Business & Real Estate

Chef Ridgeway developing downtown restaurant with a touch of London

Oliver Ridgeway, executive chef of the Grange Restaurant & Bar in downtown Sacramento, will leave that post next month to devote his time to a new downtown restaurant.

Ridgeway is developing a chef-driven concept called Camden Spit & Larder, scheduled to open this fall at 555 Capitol Mall.

Ridgeway has overseen cuisine at the Grange, 926 J St., for more than six years but will move on to his new project full time in late February.

The new restaurant will be adjacent to the VIP entrance to the Golden 1 Center arena. Camden Spit & Larder is being touted as “a London-inspired, decidedly California restaurant.”

The new restaurant will draw on a wide range of ingredients from the Sacramento region, stressing sustainability, seasonal salad/side offerings and Pacific Northwest specialties, with an ambiance reflecting Ridgeway’s British roots. Planners said the site will be reminiscent of a cosmopolitan London eatery.

The restaurant’s name refers to the spit-roasted meats that will be central to the menu. Lunch and dinner offerings will include English and American cheeses and desserts. A full bar will include local craft beers.

The new eatery also will have a private dining room, The Larder, which will be available for meetings and special events catered by Ridgeway.

Ridgeway has a well-established reputation for building diverse flavor profiles, drawing from farms and growers throughout Northern California. He has overseen multiple high-profile public events, including overseeing the opulent Tower Bridge dinner.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover