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Riverside Clubhouse ownership apparently changing hands

Matt & Fred Haines, in front of their Riverside Clubhouse restaurant at 2633 Riverside Blvd. in Sacramento. The Sacramento Bee. Erhardt Krause Nov. 8, 2004
Matt & Fred Haines, in front of their Riverside Clubhouse restaurant at 2633 Riverside Blvd. in Sacramento. The Sacramento Bee. Erhardt Krause Nov. 8, 2004

The Riverside Clubhouse, a Land Park institution known for the brown-and-white Hereford above its entry, apparently is changing hands.

A March 27 public notice of an application for ownership change is posted on the restaurant at 2633 Riverside Blvd.

For years, the restaurant has been operated by brothers Fred and Matt Haines, who oversee the local restaurant firm – SRO Inc., which stands for Standing Room Only – an eatery chain that includes the 33rd Street Bistro restaurant at 3301 Folsom Blvd. in Sacramento; Suzie Burger at 2820 P St. in midtown Sacramento; Wildwood Kitchen & Bar in the Pavilions shopping center; and Bistro 33 Davis at 226 F St., in Davis.

The new ownership entity is identified on the public notice as Crawford Restaurant Group, which also has filed for a license with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

At the start of 2018, SRO closed its Bistro 33 restaurant at 4364 Town Center Blvd in El Dorado Hills, ending a 10-year run.

Per usual, Riverside Clubhouse opened at 3 p.m. on Monday, with a scheduled closing time of 9 p.m. No one commented on the pending changes.

Phone calls seeking comment from the Haines brothers on Monday were not returned.

The Riverside Clubhouse opened in 2003, at the site of the old Hereford House bar and restaurant, a one-time Land Park landmark.

The Haines brothers bought the place in 2001 and proceeded to flatten it and then dig in on an extensive renovation, but they kept the big signature, brown-and-white Hereford decoration, placing it over the entrance.

A horseshoe-shaped central bar greets guests as they enter the eatery. Other touches include a patio, a three-tiered fireplace and a wall of water. The patio has proved to be a popular dining spot during warm Sacramento evenings.

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