Two Sacramento-area restaurants abruptly closed doors this week, disappointing local residents who had planned to patronize the establishments for New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill in the Palladio at Broadstone shopping complex in Folsom was closed on Wednesday, despite early-in-the-week promotions of a New Year’s Eve party at the site. Also closed on New Year’s Eve for unexplained reasons was Clark’s Corner, which opened in 2011 at 5641 J St., in east Sacramento.
Toby Keith’s opened in Folsom in 2012, touting live music, burgers, beer and country/western atmosphere, with the restaurant’s very name based on a hit song by country music singer/songwriter Keith.
However, nearby retailers said this week that the local Toby Keith’s had uneven foot traffic, packed on some weekend nights but virtually deserted on other days. The Palladio merchants said they are already hearing speculation that Nordstrom Rack ultimately will move into the site. Nordstrom Rack is the discount clearance arm of the upscale, Seattle-based retailer.
Attempts to get comment from the Arizona-based company that manages the Toby Keith’s chain were unsuccessful.
On Friday, a news post by the Newport News Daily Press in Virginia reported that Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill in that community will be “repurposed as a more ‘family-friendly’ venue. The Daily Press also noted in the post that the restaurant “paid back taxes owed to Newport News in June.”
Clark’s Corner at the corner of J and 57th streets was the latest in a series of restaurants at a site with a notable history.
It was the original home of Shakey’s, a pizza purveyor that opened in 1954 and eventually grew to become a nationwide chain. Decades later, the space was occupied by Sweetwater, which relocated to midtown; it became the Corner in October 2009. That was closed in early May 2011, but the venue was quickly revamped an reopened as Clark’s Corner, under new owner Clark Branscum.
Attempts to reach Clark’s Corner operators/employees on Friday were unsuccessful.
Call The Bee’s Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.