Cathie Anderson

Anderson: Chef’s Table in Rocklin is getting new liquor license, not new owners

After owners of The Chef’s Table posted a notice in their front window about a liquor license changing hands, patrons began wondering whether the popular Rocklin eatery was being sold or closed. The answer is ‘no’ on both counts.

Erick Johnson told me that his restaurant has been licensed to serve only beer and wine, but he and partner Jon Irwin had long wanted to acquire a general restaurant license, which allows the sale of distilled spirits. They found one available and have filed the paperwork.

“We want to add craft cocktails,” Johnson said. “It’s not going to be a full bar, although we will have the ability to have a full bar. It’s going to be more in line with what we do with the menu and changing it every day and seasonality.”

The Chef’s Table, at 6843 Lonetree Blvd., won a place earlier this year on OpenTable’s list of the Top 100 Neighborhood Gem Restaurants in America, thanks to customer reviews.

Johnson said the approval process will take 30 days or longer. Customers frequently say they’d like to enjoy cocktails with their meal, Johnson said. If he ever moves forward with plans to open another restaurant in Placer County, he would be able to add that establishment to the license as well.