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New restaurant Bennigan’s opens downtown, taking over Cafe Bernardo’s former location

The former Woolworth’s at 10th and K streets has undergone a couple of redos in recent years. As of Tuesday, June 6, 2017, the location is now a Bennigan’s.
The former Woolworth’s at 10th and K streets has undergone a couple of redos in recent years. As of Tuesday, June 6, 2017, the location is now a Bennigan’s. Sacramento Bee Staff Photo

New restaurant Bennigan’s finally opened on Tuesday, six months after its January projected opening date.

The restaurant announced the opening in a post on its Facebook page.

The popular chain restaurant takes over the location at the corner of 10th and K Streets that once housed Cafe Bernardo and its accompanying KBar. Former owner Randy Paragary sold the location last October and told the Bee’s Cathie Anderson that it was a “hardheaded business move.”

One of the reasons why Paragary sold the location to franchisee Calben Inc. was the increased development in the downtown area. Bennigan’s is within walking distance of the Sacramento Convention Center, the State Capitol and the Golden 1 Center.

Sacramento is the third Bennigan’s location built in California. The first two locations built were in Santa Clara and Fremont. The location in Santa Clara is still open, but the location in Fremont is closed, according to yelp.com.

Bennigan’s offers a wide variety of classic items like burgers, steak and ribs. Early reviews on the restaurant’s Facebook page praised the restaurant’s food and service.

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