All Hail the Gastropub Kupros!

Executive chef John Gurnee

By Chantel Elder and Laura Braden

Kupros Bistro (1217 21st Street) has hit the ground running in Midtown.

Kupros, Latin for copper, is one of Sacramento’s first gastro pubs, which basically takes traditional-comfort-bar food to the next level, using unique and local ingredients.

“The idea is to offer the same quality of food as the top restaurants in town, but in a more casual atmosphere,” said executive chef John Gurnee, formerly of Masons in Downtown Sacramento.

Kupros Bistro will hold its grand opening  on Friday, Oct. 1 and Saturday, Oct. 2 and will be open for lunch and dinner 7 days-a-week thereafter. Brunch will be featured on Saturdays and Sundays, which we are super stoked about!

Hours of operation are:

  • Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Daily
  • Dinner 5 – 10 p.m. Daily
  • Happy Hour 3 – 6 p.m. M-F
  • Bar open 11:30 a.m. – midnight Mon-Sat
  • 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sun

Housed in the old Cheap Thrills costume shop, the restaurant has been restored to its former glory: an old, 1910 craftsman home – complete with beautiful wood detailing and stained glass windows everywhere. There’s a killer patio (upstairs and down), and the upstairs seating area feels like you’re eating in a friend’s home (complete with living room/sitting area). Extra bonus? Not a single TV throughout the entire restaurant/bar.

Patrons enjoying the upstairs patio.

The atmosphere is lovely and laidback (good for lunch with a client, dinner date or drinks with the girls), and the food is ridiculous! The day of our photo shoot, we tried the fried pickles, fig/melon/pork belly salad and some beautiful concoction of fries, smothered in shredded rabbit, smothered in melted cheese curds. On the lighter side, their Watanabe Tomato salad is fresh and crisp!

Everyone we met – from the owner Stephen Tokuhama to executive chef John Gurnee to general manager Hugo Herreros to the bartenders and servers – was warm and friendly. You could really tell they’re passionate and excited about this venture.

Upstairs seating area...Beautiful Craftsman details!
Owner Steve Tokuhama - check out the gorgeous stained glass ceiling behind him!
Great beer selection!
John hard at work...Fried pickles on the right!
Sneak peek into the kitchen on the left...Decadent yumminess on the right.
John hard at work - part 2.
Co-editor Laura hard at work sampling John's creations. 🙂
Watanabe Tomato salad

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  1. Misha Angelacos says

    Tomato* on last photot is spelled wrong – unless it’s on purpose then sorry!

  2. admin says

    Typo fixed – thanks Misha!

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