Big Changes Coming to Paragary's
By Laura Braden
Paragary is a name synonymous with the Sacramento restaurant scene and the farm-to-fork movement. From KBar to Cafe Bernardo to Esquire Grill, Randy Paragary has been launching and investing in venues throughout Sacramento for over three decades.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Randy is currently in the middle of not one, but two major projects on the grid.
The first is the Assembly (1000 K Street) (Facebook), which is a new state-of-the-art, 9,000 square foot concert venue to rival places like Harlows and Ace of Spades. It’s replacing the Cosmo Cabaret and will host everything from live music to improv comedy with the B Street Theatre.
“What we intend to do fits the demographic of what is happening down there,” Paragary said to the Sacramento Bee.
I got a sneak peek during our SMEBB mixer at KBar, and it’s truly impressive. A huge dance floor, plenty of seating, gorgeous bar and tiered booth seating that reminded me of a swanky Vegas club. The Assembly is hosting their grand opening party this Friday, March 22 from 10:00pm-2:00am. The party will feature live music from cover band Pop Fiction, and admission is free (RSVP here.)
It’s named after John Sutter’s Hock Farm, which was established in 1841 as the first large-scale agricultural settlement in Northern California (AKA our area’s first farm-to-fork enterprise).
It’s slated to open this April, and the menu (and cocktails) will change with the seasons and availability of local produce. Expect the space to look drastically different than Spataros – the bar will actually be separated from the restaurant and refashioned into a new nightclub called Vanguard.
What’s especially neat is that Randy has made three long-time employees (Spataro chef David LaRoche, Cafe Bernardo general manager Shaun Freeman and Centro bar manager Brad Peters) business partners in the new venture. Spataro has long been a lunch and happy hour staple for young professionals and folks that work in the “Big White Building.” It was consistently good, but I’m glad to see something fresh and innovative going into that space.
And if that weren’t enough to keep the Paragary Restaurant Group busy, they’re also organizing a fundraiser on Saturday, April 6 to benefit Soil Born Farm’s American River Ranch Restoration and Development Fund. Soil Born is a local farm focused on “a system of food production and distribution that promotes healthy living, nurtures the environment and brings people together to share the simple pleasures of living life in harmony with nature.” It’ll be your first chance to try out Hock’s menu, and the donations will help create an outdoor kitchen classroom and commercial kitchen to support Soil Born’s education programs.