Easy on I: Established February 2014

551146_521363514648573_802146834_nBy Aimee Darville

Out with the old, in with the new and refreshing: a bar with tv’s that is not just a sports bar! Carol and Mike Hoyt are the proud owners of Easy on I (1725 I St.) a new neighborhood bar & grill serving select draft beer and American food “made from scratch”.  

Easy on I opens its doors TODAY, and you can catch the Olympics Opening Ceremony at 7:30 PM. I didn’t say they wouldn’t show sports, but they’ll also play the Oscars, the news, you get the idea…whatever people want to watch!

Previously Michaelangelo’s, Mike and Carol transformed the oft closed restaurant into a welcoming spot on a block bordering between commercial and residential: “We want everyone to feel comfortable coming in after work or after a bike ride to relax.” Carol made sure to let me know before I took off (on bike), but not before asking me what I like to drink. I have a feeling Carol has been asking a lot of people what they drink lately.

Born and raised in Sacramento, Mike and Carol have done the research to know what people want: good food and drinks done right. And they are putting their menu where their mouth is with homemade dressings on classics like tri-tip and chicken wings and new twists on comfort foods like Guinness corned beef and a Salmon Rueben. I personally can’t wait to try the French Onion Soup!

There is a tap for everyone: El Conquistador Extra Pale Ale, Scrimshaw Pilsner, Angry Orchard, Murphy’s Stout, even one of Hamm’s first kegs! My personal favorite is Track 7’s Amber Daylight because I’m in an Amber ale phase and it happens to be from Sacramento. Statues of Laurel & Hardy, taken from Mike & Carol’s favorite bar in Marysville, flank the tap handles and add to the space’s homegrown ambience.

It’s little touches like Laurel & Hardy and one free refill of coffee, juice or soda that make Easy on I a great new option that’s also easy on your wallet. Taking food and to go orders until midnight, this feels like the kind of place where everybody (will) know your name…or maybe I just feel that way because Carol was expecting me so she knew my name. 🙂

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