West Sacramento, Calif. buys local Italian-American restaurant

West Sacramento pocketed a pheasant a long time ago. Now it’s preserving it.

The West Sacramento City Council voted at Wednesday’s meeting to buy pheasant clubthe Palamidessi family’s beloved Italian-American restaurant which will close after 87 years next month.

The 8,452 square foot building and 2.15 acre lot at 2525 Jefferson Blvd. will cost the city $3.4 million from its Community Investment Fund. It’s not yet clear what the property will be used for, and the deal won’t close until Dec. 6, around the time Club Pheasant closes.

The Pheasant Club Building was originally constructed in 1912 as the soil and agricultural laboratory of UC Davis. George and Luisa Palamidessi bought it in 1935 and opened a restaurant called the Hideaway Cafe in its place.

The name changed, but the Palamidessi family kept the property over the years, adding a dining room dedicated to Luisa in 1977 and an outdoor patio in 1997. Pastas, steaks and salads came out of the kitchen for ages. generations, establishing Club Pheasant as the most in West Sacramento. iconic restaurant.

“It has been enjoyed by generations of local families and renowned throughout the Sacramento area for its garlic steak sandwiches, fried ravioli and other Italian specialties,” wrote Diane Richards, acting director of economic development. and housing, in a report presented at Wednesday’s meeting.

The founders’ great-grandchildren still run Club Pheasant today, but plans announced in June to close the restaurant by the end of 2022. They planned to sell to a local property developer Ridge Capitalwho was considering demolishing the building, according to Richards’ report.

City staff instead reached an agreement to transfer Ridge Capital’s purchase agreement to the city, with an additional $90,000 to cover the developer’s building analysis costs and a $160,000 buyout.

The city will assess the building and begin talking to potential buyers over the next few months, hoping to sell to a developer who will offer some sort of food option.

The property is zoned for a variety of uses including gas stations, convenience stores and retail stores in addition to the restaurant which has existed for nearly 90 years. However, further use as a restaurant would “require significant investment,” according to Richards’ report.

There is a 3 1/2 mile model on the road from Club Pheasant: Burgers and beerwho took over West Sacramento’s The 1940s Washington Fire Station in 2016 after a similar intervention by the city.

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Benjy Egel covers local restaurants and bars for The Sacramento Bee as well as breaking general news and investigative projects. A native of Sacramento, he previously covered affairs for the Amarillo Globe-News in Texas.

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