July 10, 2006
Poor Red's For Sale; Includes Cadillac

I'm working up a list of 50 reasons why Sacramento is such a great place to live if you're a food enthusiast. High on the list is the Gold Cadillac, also known as the Golden Cadillac, a yellow-hued cocktail made with the sweet Italian liqueur Galliano, white creme de cacao, Half and Half, and ice, all whipped into a froth with a blender. It's the signature drink of Poor Red's in El Dorado, which introduced it along about 1952.

The Bee reported in one of its regional editions in June that Poor Red’s is up for sale. So I called Dave Chapdelaine, who has owned Poor Red's since 1992 and who has been a fixture on the premises for more than 30 years, starting as dishwasher.

As we chatted, he dropped the bombshell that Poor Red's is up for sale, and is drawing all kinds of interest, though no deal yet has been closed. If you want to get in on the bidding, he'll sell the business alone for about $549,000. If the buyer wants the century-old building that houses the restaurant, the price will be around $759,000.

Poor Red's, now in its 54th year, is best known for its ribs and New York steak...and the Gold Cadillac. It's reputedly the largest user of Galliano in the world, going through "30 or 35" bottles on a Saturday night, says Chapdelaine.

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