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Switching from Computers to Cutlery

A consortium of guys with a vision of a neighborly yet upscale restaurant specializing in "American comfort food" has taken over the former midtown Sacramento branch of Radio Shack at 2716 J St.

Friday, they kick off the permitting process, and if their plans materialize as quickly as they hope the restaurant - G.V. Hurley's - will open late this year, says Erick Johnson, who is swapping a career managing country clubs to manage the place.

The name G.V. Hurley's derives from the names and business interests of the principal partners, all developers - Brian Vail of River West Investments, Steve Goodwin of Township Nine, and Pete Geremia of St. Anton Partners and Hurley Construction.

In the restaurant business, concept to opening customarily takes much longer than six months, but Johnson says all architectural plans have been completed and that the construction backgrounds of the principals should help accelerate the remodeling.

"It will be pretty masculine, but with an edgy side," says Johnson. Plans call for a small bar inside, a patio in back, and "lots of fire and water themes." "It will be a downhome family-and-friend neighborhood restaurant. We'll have American comfort food with authentic Southern cooking, but it won't be focused on barbecue," Johnson says.

The restaurant will be next door to the new Gianni's Trattoria, and just west of Centro Cocina Mexicana and east of Harlow's, making this block of J Street one of the more restaurant rich in the city.

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