Here's a bit of Sacramento history free for the taking. The old wooden booths from the Rosemount Grill - in more recent years Andiamo - have been removed from the landmark restaurant and are lined up in the parking lot for anyone who wants them.
They are complete with thoughtful hat hooks from the days before baseball caps became fashion statements that stay on throughout a meal. The booths are believed to date from 1945, when the Rosemount moved from 9th Street to Folsom Boulevard and 32nd Street.
"It broke my heart to take them out," says Barbara Mikacich, who converted the site into Andiamo after the Rosemount closed. She's been trying to sell the site since closing Andiamo last year after a 16-year run, and now has teamed up with caterer Judy Haeling, owner of Event Architects, to turn it into a facility for weddings and other special occasions. New carpeting has been installed over the floor where the booths once stood. "They were very sturdy, hard to get out," she says. "The room is open now so it can be set up any way anyone wants it."
As Andiamo Events Center, the reborn facility is to be ready July 1. Their first formal event is to be July 21. It's a memorial service.