July 28, 2010
August marks the start of happy hour deals at Ella

ella.jpgBy Niesha Lofing

One good thing resulting from the recession? Fine dining spots offering happy hour deals.

Ella Dining Room & Bar, Randall Selland's elegant restaurant at the heart of K Street, is the latest to jump on the bargain bandwagon. Starting Monday, the hot spot is offering a daily happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. throughout August.

Drink deals include $5 glasses of wine and signature cocktails, such as the elderflower gimlet and Randall's margarita, for $4 to $7.

A new "bar bites" menu also is available. Among the offerings are a BLT Flatbread ($10), crispy confit chicken wings ($9) and house marinated olives ($4).

Josh Nelson, the restaurant's general manager, said the happy hour is hoped to "introduce people to a more casual side of Ella."

"We have been very successful in caring out our vision of the dining room and now want to introduce people to our vision of the bar and lounge," he wrote in an e-mail to The Bee. "The idea is to get people to understand that they can pop into Ella and have a quick bite and a drink in the bar and lounge, as well as have a great dining experience in the dining room."

*Sacramento Bee photo by Jose Luis Villegas

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