October 20, 2010
Yard House chain to open restaurant in Roseville's Fountains

By Niesha Lofing

An eatery boasting the world's largest selection of draft beer is slated to move into Fountains at Roseville, where tenants are enjoying an overall rise in sales this year despite the downtrodden economy.

Yard House, an upscale casual restaurant known for its big menu selection and even bigger array of draft beer, will be taking over the 13,000-square-foot building formerly occupied by garden retailer Smith & Hawken, according to a Fountains news release.

This will be the first Northern California location for the Irvine-based chain, which has restaurants throughout Southern California and in Las Vegas, Colorado, Illinois, Hawaii, Florida and Massachusetts.

The restaurant is one of several new additions to Fountains, which has seen a 14 percent increase in sales from January to September over the same period last year. Same store sales are up more than 5 percent.

"We have a very loyal group of customers who have weathered us through these economic times," said Gloria Wright, Fountains' general manager.

The shopping mecca, which opened in summer 2008 just months before the economy soured, has had some attrition over the years, but is currently 96 percent leased. Counting letters of intent, Fountains is 99 percent leased, Wright said.

Furnitalia, an Italian furniture store, and Boulevard de Amelie, a French gift boutique, are moving into Fountains and plan to open in November.

Yard House is scheduled to open in summer 2011.

Each Yard House will feature a center island bar and "endless fleet of tap handles ranging from classic lagers to more obscure ales," the company's website states.

The keg room houses up to 5,000 gallons of beer at a time, with three to five miles of individual beer lines stretching from that room to the island bar.

The American fusion menu features more than 130 dishes and also includes options for kids.

"The food is really great, and they have a really great happy hour," said Fountains' spokeswoman Heather Atherton, who tried Yard House in San Diego. "It'll be a nice addition."

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