March 8, 2011
A new restaurant set to open on a section of H that needs a jolt

Another young chef is taking his shot, opening a new restaurant at 11th and H in the building formerly occupied by Sofia Restaurant.

According to Suzanne Hurt's Sacramento Press story, Jason Lockard left his position as chef at Brew It Up at 14th and H to stake a claim as a restaurateur.

Lockard is preparing to open Blue Prynt, a restaurant and bar whose curious spelling will allow the "y" in "Prynt" to be in the shape of a martini glass on the sign. Now there's an idea that really needed an intervention. Nevertheless, this restaurant isn't going to rise or fall on spelling or nomenclature.

One of the big questions is location.

Even though Blue Prynt is only three blocks from Brew It Up, it gets sleepier after 5 p.m. the lower you go on H. This location will have to be a destination for people to leave the excitement and multiple nightlife options in midtown to head down there for a good time.

According to Hurt's story, Lockard has a plan - or several plans - and none of them have anything to do with a martini glass.

Lockard wants to get in on the Second Saturday success, even though his restaurant will be off the beaten - and busy - path. To attract people down his way, he wants to open a small farmers market on a front patio and in a banquet room, with hopes of expanding to a large parking lot if all goes well.

He also wants to get in on the art scene by hosting art shows and musical performances on Second Saturdays.

Be that as it may, if Lockard can really cook some serious food - and word spreads about that cooking - his restaurant will be busy. That split-level room is very attractive and has lots of potential.

Throw in some imaginative drink specials and friendly service and you're on your way.

A thriving restaurant will be a welcome addition to that part of town. Best of luck to the chef as he gears up to open a restaurant he can call his own.

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