May 12, 2011
Corner restaurant closes; new Clark's Corner to replace it

By Allen Pierleoni

The popular Corner restaurant on J Street in East Sacramento closed its doors today, but will reopen May 27 with a new name, new owner and revamped menu.

The Corner will become Clark's Corner, named after owner Clark Branscum, who grew up in East Sacramento. He will serve as the restaurant's general manager and operator, he said in a phone interview today.

The building was originally Shakey's, an iconic pizza place that opened in 1954. Decades later, the space was occupied by Sweetwater, which relocated to Midtown, then became the Corner in October 2009.

Branscum, 30, graduated from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, majoring in the hospitality and restaurant management program. He became partners in two San Francisco businesses that have since closed - U Street Lounge and Kelley's Tavern, both in the Marina District.

Clark's Corner is at 5641 J St.; (916) 457-5600.

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