The Bee reported last month that two east Sacramento eateries, Gonul's J St. Cafe and Formoli's Bistro, would be swapping locations. That time is now about to come, with Gonul's changing its name to Vanilla Bean Bistro and opening June 6 at 3260 J St. Note that Gonul's will close its current location at 3839 J St. on May 29 to make way for the move.
Blum says that she's changing the name of her restaurant since so many people have a hard time pronouncing her first name. Her new space will be about 1,200 square-feet smaller than the former location, and plans to run some cooking classes once Vanilla Bean Bistro is up and running.
"We're going to do almost the same menu," said Blum. "We'll use mostly organic ingredients and grow things in the summertime in our garden. So, we'll harvest in the morning and bring it in the same day."
For more information: 916-457-1155; www.vanillabeanbistro.com.