Look for a new eatery and watering hole to open by February at the former Hangar 17 at 17th and S streets. The new business, which has yet to be named, will be run by the owners of the Golden Bear who recently signed a lease for the space. According to Golden Bear co-owner Kimio Bazett, the concept of the new space is still being worked out, but a major renovation is planned. Hangar 17 shut down in March after six years of business.
"It will be unrecognizable as Hangar 17," said Bazett. "It will also be more different than the Golden Bear. It'll be a little more grown-up but still have a comfortable, neighborhood feel."
In related news, mixologist Chris Tucker has joined the Golden Bear's staff and will make cocktails at this 24th and K spot on Fridays and Saturdays. Tucker, known as one of Sacramento's most respected mixologists, became a free agent after his former employer, L Wine Lounge & Urban Kitchen, shut down indefinitely in July. Bazett expects that Tucker will take on a greater role with the Golden Bear, including possibly run its bar program and work closely with the new venture on 17th and S.