September 27, 2011
Hawks restaurant gives a serious look at opening downtown

hawks.JPGIt's early in this particular game, but... Chef Molly Hawks and her chef-husband, Michael Fagnoni, co-owners of Hawks restaurant in the Quarry Ponds Town Center, are planning an expansion.

"It's definitely something that's been on our minds and we're looking at a spot near the intersection of Alhambra and Stockton boulevards (in the forthcoming Stockton Boulevard Medical Building)" Hawks said on the phone today. "It's under construction, so we couldn't open until a year from now. We haven't signed a lease, so if that location doesn't pan out, we'll keep looking for another one."

Hawks pointed out that the "biggest challenge" in opening the new restaurant will be finding investors. "There's the potential for a big lunch business (at that venue)," she said, "and we're looking for investors."

As for the new place, "It will definitely reflect our style of food, but in a more casual way," she said. "We want to do something that's dressed down. We would give it a different name (than Hawks), though we might tie it in."

Earlier this month, the couple took gold and silver medals at the 26th annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival, held at the Northstar ski resort. Competing against 22 other restaurants, their housemade charcuterie won first place in the Best Food category, and second place in the Best Food & Wine Pairings category.

Hawks is at 5530 Douglas Blvd., Granite Bay; (916) 791-6200,

PHOTO CREDIT: Patrons enjoy lunch at Hawks Restaurant. Autumn Cruz/Sacramento Bee

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