Have you ever checked out Yoshi's, the live music spot and Japanese dinner house with locations in San Francisco and Oakland? A new Sacramento spot, Antigua Cantina & Grill, aspires to be the local equivalent and with a Latin twist. So far, Antigua has booked Salvador Santana - son of famed guitarist Carlos Santana, and a fine musician in his own right - to play at Antigua on March 9.
Meanwhile, Antigua is undergoing a few months of soft launching. Located in the former Three Monkeys spot at 723 K St. - which catered to those who wanted sushi, pork sliders and bratwurst in a single setting a.k.a. hardly anyone - Antigua's formal grand opening won't be until May 5 aka Cinco de Mayo. For now, Antigua is open for happy hour and as a nightclub from Thursdays through Saturdays.
Antigua will also host a tequila tasting on Wednesday at 6 p.m., which costs $20 and includes samples of Avion (aka Turtle's tequila from "Entourage") and Tequila Clase Azul. Attendees also get three appetizers, including pan roasted gulf prawns with walnut cilatro pesto.
The main menu for Antigua's restaurant is still under development - as is the space itself, with some flooring still underway - but aims for a "Latin bistro" style of cooking. Look for announcements about a special Valentine's Day dinner and more music bookings in the near future.
"We're taking European and modern techniques, and fusing the flavors to come up with something different," said Sid Aguirre, Antigua's general manager. "What I'm also excited about is when we do live concerts, people can literally get off Light Rail and walk right into the gate for the event."
For more information: (916) 444-1323 or www.antiguasacramento.com