June 7, 2013
Sacramento restaurant holds Esther Williams history

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The death Thursday of famous swimmer and movie star Esther Williams has left some fans nostalgic for the "Bathing Beauty"'s movies, but Sacramento residents can get a little closer to the Hollywood actress' legacy.

Around 1952, Williams and then-husband Ben Gage opened a western-themed restaurant, Trails, according to a 2010 Valley Community Newspapers story on the restaurant. Menu items included barbecue ribs, steaks, hamburgers and more. Trails had two locations in Sacramento, a restaurant on Fulton Avenue, which closed around 1965, and one location near 21st and Broadway, which still operates, serving some of the same recipes.

Williams and Gage, who lived in Hollywood and tried to run the restaurants from a distance, sold both Trails around 1954 to auto dealer Al Nahas and his wife, Myrle Nahas, the story said.

In 1979, the restaurant changed hands again. It is now owned and operated by Gin Wong, who declined comment Friday.

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