Appetizers
August 5, 2013
Drewski's Hot Rod Kitchen pulling out of Republic sports bar

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Drewski's Hot Rod Kitchen was among the first of Sacramento's food trucks to branch out from mobile food vending to operating a brick-and-mortar restaurant. In February of 2012, Drewski's started running the food program at downtown's Republic Bar & Grill, selling its signature grilled sandwiches in a sports bar setting. However, the partnership between Drewski's and Republic is about to end.

Andrew Blaskovich says the satellite version of his Drewski's Hot Rod Kitchen will end at Republic by Sept. 1. Blaskovich plans to use his upcoming McClellan Park location, which he expects to open in two weeks, as the hub of his operations which includes two food trucks and a recently opened cafe in Folsom.

"Basically, I outgrew the place," said Blaskovich about Republic. "The kitchen was too small for the overall volume of I'm dealing with. Besides, I couldn't park my trucks there and it costs me $1,300 a month for a commissary. Having my own facility saves me $1,300 out the gate and I have ample storage."

Blaskovich's kitchen at McClellan Office Park will be 1,500 square feet, and he plans to use the space to also prep some foods there for his other Drewski's operations.

"It'll allow me to be a little more adventurous with my menu concepts," said Blaskovich. "At Republic, I had to stack things on top of things and we were sharing a very limited cold facility with beer kegs. It just wasn't working."

As for who's taking over the food operations at Republic, we're chasing the information down and will update when that comes through.

Blaskovich is eyeing even more expansion for his Drewski's brand, including some "top secret stuff that's going to be huge." Other local food trucks which have branched into stand-alone eateries include Krush Burger, Coast to Coast Sandwiches and Wicked 'Wich.

Meanwhile, Blaskovich says he's thankful to Republic for kickstarting his foray into the world of brick and mortar restaurants.

"I'm not angry at anyone," said Blaskovich. "I appreciate the opportunities I had with Republic that allowed me to do what I did for the last year and a half."

FROM THE BEE:

* Drewski to open second and third brick-and-mortar eateries

* Some food truck owners taking the next step, opening restaurants

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