The Gastropub Comes to Sacramento

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Sacramento is finally about to get its first gastropub. John Gurnee, formerly the chef at Mason’s, is opening one, called Kupro’s, in the old Cheap Thrills space at 1217 21st Street. What’s a gastropub? It’s a pub that serves high-quality food, not the slop traditionally dished up at English pubs. Gastropubs got their start in Great Britain almost 20 years ago, then migrated across the pond to places like New York and San Francisco. Now, like all good things, the gastropub is finally making its way to Sacramento. (Better late than never.) Gurnee says he’ll serve good, simple, no-frills food—nothing forced or contrived. Such as? Oysters, bone marrow, flank steak with potatoes cooked in duck fat, and poutine, the national dish of Canada: french fries with short-rib gravy (pictured above). Sandwiches will include a pork belly BLT and a duck confit reuben. Gurnee is also hoping to serve housemade corn nuts and Bavarian pretzels. The restaurant space is a 1910 Craftsman on several levels. It will feel like an old-school tavern, Gurnee says. He’s shooting for a mid-July opening and promises the 135-seat restaurant will open no later than Aug. 1.