The 102-year-old D.O. Mills Bank building at 629 J St. will reopen at 9 p.m. this Wednesday as The Bank, downtown Sacramento’s long-awaited food hall with no shortage of alcohol.
Seven fast-casual kitchens — two will open Wednesday — will replace what was the Sacramento Grand Ballroom for the last two decades on the ground floor. The last actual bank tenant left in 1990, three years before businessman James W. Cameron Jr. bought the building and began converting it into a corporate hub.
The Bank’s basement houses 68 self-service beer and cider taps — which are available in 2-ounce, 4-ounce, 8-ounce and 16-ounce pours — as well as 18 TVs and two ornate private rooms. The main floor’s bar looks like a somewhat refined sports bar, similar to Firestone Public House, while bottle service and higher-priced liquors give the mezzanine bar an old-world feel like The Shady Lady Saloon, spokesman Patrick Harbison said.
“The hope here is that no matter what your budget is or what you want your experience to be, we can create that here,” Harbison said.
Co-owners Minnie Nguyen and Trinh Le will hawk a trimmed-down version of their Station 16 menu with a name to match, including burgers, lobster rolls and milkshakes.
Nguyen and Lee also own Station 38 coffeehouse in East Sacramento and Firehouse Crawfish in South Sacramento. Sactown Magazine previously reported Station 8’s burgers will range from classic (grass-fed beef on a brioche bun) to eccentric (pork belly stuck between two baos).