SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Fat City Bar & Café in Old Sacramento will close after 43 years on Nov. 2.
Cobble roads and an old town feel bring visitors from far and near to Old Sacramento. But people are worried that the businesses that have been around for years will be leaving the area.
Jermaine Starks said whenever he wants to get an experience of what Sacramento really is, he visits Old Sacramento and the places and restaurants that have been open for 30 to 40 years.
Fat City Bar & Café is one of those places but the owners recently announced the restaurant’s closure.
“That’s what’s sad to see something like this, not go down, but to close,” Starks said.
Copper Forged owner Robert Ulucan said he worries it will impact the success of other businesses on the waterfront.
“I actually found out about it this morning. It was a shocker,” Ulucan said.
He recently opened Copper Forged right next door to Fat City.
“I’ve met a lot of people who came to old town just to have lunch or a cocktail,” Ulucan said. “Fats is a landmark here and people come here just for that experience.”
Old City Kites owner Ann Khan said she wants to see more marketing for mom-and-pop shops in Old Sacramento — shops struggling to make ends meet.
“If they are not supporting what is here already, most people won’t want to come down and open a new business,” Khan said.
In a statement, Fat City Bar & Café owner Jerry Fat said the closure is in part due to a steady “decline in Old Sacramento business coupled with rising costs and increasing competition for those shrinking dollars”.
Starks said Old Sacramento will always remain a hidden gem. He’s hoping this small piece of Sacramento history won’t be forgotten.
“Is it going to be another Starbucks, is it going to all of the people that met here, got married, and said I, ‘Remember when we met here.’ It’s sad to see it go,” Starks said.
The owners of Fat City Bar & Café also have restaurants in downtown, Roseville and Folsom.