If you’re from Sacramento then more than likely you’ve been to the 4th Street Bar and Grille. But soon, the place will no longer be open to the general public for business — this after being forced out of their lease.
“This is a landmark day in Sacramento; I am getting calls off the hook. I have been here 21 years. I have seen generations of families come and go. We have celebrated anniversaries here, births of children and we had three 20-year anniversaries here for the people I presented with their rings … proposing and this day comes to a sad end,” says Ron Fleming, the owner of the 4th Street Bar and Grill.
FOX40 News learned from the owner that the restaurant is closing their doors for good. Fleming leased the property, but did not own it. Now he’s been told he’s got to go.
“We were a pioneer on this corner and unfortunate circumstances forced us to close,” Fleming says.
For years, Fleming weathered the storm of slow business in downtown Sacramento and hoped for better days. When he found out the King were staying and a new arena is going up, he thought his day had come. But that was not the case.
“It’s best for Sacramento that downtown is going to great. I am looking forward to it. I supported it the whole way. Unfortunately, for me I got the rug pulled out from under me and that is how it goes,” Fleming says.
The 4th Street Bar and Grill is scheduled to close this Friday. Fleming says drinks are on them that day at a minimal cost, with all proceeds going to charity.
Kimberly Easton filed this report.