The Barn, a one of a kind culinary and music venue along the West Sacramento riverfront opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony and major announcements today. Located at the southern end of the nearly mile-long River Walk promenade, the Barn has been designed to blend a food service operation with seasonal events, at a variety of scales.
“The Barn expands our entertainment district,” said West Sacramento Councilmember Chris Ledesma. “It becomes a regional destination for food and music and further energizes the area’s greatest natural and recreational asset-the river.”
Mayor Christopher Cabaldon added: “The whole region has been anticipating the dynamic activation of the riverfront, and West Sacramento is stepping up.”
Developer Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Property announced that Drakes Brewing Company, of San Leandro has agreed to lease the interior spaces of the Barn to manage a restaurant and beer garden. Drake’s is an urban craft brewery featuring West Coast Style hoppy beers. Full restaurant operations at the Barn are scheduled to begin in early 2017.
The initial activation of the Barn in West Sacramento happens on August 5th, 2016 with a weekly food truck event called “Friday Nights @ the Barn” run by Off The Grid-Sacramento. CEO Matt Cohen said, “Off the Grid is extremely excited by the opportunity to partner with the City of West Sacramento and Fulcrum Property to activate the Barn on Friday nights. Off the Grid’s focus is on innovating space to build community. The Barn is the perfect venue for Off the Grid to continue its growth in West Sacramento.” Off the Grid also operates Sunday afternoons at the north end of the River Walk in front of the Ziggurat Building.
Connecting traditional themes to a modern event, Friday Nights @ The Barn will combine a night of dancing to high-energy bands and a diverse range of mouth-watering food trucks with aesthetic inspiration from a traditional Barn Dance and folk themes to create a truly unique experience for guests. Much like Off the Grid @ River Walk and Taco Fusion Tuesday at Crocker Art, Friday Nights @ The Barn will have 12+ food trucks, craft cocktails, beer and wine.
“For this, the inaugural season of the Barn, we’re really excited to partner with Off the Grid as we set off on a season of experimentation, invention and discovery,” said Fulcrum’s Mark Friedman. “We can think of no better collaborator than OtG in exploring the ways that this iconic structure and its riverfront site can be made meaningful and fun for everyone.”
Designed by the internationally-recognized firm “!melk” the Barn is an iconic structure that is essentially a bridge on land. It was built by West Sacramento- based Brown Construction from barn-like materials that curve and connect two interior service areas with an 80-foot long canopy that soars 20-feet overhead, providing shade and a sense of place for seating and events. The Barn site will host to a variety of events such as music festivals, markets, bike/foot races, movie nights, civic and charitable functions.
Completion of the Barn also marks the expansion of West Sacramento’s urban farm network. Two farmers will soon grow fresh fruits and vegetables on land adjacent to the Barn, with a farm stand on site managed by the Center for Land Based Learning.
In the fall, a new sculpture by world renowned artist Federico Diaz will be installed between the Tower Bridge and the Barn on the River Walk, further connecting and activating the landmarks and attractions that comprise the West Sacramento riverfront.
Finally, the City of West Sacramento has announced plans to rehabilitate and re-open the historic Mill Street Pier just south of the Barn atop the banks of the Sacramento River. This public lookout will provide yet another amenity for visitors to the Bridge District.
Banjo Fiddle entertained the crowd, becoming the first musical act to perform at the Barn.