Editor's View: Sutter Street is going strong

By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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A quick stroll along Sutter Street on a recent sunny afternoon revealed some nice activity, aside from the ongoing construction work. I chatted with local shutterbug Mike Virgil, with, as he was snapping pics of the Streetscape work at Reading and Sutter streets. He tells me he recently photographed all the work at Auburn’s Streetscape project. He resides in Loomis. “I like to take photos of this kind of activity because maybe someday, somebody will want to look at them,” he said. Seeking lunch, I worked my way up from our offices at 921 Sutter St. to scope out the local scene. David Doherty, with Stanfield Systems, was busy chatting with Chef Tomas Nevoral outside of Old Europe. A decent lunch crowd seemed to be enjoying themselves inside Sutter Street Grill. An open door at Sutter Street Theatre piqued my curiosity so I poked my head inside. Mike Jimena, one of the owners of the theater, was busy painting the set for “Into the Woods,” the theater’s latest show. He took a few minutes to chat with me before I stopped into the Folsom Hotel. I’ve heard they serve up a mean lunch, but unfortunately the kitchen wasn’t ready to serve yet. So, I strolled across the street to Pizzeria Classico and had a very healthy salad followed by a hearty (and less healthy) pepperoni and black olive 7-inch pizza. On the way back to the office I spotted plenty of locals and tourists enjoying the afternoon. Bob Relei, with Guido’s Deli and Wine, was walking back to his place as well, giving us a chance to chat along the way. “They sure are making good progress on this work,” he said. “I’m glad they’re getting this portion done so quickly.” For those who say Sutter Street is dead, well, they should come walk the street some evening or afternoon. The street is alive with activity, and they aren’t just Hawaiian-shirt wearing tourists. Handcar derby time Railroad Museum mainstay Bill Anderson is steaming along with the upcoming Folsom Handcar Derby. If you’ve never witnessed this display of brawny behavior, be sure to turn out May 1 and 2 at East Bidwell Street at Broadstone Marketplace (where the railroad tracks are, of course). They are still looking for handcar teams so contact them at 985-6001 or visit for more details. Don Chaddock is the managing editor of the Telegraph. He can be reached at