Relish Burger owner taps into planned pub in El Dorado Hills

By: Laura Newell, Of the Telegraph
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EL DORADO HILLS, CA - Residents will soon have a new place to sip beer, listen to music and taste a variety of pub-inspired foods.

Richard Righton, owner of Bidwell Street Bistro in Folsom and Relish Burger Bar in El Dorado Hills, will open a new pub called 36Handles in December.

The pub will open in the shuttered Irish Pub Kinnee O’Reilly’s in the Montano de El Dorado center in El Dorado Hills. Kinnee O’Reilly’s closed its doors in August.

“It’s no secret that I’m an Englishman and so I love a good pub,” Righton said. “I walked in the doors and wanted this pub. It’s just perfect and very beautifully built and designed. Everything from the woodwork to the metals inside is done very well – it’s just a beautiful building.”

Following his reputations in his other two restaurants, Righton said the pub will feature a variety of “nibbles” or appetizers, and full meals including salads, sandwiches and rustic pub fare.

“We will offer a lot of California-inspired food options and are healthy,” he said. “But we will also have some pub favorites that are a bit heavier like our shepard’s pie. Our signature dish will be the fish and chips.”

The pub will also feature a variety of drinks including 36 beers on tap, bottled beer, hard cider, wines and a full bar.

“I’ve learned beer is the new wine,” Righton said. “We will have tasters available for people to try new and different flavors. It’s a lot of fun.”

Righton plans to open 36Handles at the beginning of December with a soft opening prior.

“We have this unbelievably beautiful building for the pub, it’s really a wow,” Righton said. “So now, I need to put a wow on the table. This is a fun, family restaurant as well as a pub to just sit and drink beer. People will really feel relaxed and comfortable when coming here. We have something for everyone.”

The new pub will also offer 75 new jobs for the community, said Righton.

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