Visconti's moving to bigger digs

Editor's column
By: Don Chaddock, The Telegraph
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QUICK BITES – I received a phone call from a confused reader recently who asked where Visconti’s is relocating. As we’ve published before, they are moving to Broadstone near Ruby Tuesday and B.J.’s Brewing Co. Our story on restaurants opening in this economy mentioned that a new restaurant is opening in The Ravine. That was followed by a sentence that Visconti’s was relocating to meet demand. The two are not related, folks! The eatery going into The Ravine’s old spot is called ABs (pronounced like abby’s). Visconti’s is just moving farther down East Bidwell Street to a bigger space that will include patio dining, banquet room and full bar. They should be opening in just a few weeks! * * * COUNTY CHATTER – Sacramento County Supervi-sor Roberta MacGlashan has cobbled together a crack team to look at the county’s $187 million general fund budget shortfall (read her guest column this week). Some of the members of the all-volunteer committee read like a who’s who of local politics. Former Rep. Doug Ose is heading up the group. Ose unsuccessfully sought to replace Rep. John T. Doolittle in the last election, losing the Republican primary to Tom McClintock. Others to serve on the committee include Folsom City Councilwoman Kerri Howell, retired Sacramento County Finance Officer Geoff Davey, Undersheriff Mark Iwasa, Citrus Heights Mayor James Shelby and plenty of others. “The county’s fiscal situation as it has developed over the past 10 years affects all of us,” Ose said. “Supervisor MacGlashan has recognized the critical nature of the problem. We will be providing feedback immediately.” Good luck, gang! You’re gonna need it. * * * EARTH WEEK – From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, Folsom Lake College will host its first “Green Machine” Earth Week Bicycle Fair as part of its eco-friendly festival. The fair will sport speakers, workshops, vendors, community agencies and demonstrations, according to Scott Crow, the guy in charge of publicity for the college. I’m told the celebration will also have music, food, pedi-cab team races and a raffle for a free bicycle. The event is sponsored by the Folsom Lake College Student Eco Club and the student government. There is no admission charge, so pedal on over to check it out. If you’re driving, it’ll cost you a buck for a parking pass. If you’d like more info, call Sandy Brown at 608-6611 or Marc Olsen at 849-8611. * * * THAT’S SHOWBIZ – Mike Jimena is taking a break from the stage for a spell, but that doesn’t mean he’s taking it easy. He said he’s been in every major show at Stage Nine Theater since June. His name is not in the cast list for their latest offering, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” “I don’t have rehearsals,” he said, gleefully planning uses for his newfound time. “Actually, I’m going to be doing a lot of the business side of things (for the theater and shop).” Jimena is helping with Sutter Street events and is actively involved in the Historic Business District Association. He also helped design the set of “Beauty and the Beast” at Woodcreek and the set of the new show at Stage Nine. –