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which was a wonderful place, but that was sort of it,” Smith says. “But we always saw the potential.” Smith says he and his partners liked how close the land for The Mill is to down- town, seeing the area as “kind of a dia- mond in the rough.” Jamie’s Bar & Grill, a renowned Sac- ramento restaurant that was featured roughly a decade ago on the Food Net- work’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” represents the kind of eatery traditionally common to Broadway: somewhat gritty — at least its outside appearance with a drab, wood-shingle exterior — but fiercely defended by supporters. “It’s a small, little place but it’s always packed,” says Brenda Crain, who relocated with her husband just over a year ago from Elk Grove to The Mill. The ambience of Jamie’s fits, perhaps, with the general industrial decor in the immediate surrounding stretches of West Broadway. “I think that you had a lot of vi- able industrial uses in that area and may- be not as much development pressure for them to be anything other than what they are,” says Stacia Cosgrove, a planner for the city. Two new West Broadway restaurants, however, have opened in recent years with sleeker decor. First, longtime Broadway bar Joe Marty’s, which had shuttered after a 2005 fire, reopened in late 2015 as a bar and grill that now operates as Sampino’s Kitchen at Joe Marty’s. Then in 2017, East Sacramento-based Selland’s Market Café and Bike Dog Brew- ing Company opened locations in a build- ing at 9th Street and Broadway, across from the Historic City Cemetery and just down from the Alder Grove public-hous- ing complex. Sacramento City Councilman Steve Hansen, whose district includes the West Broadway area, says the building for Sel- land’s and Bike Dog served as a Safeway in the 1950s. Selland’s co-founder Josh Nelson says the building more recently housed a Women, Infants & Children pro- gram as well as My Sister’s House. Nelson says he and others who worked on the building sought to evoke a midcentury modern look, removing interior walls and moving the storefront back to the build- ing’s original line. “Light is everything,” Nelson says. Anyone who visits the Broadway Sel- land’s would hardly know it as a new restaurant, with crowds that pack into the spacious hall for offerings like the $25 din- ner deal for two that includes a bottle of Bob Hood has been patronizing Jamie’s Bar & Grill on Broadway for 15 years. “Nobody sits on the patio at Selland’s and remembers how gross that parking lot used to be and how forgettable the building used to be. They sit there thinking, ‘Wow, what a great experience.’” ~ Steve Hansen, Sacramento City Councilman wine. “Nobody sits on the patio at Selland’s and remembers how gross that parking lot used to be and how forgettable the building used to be,” Hansen says. “They sit there thinking, ‘Wow, what a great experience.’” January 2019 | comstocksmag.com 33