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Pete’s expands to provide classic pub-style entertainment

Granite Bay hangout serves up craft brews
By: Toby Lewis, Press Tribune correspondent
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Pete’s Restaurant & Brew House

What: Full bar, craft beer, sports, food

Where: 5540 Douglas Blvd., Granite Bay

When: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday-Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday

Happy Hour: 3-6 p.m. daily

Info: www.petesrestaurantandbrewhouse.com; (916) 797-4992

Many people define their form of entertainment as hanging out at a bar, enjoying a craft microbrew, watching some sports with a few good friends.

With the intent to accommodate such folks, Pete’s Restaurant and Brewhouse at the Quarry Ponds in Granite Bay has recently undergone a significant expansion.

The restaurant just finished adding a 1,587-square-foot back bar, enhancing what used to be simply thought of as a pizza joint serving only beer and wine.

Now with a full liquor license and 16 new tap handles, the restaurant boasts a new, 46-foot L-shaped wooden bar, a lounge area with couches and coffee tables and several booths with cushioned seating for up to four people.

Owner Chad Wells said the two-month expansion project was done with the sole intent to create a warm space with an older feel where people can enjoy a microbrew or cocktail and watch some sports.

“We wanted to make it look like it’s been here for years,” Wells said. “And we wanted it to be comfortable, a place where you are not going to want to leave once you get in here.”

The 16 new tap handles are serving up mostly local, craft brews, ciders and ales.

Look for specialty beers from local brew houses such as the Auburn Ale House and Loomis Basin Brewery, and California brewers Berryessa Brewing Company (Winters), Lagunitas (Petaluma) and Green Flash (San Diego), to name a few.

The newly renovated space, which was once occupied by an art gallery directly next door to the restaurant, also features four 50-inch high-definition TVs and one extra-large 136-inch projector.

“I think it’s great,” said Mark Miller, of Auburn, who has been working in Granite Bay for 30 years. “There are not very many establishments around here with a bar like this.”

Speaking of entertainment, the new bar area now also features live music acts every other Saturday night and will have music on the patio during the spring and summer months, Wells said.

Pete’s Restaurant & Brewhouses began popping up in the region in 2006, and is the latest version of Original Pete’s, Wells said.

The company is not a franchise. Rather, each restaurant is owned individually and owners pay licensing fees to use the name.

While each individual restaurant (there are 10 locations throughout the Sacramento region) has similar staple menu items such as pizza, pasta and salads, the menu differs somewhat so that it is unique to each particular site.

“It started out as Original Pete’s in downtown Sacramento,” Wells said. “We’re the newer version, Pete’s Brewhouse. We have a bigger menu than Original Pete’s.”

For patrons, having the new bar area is a well-designed and well-executed welcome addition.

“It kind of separates it from the restaurant,” Miller said. “People can go in there and have dinner, and then they don’t hear all the rowdiness. It works out pretty well, I think.”