OK, so maybe we can’t exactly blame this latest impending landmark closure on the arena or gentrification. News that Trails, the longstanding Sacramento western-themed restaurant loved for its ribs, steaks and hamburgers is a culinary bummer nonetheless.
The news came via a Reddit post in which owner Gin Wong’s son wrote about his family’s decision:
My dad is not exactly a young spring chicken anymore, and we decided as a family a few months ago that, like Hollywood, it is best to leave the game at your peak. My dad is healthy still, the family has grown up and is growing, so it’s time for my dad to refocus his time, spend it with his family finally, and let Trail’s, or its next incarnation, to continue to provide good food and service to the Sacramento community.
The closure was confirmed by an update on the restaurant’s Facebook page with a status update that linked to the Reddit piece and also read: “Thank you for a great 73 years, Sacramento!”
The Wongs have owned the Land Park restaurant (It’s located on 21st Street, just south of Broadway) since 1979 but its history goes back much, much further. The place first opened in the early 1950s when Hollywood actress (and ace swimmer) Esther Williams launched the business with her then-husband. Originally, there were two Trails–the 21st Street location and one on Fulton Avenue that closed in 1965.
The impending closure isn’t exactly a surprise. In May, the Sacramento Bee reported that the restaurant had been put up for sale, but at the time there was no official comment from the family.
Truth is I’ve never eaten there (vegetarian, yo) but I love the eatery’s neon sign, history and vintage charm. Here’s hoping ownership is transferred to someone who wants to preserve its role as part of Sacramento’s storied food history.
As of this posting, the owners hadn’t announced an offiical closing date. Upside to all of this? According to the Reddit post, the family’s in the works to bottle its popular barbecue sauce.