Patrons lined up early Saturday morning to celebrate the formal opening of two of Sterling’s newest food and beverage choices—and for the chance to win free meals all summer long.
The Daybreak Kitchen and Biscuit Co. and the Nectar Cocktail Bar are the latest ventures by craft brew entrepreneurs Jake Endres and Lee Rogan, who launched Crooked Run Brewing as a crowd-funded Kickstarter project in 2013, and their partnership with food entrepreneur Damian Dajcz.
The trio first teamed up to bring Dajcz’s Senor Ramon Taqueria to the Crooked Run tasting room. They’re stepping things up a bit with this new expansion.
Daybreak Kitchen offers southern comfort staple biscuits and gravy along with southern Californian and Korean influences. “We spent a lot of time creating and tasting this new concept we managed to bring here, to make real but unique. We didn’t compromise on the quality of the ingredients we use and we are very proud, not just of the food, but the team we have here,” Dajcz said.
Nectar offers cold-press juice blends and mimosas as an alternative to the brews served up in the tasting room next door.
“It’s been my dream to open up a restaurant for pretty much my whole life, so I couldn’t be happier,” Endres said during Saturday’s ribbon-cutting event.
“The concept is bringing the outdoors in,” Rogan said, highlighting the design of the bar, the beer garden area and expanse of natural light provided by the space’s large floor-to-ceiling windows. With the two new ventures, the Davis Drive operation has expanded to 300 seats in a food hall setting.
Supervisor Koran Saines (D-Sterling) described the partners as visionaries. “This used to be a warehouse space. They took it and had a vision. I first I didn’t truly get it, but walking in here today I see it. It makes a lot of sense.”
“I can’t wait to see the next venture you guys unravel,” Saines added.
The first people through the door Saturday morning will be coming back for sure. They won a free meal each week through the summer as part of the grand opening celebration.