Payback Time

Local businesses need us more than ever

By Cecily Hastings
April 2020

Publishing a monthly magazine isn’t optimal when information about the coronavirus changes hourly. So most of what you see this month in Inside Sacramento will ideally serve as a welcome and necessary contrast to media approaches that prize speed over accuracy and are intended to generate extreme emotions.

Here we love our neighborhoods because their scale is small. Our relationships tend to be more intimate than what a big city or rural community might offer.

Leopold Kohr, an Austrian economist and political scientist famed for his opposition to the “cult of bigness” in social organization, said, “Wherever something is wrong, something is too big.” When a virus from China spreads around the world in a matter of weeks, it’s easy to see the downside of globalism.

So let’s think small. “After all, quarantines and social distancing are all attempts to take systems that are too big and divide them into groups and sizes that we can handle. If you can’t stop an epidemic—your country, state, region, city, town, village, is definitely too big,” wrote Kohr, who died in 1994.

The lifeblood of our communities is found in our neighborhoods. They are filled with locally owned businesses and include shops, service providers and food establishments. Our national leaders must recognize that while global players in the travel, hospitality and entertainment industries are suffering huge losses, the little guy has it much worse. Many small businesses in Sacramento operate with low margins and high overheads. Their employees—wait staff, bartenders, cooks or anyone who depends on tips—are being laid off. They don’t have corporate reserves to fall back on

Please follow the medically recommended precautions as we navigate this crisis. But whenever possible, use your dollars to support a local business. Without our collective help, they will be history.

Many small restaurants were struggling even in the prosperous years after the Great Recession. If they are trying to survive by providing takeout food, purchase some every day—it’s a great way to help our neighbors stay open while avoiding crowds and staying safe. If you can buy gift cards to save for when times get better, buy them.

Our country has faced worse crises. Those of us who have lived long enough have perspective on our country’s ability to recover. The big question is whether we can muster the strength to fight back when the muscle-memories of sacrifice have atrophied in many of us.

I met a mother who recently drove a good distance to visit her young adult children. They refused to touch or hug her. She left after a short while because she was so saddened by their narcissism, drama and hysteria. Other reports show young folks violating rules and acting wildly irresponsible.

The mature among us must do our part to keep others calm and steady, even when they don’t always want to hear it. Avoid social media unless it uplifts your spirits and the hopes of others.

We have surplus time for ourselves now. Make sure to read broadly and carefully. Read history that shows our human resilience. Listen attentively to reliable sources. Look for ways to help people less fortunate. Go outside. Tip greater than normal. Don’t hoard. Be conservative in everything you use. But never stifle a generous impulse.

We must also repay good faith with good faith. When others disagree, make an effort to hear them out. We are in the midst of grave societal and economic challenges that will hopefully make partisan bickering trivial and ideological purity irrelevant.

Please support the fine establishments listed below. They are local businesses. Over the years they supported us with advertising, which helped pay the costs to bring you Inside Sacramento every month. Now they need us to step up and show how much we value them—not simply as businesses that provide wonderful service, but as our friends and neighbors who are hurting.

Bella Bru Café
5038 Fair Oaks Blvd.
(916) 485-2883
takeout available.

Pita Kitchen
2989 Arden Way
(916) 480-0560
takeout available.
Wenelli’s Pizza
4215 Arden Way
(916) 482-1008
delivery and takeout available.
Flaming Grill Café
2380 Watt Ave.
(916) 285-5540
takeout available.

Ettore’s Bakery & Café
2376 Fair Oaks Blvd.
(916) 482-0708
takeout and delivery available.

Lemon Grass Restaurant
601 Munroe St.
(916) 486-4891
takeout available.

Other Local Restaurants

  • Woodlake Tavern – delivery and takeout available.
    1431 Del Paso Blvd.
    (916) 514-0405
  • Zocalo UV – takeout and delivery available.
    466 Howe Ave.
    (916) 252-0303
  • Cafe Bernardo – takeout available.
    515 Pavilions Lane
    (916) 922-2870



One Speed
4818 Folsom Blvd.
(916) 706-1748
Takeout available.

Evan’s Kitchen
855 57th St.
(916) 452-3896
delivery and takeout available

Chocolate Fish Coffee
4749 Folsom Blvd.
(916) 451-5181
Takeout available

Hawks Provisions + Public House
1525 Alhambra Blvd.
(916) 588-4440
delivery and takeout available.

5215 Folsom Blvd.
(916) 538-6434
delivery and takeout available.

Thai: House of Authentic Ingredients
4701 H St
(916) 942-9008
takeout available.

Other Restaurants

  • Casa Tulum – takeout available
    1914 Alhambra Blvd.
    (916) 996-2879


  • Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine – takeout and delivery available
    3135 Folsom Blvd.
    (916) 551-1559


Urban Roots Brewery & Smokehouse
1322 V St.
(916) 706-3741
takeout available.

2005 11th St.
(916) 382-9722
takeout available.

Frank Fat’s
806 L St.
(916) 442-7092
delivery and takeout available.


Empress Tavern
1013 K St.
(916) 662-7694
takeout available.

Thai Basil
2431 J St.
(916) 442-7690
takeout and delivery available.

Fox & Goose Public House
1001 R St.
(916) 443-8825
takeout available

More Restaurants

  • Dad’s Kitchen – takeout and delivery available
    2968 Freeport Blvd.
    (916) 447-3237
  • The Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar – takeout and delivery available
    2718 J St.
    (916) 706-2275
  • Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Company – takeout and delivery available
    1630 S St.
    (916) 442-4885
  • Alaro Craft Brewery – takeout and delivery available
    2004 Capitol Ave.
    (916) 436-7711
  • The Sandwich Spot – takeout and delivery available
    1630 18th St.
    (916) 492-2613
  • Uncle Vito’s Slice of New York – takeout and delivery available
    1501 16th St.
    (916) 444-3699, AND 1800 15th St.
    (916) 382-4419
  • Kodaiko Ramen & Bar – takeout and delivery available
    718 K St.
    (916) 426-8863


6409 Riverside Blvd.
(916) 421-4055,
takeout and delivery available.

7485 Rush River Dr. #740
(916) 661-6656
take out and delivery available.

Modurang Family Korean Restaurant
9545 Folsom Blvd
30% off any pick-up order of $50 or more

Yarbrough’s Catering
211 Lathrop Way
(916) 470-6314

Sampino’s Kitchen at Joe Marty’s
1500 Broadway
(916) 382-9022


Club Pheasant
2525 Jefferson Blvd
(916) 371-9530 

View the complete takeout guide HERE.



Please check with specific event organizations for the latest information on event cancellations. Many events support nonprofit organizations, so please consider a donation to help them stay afloat in desperate times.


As we went to print, Sacramento News & Review announced it was shutting down its weekly print operations. The paper’s ad revenue has always been highly dependent on food, drink and events. In addition, the biweekly magazine SubMerge, which covers local art, entertainment and nightlife, has suspended its print edition, citing lost advertising revenue due to business closures and event cancellations as a result of COVID-19.

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