The Brookside Restaurant and The Historic Land Where It Resides

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Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

During lunch today, I was able to revisit an old Greater Sacramento landmark.  In today’s world, Brookside Restaurant occupies a building originally built in the early 1900s, by the Silva Family as a guesthouse for the American River Winery. 

The Silva family had immigrated to the area from the Azores Islands, Portugal.  Their original land holdings consisted of sixty-three acres in what was originally Mills Township, but later became part of Rancho Cordova.

 

In 1919 the original winery buildings were destroyed by fire.  After which, the winery was renamed Silva Brothers Winery.  However, in 1930 federal agents closed the establishment because of violation of the Prohibition laws.

In recent decades, the historic winery has undergone some transformation.  Other buildings on the land operate as office space for area enterprises.  The address is known widely, as “Old Mills Winery,” the name used the majority of my lifetime for these grounds.

 

That’s enough about the history.  During lunch today, I found the menu had an amazing selection of wonderful burgers.   It is delightful to experience something other than what as available at a local fast-food drive-thru for a change.  If you are ever in the area, I recommend you give Brookside Restaurant a try.  Their menu can be accessed via their website at:

http://www.brooksidedining.com.

 

Brookside Restaurant is located at 9819 Horn Road, which fronts to Folsom Boulevard, Sacramento – Directly across from the Rancho Cordova library!

Brookside Restaurant

 

Old Mills Winery


Old Mills Winery

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William Johnson
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Hi Myrl, This is another one of your wonderful local posts that bring a lot of local history to life. Enjoyed this one as well!

Jan 23, 2014 02:19 PM #3
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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William - It was kind of a funny thing.  I had gone whizzing by this stretch of road often, but had neglected to think much about blogging its history.  Today, I was able to fix that!

Jan 23, 2014 06:01 PM #4
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Myrl. This place sounds wonderful and the pictures are wondeful and look terrific too. I'm ready to go. Thank you.

Jan 23, 2014 09:18 PM #5
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Michael Delaware
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I suppose you could go there and dine, and bring a book to read from the library when you do.  Looks like a facinating place.

Jan 23, 2014 11:50 PM #6
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Myrl,

Looks like your fans are saying the same thing that I would say, and William said it best...I think of all the places we could have seen when we lived in Napa, wish we had known you then.  There is still time. A

Jan 24, 2014 02:01 AM #7
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Myrl  That building has survived a lot of negative history - it stll has a lot of life ahead

Jan 24, 2014 05:30 AM #8
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Evelyn Johnston
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What a nice report on a local establishment! Decades of information, very well done!

Jan 24, 2014 06:31 AM #9
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A totally awesome localism post and one that's sure to benefit the restaurant!  Nicely done.,

Jan 24, 2014 12:38 PM #10
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And you didn't call me, Myrl? I would have gone there with you. Besides, I was just in Rancho Cordova yesterday listing a home on Luveta with a pool. What am I, chopped liver? We need another lunch. Cathy is talking about getting together too -- maybe all 3 of us? We could go to Brookside. :)

Jan 25, 2014 01:05 AM #11
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Alexandra - I have come to believe that every half to 3/4 mile or so, there is something of interest for us to see and experience, if we would only open our eyes to it.  I continue to be amazed at how many things I've passed by, and am not re-discovering.

Elizabeth - Actually, I had been needing to have lunch with my daughter for awhile.  That's what went on at Brookside.  But, I did think about you while there.  Yes, perhaps you, Cathy and I could go there for lunch.  They have amazing hamburgers of several types, and sweet potato fries.

Jan 25, 2014 03:44 AM #12
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Roy Kelley
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I would love to give Brookside Restaurant a try. Thanks for sharing your experience.

Jan 25, 2014 09:56 AM #13
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Nice take on such an historic landmark, Myrl.  I would love to check it out next time I head North.

 

 

Jan 25, 2014 09:58 AM #14
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
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I like sweet potato fries. I'll check with Cathy and get back to ya!!

Jan 26, 2014 06:30 AM #15
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Myrl sounds like a nice place to eat.   Love yout photos.

Jan 31, 2014 03:15 PM #16
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Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Myrl, this is an interesting history.  The Silva name sounds familiar.  Did the family also have land on the coast at the west end of the Golden Gate Recreation Area in San Francisco?

Feb 03, 2014 07:19 AM #17
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Bruce - The "Silva" name is a popular surname in this region.  I don't know if the Silvas who founded the winery here, are related to those in San Francisco.

Feb 03, 2014 11:51 AM #18
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Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Thanks, Myrl!  I do pray that you get lots of snow up in the mountains the rest of the winter, and rain so you can continue to enjoy all your beauty and recreation along your river basin.  Are the restaurants now restricting water for customers?

Feb 03, 2014 09:53 PM #19
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Myrl,

The American River Winery had quite a history! I checked out the link and was immediately impressed with the marketing! The creativity at this restaurant from the menu to the variety of food is outstanding!

When it comes to knowing your area and having resources, you're a combination of the equivalent of their National Enquirer and National Geographics Magazine! You always make history current too and that's pretty exceptional

Feb 04, 2014 02:05 AM #20
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX

Myrl,

    I love that and your blog has me ready for some California Wine that I scored at Costco yesterday...it is almost time to go home yeah! Great history and a burger sounds really good right about now! I am starved!

Feb 07, 2014 07:30 AM #21
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Myrl, This is an excellent local post loaded with interesting history. I like thge pictures. 

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