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