Our journey began in 2010 with the acquisition of our first enterprise as owners of RailBridge Cellars, the first urban winery in Sacramento. At the time we took over this operation, RailBridge Cellars only had two wines, and we quickly expanded the lineup to eight, and eventually twelve. Having 60 barrels at the time of our acquisition of 2006 Napa Valley Oak Knoll region Cab, Merlot, Cab Franc, allowed us the opportunity to create some very special, locally produced wines. Chardonnay from Edna Valley, named after one of the partners daughters, Sienna, has been a great hit, along with two Pinot wines from the central coast. After achieving success through Raleys/Bel Air, Nugget, Whole Foods and several local restaurants, we were presented the opportunity to launch a new concept with Strings Founder, Al Decaprio, and thus began our journey into the food and beverage world with Strings Express.
While creating and opening the new Strings Express concept, the presence of RailBridge Cellars wines throughout the Sacramento region increased with participation in several fundraisers and private events. Our newfound wine connections along with opportunities presented by Strings Express allowed us to showcase our wines and engage our customer base along with developing many strong relationships in the market. Before we knew it, we were pouring and catering private events on the top two floors of the Elks Tower.
With breathtaking views of Sacramento and the potential to be one of the best venues in town, Alexis Ventures had RailBridge Cellars Penthouse Lounge at The Elks Tower open for business and functioning as the official tasting room of RailBridge Cellars until May 2016 when the landlord of the building withdrew authorization for us to book events in the Penthouse.
It became clear very quickly that having the opportunity to cater at our unique venues allowed us to ensure satisfaction in all levels of the customer experience; soon after, Alexis Catering was born and cultivated out of the main kitchen at Strings Express. Within our first year, we were fortunate to have catered offsite events which included those for Mayor Kevin Johnson, Governor Jerry Brown, RECON, Wells Fargo, DPR, City of Sacramento, and The River District, just to name a few. As business continued to grow, it seemed logical to secure a full liquor license to expand the service options for future contracts. Libations by Alexis, the exclusive bar service for The Elks Tower, was established and portable bar services to offsite events became a reality.
Alexis Catering offers one-of-a-kind services intended to fit your personal taste with creative menus specific to events, themes, and budget. We do not believe in pre-set menus and can produce a unique and sophisticated menu for any event, whether it be sit down, stationed, casual, or formal.
By mid-2013, Alexis Ventures was cruising, having opened RailBridge Cellars Penthouse Lounge, Strings Express, Libations by Alexis and Alexis Catering, and were approached by the owners of the Capitol Towers to open a new restaurant. Within a few months, Strings Urban Kitchen (SUK) went from concept to reality. It is our most recent endeavor, and one we are very proud of, having launched in March 2014 in cooperation with Strings Italian Cafe and Al Decaprio. SUK provides exceptional traditional Italian cuisine with a few creative urban twists and featuring one of the best patios in downtown Sacramento, overlooking the gardens and pool of the Capitol Towers building, located on the ground-floor of 7th and O streets. In addition to the restaurant, we also have a robust retail wine program established by Sommelier and partner, Michael Chandler.
In 2014, we secured the Underground Lounge in the basement of The Elks Tower. Formerly a functional members only swimming pool built in 1926, we offered a unique location for business conferences, wedding receptions, holiday parties and fundraiser until May 2016 when the landlord of the building withdrew authorization for us to book events in the Penthouse.
In January 2016, we opened up the new restaurant RailBridge Cellars & Company. Located in the historic Elks Tower, we offer nouveau American cuisine at affordable prices. The diverse menu includes small plates ranging from rock shrimp street tacos to macaroni and cheese to entrees such as pan-seared salmon and grilled skirt steak. Home of the “The Levine” pastrami sandwich, we offer counter service until 2 p.m. and table service until close. RailBridge Cellars & Company focuses on wine and craft beer with speciality cocktails and an espresso program. We look forward to serving Downtown Sacramento!
Our mission statement is very simple; one word…EXPERIENCE! We want our guests and employees to have an experience that makes them want to come back.