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Midtown BierGarten approved with design tweaks

The city of Sacramento gave Der BierGarten its stamp of approval Thursday afternoon, paving the way for another German pub in Midtown. But the OK came with a few conditions to modify the design. 

Design Director Greg Taylor wants the following changes made to the design: 

• More significant landscaping between Der Bier Garten and The Golden Bear.

• The front patio to be heightened, similar to patio height at The Golden Bear.  

Slated to open in July 2013, owner Sean Derfield of Old Sacramento’s River City Saloon has been planning this project for the corner of K and 24th streets for the past two years. Currently the site is a vacant lot next to The Golden Bear. 

"We have a couple changes but in the long run it’s workable," Derfield said following the meeting. "Hopefully the next person who does a cargo project can learn off our mistakes and requirements." 

Derfield’s vision is to create an open-air restaurant and beer garden, serving only imported German and Belgian beer, and authentic, traditional food. It will include the use of cargo containers – one to house restrooms, and the other to house the kitchen – as well as solar power for nighttime lighting, and water reclamation to reuse rainwater for plants. 

Long, traditional BierGarten tables from Germany will be used outside, and a bicycle rack will be installed nearby so patrons can store their bicycles in a safer location than on the sidewalks.

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