Art adds to the experience at Cantina Alley

Sacramento's Cantina Alley brings a little bit of the Mexican cantina experience and Mexican art to its establishment.
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This wildly popular Sacramento cantina is looking to expand

By Carla Meyer

cmeyer@sacbee.com

August 23, 2017 09:30 AM

For those of you who have had to wait to get into Sacramento’s oft-jammed Midtown’s Cantina Alley, relief might be on the way.

According to property owner Thomas Roth, Cantina Alley operators Art Aguilar and Max Archuleta have submitted plans to the city to expand the 5-month-old, mostly open-air cantina into a house that also sits on Roth’s property.

Cantina Alley fronts Jazz Alley and sits in what is essentially part of the backyard of a Victorian at 2323 K St. Roth said tenants already have moved out of the house’s three rental units. The plan is to create more dining space inside the Victorian, Roth said.

“People have to wait too long” to get into the cantina currently, he said. “Every night, it is crazy.”

Having an indoor space also might eliminate the need for Cantina Alley’s operators to bring in a tent when it rains, as they did this past spring.

There also will be a patio between the house and the cantina, Roth said. All the better to enjoy the wall-length mural of wrestling legend El Santo that sits just outside the cantina’s back gate, in between it and the house.

Sacramento’s long-awaited Midtown's Cantina Alley finally has opened to the public, and it is unlike any other place in the city. The open-air cantina sits at 2320 Jazz Alley, in between J and K and 23rd and 24th streets.

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Carla Meyer: 916-321-1118, @CarlaMeyerSB