Marly and Moo brings new vibe to Sutter StreetBy Stewart Savage
The food and beverage scene is ramping up in Folsom’s Historic District as the revitalization of the area nears completion. The 20-plus food and beverage establishments along Sutter and Leidesdorff streets include long-time favorites, a variety of cuisines, and the latest in farm-to-fork trends.
Marly and Moo, at 608 Sutter Street is the latest addition to the neighborhood. The gastropub opened in late July to enthusiastic reviews. A typical comment: “Marly and Moo is a great addition to Sutter Street. The staff is very attentive and the craft beer selection is top-notch,”… Justin Raithel.
The place is coolly casual
Marly and Moo is the brainchild of Brian Knadle, who named it after his daughter. He completely renovated the compact two-story building to suit his emphasis on hospitality.
On the first floor, the bar is at the center, with high and low tables surrounding. Dining upstairs is perfect for duos or parties in a charming open space with a television screen that is big enough to enjoy and small enough not to overwhelm. Outside, patrons have a choice of the streetside ambiance with a European flavor or the three-sided balcony with views on all three sides.
Marly and Moo is intended to be a casual, come-as-you-are place where service is gracious and efficient, food is fresh and delicious, craft beers and California wines are carefully selected, and cocktails are created to enhance the experience.
Concept matches today’s living
Brian is a well-known chef and restauranteur in northern California. He has been in the restaurant business all his life. In the Sacramento area, he worked at Piatti’s and Scott’s Seafood. In 2010, he came to Folsom from the 5th Street Steakhouse in Chico to open the Sutter Street Steakhouse as head chef.
When he decided to open his own restaurant, Brian only had to go two doors down the street. “I love the Street,” he says. He loves the new life that is popping up on a street that pays tribute to its past. His logo reads, “Craft Food and Cheer/Located in Old Folsom.” The dozen or so beers on tap or in cans are among the most favored in northern California and include some limited brews.
The pleasure of food and drink
With years of experience as a head chef, Brian’s approach to the menu is focused on making a limited number of dishes that are excellently prepared and that will change with the seasons. The menu consists of Bites, Boards, Starters, Burgers and Sandwiches, For the Little Ones, and Sugar.
His aim is to surprise and delight patrons with a select choice of presentations. Brian’s attention to detail runs from the light and lively Hummus with Grilled Pita and crunchy vegetable Bites to the dinner specials. Blue Plate Specials are served Thursday and Sunday. For $19, you can get a mouthwatering Prime Rib with Mac ‘n’ Cheese and side salad. On Thursday, the Blue Plate Special is Fish and Tots with cole slaw at $15. On Friday and Saturday, the featured dinners highlight steak and seafood.
Shayna Patterson crafted a collection of M&M Cocktails that challenge aficionados to pick their favorites. Each one contains a combination of flavors that will take your taste buds on an adventure.
Part of the neighborhood
While Brian concentrates on supporting the staff of 25-30, and growing the restaurant, Adam DuCharme takes care of the day-to-day responsibilities. A strong team, Brian and Adam worked together at two other restaurants. Jolene Killian supports the operation as Assistant Manager.
The concept of a gastropub is a hybrid of the casualness of an English pub with the emphasis on locally sourced fresh food prepared imaginatively. Brian envisions Marly and Moo as a place where people can come and be themselves. That extends to his staff, who wear their normal attire with an apron distinguished by the MM logo.
With Marly and Moo, Brian makes his own contribution to the neighborhood and the community, supporting local businesses and agriculture. Nothing makes him happier than to see patrons relaxing with family or friends, or just that special friend, at Marly and Moo, enjoying craft food and cheer in Old Folsom.Marly and Moo
608 Sutter Street
Folsom, CA 95630
Sun-Thurs, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Fri-Sat, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Happy Hour: Mon-Fri, 3-6 p.m.