For years, self-proclaimed gamers, geeks and nerds have been gathering at watering holes in some of Midtown Sacramento’s most popular establishments to play tabletop games and drink beer. Two regulars with an entrepreneurial spirit, Dariush Gheyssarieh and Anthony Barajas, decided to take their quest to the next level by raising funds to launch their own fantasy medieval style tavern.
In mid-2014, Barajas and Gheyssarieh launched a Kickstarter campaign with a goal to raise $25,000. Upon completion 45 days later, the duo had accumulated almost $28,000 from 252 backers. It was the first ever Kickstarter funded bar in California and second in the United States. Now, Sacramento’s first tabletop and video gaming tavern will become a reality in a long vacant retail building at 6531 Folsom Blvd in East Sacramento (near 65th & Folsom). Remnants of two former tenants (Foster Farms and Kelly-Moore Paints) will disappear as Save Point Tavern expects to open for business later this year.
Save Point Tavern‘s new location is epic for all the right reasons. College student gamers abound in this neighborhood, which is only a trebuchet’s throw away from Hornet Field at Sac State, just on the other side of the rail road tracks. Across the street, and only one block from Highway 50… F65 and 65th Street Village is a booming mixed use housing and retail development frequented by college students offering excellent retail and food options. The light rail station at this corner is the mid-point for the Gold Line, which stretches between Historic Folsom and Downtown Sacramento.
Sacramento’s first gaming-centric tavern will be a 4,400 square foot venue where players can game like grown ups, while enjoying two different bar concepts. A fantasy medieval style bar will be dark and rustic with handcrafted trestle style tables, where gamers can play miniature war games and the like. In stark contrast, a futuristic-themed bar will feature state of the art video gaming consoles and large screen televisions for gaming and movie screening. Cody Stark, news reporter for Good Day Sacramento, can’t wait for Save Point Tavern to open, as expressed in this recorded interview with the two founders.
Brian Jacks, principal broker of JACKS Commercial Real Estate, is pleased to have identified Save Point Tavern’s new home and facilitated the lease negotiation process. Incidentally, the new tavern, which will also serve food, will be located within the 95819 zip code, which was recently identified by the Sacramento Business Journal as having the fewest restaurants within Sacramento County… only 39 establishments per 10,000 residents, as compared to 222 establishments for Downtown (95814 zip code). Founders Gheyssarieh and Barajas are excited to bring this new venue to life.
Article contributed by Brian Jacks
Brian Jacks is a Sacramento commercial real estate broker (since 1996), specializing in commercial leasing and investment sale transactions for retail, office, industrial, multifamily, mixed-use, and special purpose properties. Having spent over 20 years with Wells Fargo, he personally facilitated the underwriting, approval and funding of more than 225 commercial real estate loans totaling over $1 billion in proceeds. Jacks is the Principal Broker for JACKS Commercial Real Estate, which serves the Sacramento market for commercial sales and leasing of all property types. For more information, contact Brian Jacks: