916 Sports Bar opens doors to Sac State students

Offers affordable meal deals


Nijzel Dotson

916 Sports Bar on Folsom Boulevard near the south end of the Sac State campus. 916 recently opened it’s door and is hoping to cater to Sac State students.

Nijzel Dotson and Garry Singh

916 Sports Bar opened its doors Aug. 30, on Folsom Blvd near the south side of the Sacramento State campus.

The restaurant primarily serves Mexican food but will offer burgers and chicken wings as well.

Jose Flores, co-owner of 916 Sports Bar, plans to cater to Sac State students and wants the restaurant to be a place where they can come before or after class to enjoy an affordable meal.

“We try to keep the prices low because we know they are students, they don’t have that much to spend,” Flores said. “So probably with like $10 they can eat and drink at the same time, so they can eat a whole week with $50.”

Customers can expect 20 different beers on tap and five T.V. screens playing major sporting events, with more screens to come.  Flores added that details such as their complete list of menu options, all of their specials and the time they’ll be open are still not finalized but hope to have this by the grand opening. 

“For now we are open Sunday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. We are planning to open later on Fridays and Saturdays and when we have everything ready, we will probably start opening at 8 a.m,” Flores said. 

In addition to the plans in time change, Flores is figuring out a system to help Sac State students with parking.

“We were also thinking that there are some students who park behind the restaurant,” Flores said. “We are not sure right now, but we might open parking for students in the morning for about 20-30 people, whoever comes first and they get their breakfast and they can park for free for the rest of the day.”

King Glass, a senior double majoring in political science and communications, said that it’s good business on 916’s part for trying to connect with the students.

When asked if he’ll be trying out the restaurant, Glass said, “If the price is right, definitely, it’s all about price and quality at the end of the day.”

Mario Palacios, a computer engineering major, said, “I’m all for it, It would be nice for students to have a place to walk and get something to eat and park their cars. It would probably help make the lines for food on campus shorter, too.”

Giovani Troja, a bartender for Stingers on La Riviera Drive, said competition with 916 is good for the students but Stingers’ long history of accommodating Sac State students will set them apart.

“We’ve been here 25 years, the food is bar none, we have affordable drinks and offer great discounts for Sac State students,” Troja said.

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Flores said the restaurant still has work to finish before their grand opening, such as fixing their cooling equipment to ensure that the beer stays cold.

916 Sports Bar plans to host a grand opening event as soon as their alcohol license application is approved.

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