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Retail space on a prime Midtown corner is getting a lot of attention from restaurateurs after Spin Burger Bar suddenly closed there earlier this month.
On Thursday, Rocklin resident Paul Singh toured the 2,800-square-foot store, where he and partners in Monsoon Indian Bar & Grill of Toronto are considering opening an Indian restaurant and bar by the same name.
Many other restaurant owners have already checked out the space at 1020 16th St. Spin Burger's owner, SRO Inc., closed the restaurant's doors July 5, said commercial real estate broker Bobby Rich with Retail West.
The Haines brothers, who own 33rd Street Bistro and several other area restaurants under SRO, converted a Bistro 33 at that location into Spin Burger about eight months ago. They had been trying to sell the Spin Burger business for four months, Rich said.
Rich said he doesn't know why the restaurant closed.
"I wish we had more answers," he said. "It's unfortunate it didn't work out. They're really good operators."
The Haines family didn't return phone calls seeking comment this week.
Residents, local business owners and Yelp readers have been wondering why the place closed. Nerdy Dogs co-owner MDavid Low said the restaurant seemed to be doing well whenever he ate there. He and fiancée Caitlyn Shortt operate the specialty pet store a few blocks away.
"That's crazy! They were so busy," Low said.
Spin Burger sold more than 4,000 Groupon deals in April. Signs on the restaurant's windows said the Groupon deals would be honored at any other SRO restaurant.
Mark Friedman and his company, Fulcrum Property, built the mixed-use O1 Lofts at 16th and K streets in 2005. Friedman also converted the historic Elliott Building next door into mixed-use retail and lofts. Gov. Jerry Brown now lives in one of the lofts.
The space is getting the most attention from people who already own restaurants in Sacramento's central city. Two restaurateurs from San Francisco have also visited. One proposed a deep-dish pizza restaurant.
Singh visited the property on behalf of partners including his cousin, Chan Singh, and the Amaya Group of Restaurants, which owns the Amaya Indian Room and spin-off eateries in Toronto. They are interested in opening a restaurant in Midtown and will consider other locations as well, Paul Singh said.
An Indian bar and grill may be a good fit because the area could use more Indian cuisine, Rich said.
Local restaurant owners are proposing different ideas for the space, which is listed at $2.50 per square foot or $7,000 a month.
Fulcrum Property management wants to fill the spot with a business that fits well in Midtown, an arts and entertainment district with a growing night-life scene, he said.
"We hope to get another cool concept," Rich said. "We can let this sit for as long as it takes to find the right concept."
Suzanne Hurt is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press. Follow her on Twitter @SuzanneHurt.