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New airport terminal to open Oct. 6
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New airport terminal to open Oct. 6

The first flights will take off Oct. 6 from Sacramento International Airport’s nearly $1.1 billion Central Terminal B complex, officials announced Friday at the California State Fair. The airport expansion, dubbed “The Big Build,” was initially budgeted at $1.27 billion. It will replace a 44...

Spin Burger’s closure opens Midtown location
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Spin Burger’s closure opens Midtown location

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...

Arena bus tour rolls out to region
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Arena bus tour rolls out to region

The arena campaign committee, Think BIG Sacramento, hosted a four-county bus tour Thursday to spread the message that a new sports and entertainment facility will benefit not just the city of Sacramento but the entire region. The group released a "Capitol Corridor Impact Report" showing...

City officials merging plans for arena, transit center
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City officials merging plans for arena, transit center

Sacramento officials believe a new arena can be integrated with a future regional transit center in the historic downtown railyards – making this one of the country’s most eco-friendly sports and entertainment facilities, Assistant City Manager John Dangberg said Tuesday. At Tuesday...

Biba Restaurant makeover marks 25 years
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Biba Restaurant makeover marks 25 years

Biba Restaurant reopened Tuesday with a soft new look after a remodel to celebrate its 25th anniversary in Midtown. Sacramento restaurateur, TV show host and cookbook author Biba Caggiano added a new color palette and made other changes at her namesake Italian eatery. The restaurant at 2801 Capitol...

Sacramento airport’s Terminal B complex to open early
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Sacramento airport’s Terminal B complex to open early

Sacramento International Airport’s nearly $1.1 billion Central Terminal B complex is expected to open this fall – months earlier than originally scheduled. When construction began in 2008, the terminal project was expected to cost $1.27 billion and was scheduled to open in spring of 2012. The...

Immense railyards project gets manager
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Immense railyards project gets manager

New Sacramento Railyards Project Manager Fran Lee Halbakken said she became a civil engineer because she loves solving problems. Halbakken is now tackling challenges with one of the city’s and country’s largest redevelopment projects after starting in her new role June 27. At nearly 240...

Arena committee kicks off community rallying effort
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Arena committee kicks off community rallying effort

Think BIG Sacramento launched an effort Thursday to recruit 1,000 people from Merced to Redding to rally support for a new arena. The arena campaign committee also announced plans to hold a public design contest for a space adjacent to the new facility as part of that effort. The committee is...

Cheap Thrills costume shop to reopen
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Cheap Thrills costume shop to reopen

Longtime Midtown costume shop Cheap Thrills will be reopened this month by its original owner, Linda McNally, with help from her grandson, his wife and former employees who have become like family. McNally’s grandson, Todd Gockley, and his wife, Sondra, said the family hopes to reopen the store at...

Construction underway on troupe’s new home
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Construction underway on troupe’s new home

Capital Stage Company expects to finish major construction on its new Midtown theater by the end of the month. The troupe is putting on its final show on board the Delta King Riverboat. The show, "Or," by New York playwright Liz Duffy Adams, runs through July 17. At the same time, theater...

River Rock Tap House to open
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River Rock Tap House to open

Two restaurateurs with a love of fine beer and coffee plan to open an alehouse in Midtown with a possible cafe and coffee-roasting operation next door. Tex Mex Bar and Grill owner Mike Keolanui said he and his best friend, Anthony Priley, expect to replace Keolanui’s restaurant at 2326 J St...

Elks Tower penthouse to open
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Elks Tower penthouse to open

The Rail Bridge Cellars Penthouse Lounge at the Elks Tower will offer a wine-tasting room with a skyline view after opening in two weeks. The owners of urban winery Rail Bridge Cellars, Michael Gelber and his wife, Katharine (Ayers) Gelber, want to breathe new life into a room that once held Top of...

Report: Arena could bring $7 billion
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Report: Arena could bring $7 billion

A new downtown arena could draw 3.1 million visitors to the central city each year and bring the region more than $7 billion over 30 years, according to a report released Thursday by an arena campaign committee. The 37-page report on an arena’s expected impact to the region was released to...

Arts Commission shaping new funding strategy
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Arts Commission shaping new funding strategy

The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission is developing a new fundraising strategy to help offset continued cuts in public funding that have slashed the agency’s primary financial sources by 70 percent in the last four years. The strategy includes an expanded arts public service campaign, a...

Questions arise over Old Ironsides’ live music
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Questions arise over Old Ironsides’ live music

Sacramento musicians and their followers are waiting to see whether this summer brings an end to an era of live music at Old Ironsides. Countless local bands broke into the music business at the bar/restaurant known as "Old I" over the last two decades. But there’s currently only...

Amber Stott: Living la vida locavore
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Amber Stott: Living la vida locavore

Sacramento locavore Amber Stott is documenting her life as a conscious consumer and her journey to eat as locally as she can with a food blog, Awake at the Whisk. She said she likes to start each day, camera in hand, with a walk through the garden. On a recent June morning, she snapped photos of...

Arena coalition studies financing options
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Arena coalition studies financing options

The Sacramento region will have to get creative to come up with a public-private financing plan that might work to build a new arena – possibly coming up with funding sources never tried in other cities before, a prominent sports financing expert said Thursday. Sacramento will need a unique...

Developer dads teach sons about hard work and ethics
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Developer dads teach sons about hard work and ethics

Dads teach their kids all kinds of things – sometimes even skills that allow them to build shopping centers and redevelop historic properties as big as Globe Mills and Sacramento’s K Street Mall. When kids go into the family business, a father’s ability to impart lessons gets taken to a whole...

Q & A with Marc Feldman, post-Philharmonic
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Q & A with Marc Feldman, post-Philharmonic

Marc Feldman resigned as executive director of the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra on June 9. Following his resignation, Feldman and the Philharmonic have released official statements, which can be found below. Former Sacramento Philharmonic Executive Director Jane Hill is returning as interim...

Elks Tower cafe, bar and chocolates with a view
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Elks Tower cafe, bar and chocolates with a view

A dusty corner of the historic Elks Tower containing a pool hidden for decades will soon get a second life when a Euro-style cafe, bar and chocolatier open next year. The Ayers family has begun renovating a bi-level corner of the 1926 building designed by architect Leonard J. Starks to incorporate...

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