A well-known business from the past is returning to the Sacramento area. Lyon's Restaurant plans to open sites in Roseville and Citrus Heights...and recently opened locations in Stockton and Vacaville.
The chain was sold and went bankrupt several times before shuttering its last remaining site about five years ago. But the Sacramento Business Journal's Digital Editor Sonya Sorich says Lyon's is back.
"This new development with Lyon's shows that many restaurant operators believe that there's still an appetite for this type of diner-style eatery," says Sorich. "Not everyone wants kombucha or kale salads and there's a certain welcome familiarity with some of these chains that appeals to people."
Lyon's was founded in San Francisco in the 1950s and once had its headquarters in Sacramento.
A medical technology company from China says it plans to open a site in Sacramento. Top Grade Healthcare makes and distributes nuclear medicine imaging equipment. Sorich says the company will use the Sacramento site to develop cancer treatment therapies.
"Top Grade has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for some of its projects," says Sorich. "The company's early plan for its Sacramento location is research. But it does hope to quickly begin its manufacturing effort as well."
The company will lease space at the UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures, which is off Stockton Boulevard.
"Top Grade employs about 300 people worldwide," says Sorich. "At this point, we know that the local research team would have about 10 to 15 people based here."
Top Grade is still looking for a separate manufacturing facility that could have potential sales revenue of more than $100 million a year.
A bar and grill in midtown Sacramento will look a lot different soon. Sorich says Alley Katz, which opened on O Street in 2010, is changing hands.
"It has a new owner and it will now be called the Brig Bar and Grill," says Sorich. "You can expect to soon see a military theme at this popular midtown venue."
The reason for the military theme is that the new owner was in the Marines for 15 years and the Army for another three years. Despite the name change, food options and drinks are expected to stay the same.
The previous owner has a new restaurant in the works near Golden 1 Center downtown and will focus his attention on that business.