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Business Journal: Winn Park, Waitr, Nash's Natural Brewing

Ben Van Der Meer / SACRAMENTO BUSINESS JOURNAL

The City of Sacramento wants to do something with this vacant 80-year old building in midtown's Winn Park.

Ben Van Der Meer / SACRAMENTO BUSINESS JOURNAL

The City of Sacramento wants to bring new life to a historic building in the middle of Winn Park at 27th and P streets in midtown. The Sacramento Business Journal's Digital Editor Sonya Sorich says the city wants input from the public about what to do with the structure.

"Even though it's 80 years old, it hasn't had an occupant since 2005," says Sorich. "And the city is looking to change that by posting an online survey to get ideas for the best use of the building that's almost 3,300 square feet."

So far, lots of people want a restaurant to take over the site, similar to what happened at Cesar Chavez park downtown where the eatery La Cosecha recently opened. There's no schedule for a final decision on the Winn Park project.

The Louisiana-based food delivery company Waitr, that works with restaurants that don't deliver, has suspended service in the Sacramento area. Sorich says Waitr had only been serving the region since February.

"Waitr isn't going away entirely — it's just not serving customers here," says Sorich. "Its website says it's still delivering in states such as Louisiana, Texas and Alabama. About two months ago, the company announced a $10 million investment from a group led by New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees."

Sorich says at least four Waitr employees in Sacramento were let go. Last year, Waitr bought the Sacramento-based app Requested, which offers restaurant reservation services. Restaurant delivery is an increasingly crowded business in the Sacramento area with the arrival of Postmates, DoorDash and Caviar ... along with some local delivery companies.

A brewer in Auburn that doesn't make beer is planning to expand. Nash's Natural Brewing Company makes a fermented tea called kombucha. Sorich says, right now, the company makes its beverages in a small, shared commissary kitchen.

"That could be changing," says Sorich. "Nash's is planning a new beverage production facility in Auburn that would cover around 2,400 square feet. Nash's currently sells its kombucha at farmers markets, as well as on tap and in bottles at several retail locations including the Sacramento area and Nevada County."

Some people think kombucha can be good for the digestive system because it contains live bacteria and yeasts. Other Sacramento area kombucha-related businesses include Zeal Kombucha and Kombucha Kulture, which distributes kegs of the beverage made by California brewers.

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