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Business Journal: Amazon, Treasure Truck, Backbone Cafe

Mark Anderson / Sacramento Business Journal

Joey Woolston runs the kitchen at Backbone Cafe, a new restaurant in downtown Sacramento focusing on specialized diets and offering everything from vegan entrees to hot cups of bone broth.

Mark Anderson / Sacramento Business Journal

Another new restaurant is getting closer to opening in downtown Sacramento and it'll focus on specialized diets. It's called Backbone Cafe and it's at 8th and J streets. The Sacramento Business Journal's Digital Editor Sonya Sorich says the menu is a little different than your typical casual restaurant.

"This place will serve everything from vegan entrees to bone broth," says Sorich.

Bone broth is different from regular stock because it's cooked a lot longer.

"Some people say that bone broth is a good source of vitamins and minerals, says Sorich. "And this new restaurant will actually offer a broth bar, where people can add things such as noodles, herbs or vegetables to their broths."

The new restaurant comes from the team being Matteo's Pizza and Bistro in Carmichael and the Supper House restaurant in the Crocker Art Museum.

Sacramento leaders this week held an event at Golden 1 Center marking their formal proposal to Amazon in hopes of convincing the e-commerce giant to pick the city for its second headquarters. Sorich says a dozen potential sites were announced.

"The list covers many parts of the region, including the former Sleep Train Arena site and the Railyards development as well as places such as El Dorado Hills and the future Folsom Ranch development," says Sorich.

Sacramento is among a long list of U.S. cities competing for the project. Amazon says its second headquarters would eventually employ 50,000 people. A decision is expected early next year.

Meanwhile, Sorich says Amazon just added another service to the region.

"The company announced its bringing its Treasure Truck to the Sacramento area. This truck is already a feature in several other cities, and it offers a hand-picked assortment of products, often those include new or trending items."

Shoppers sign-up to get notifications through the Amazon app. When the truck arrives, shoppers will be notified where to go and what's being offered. 

Sorich says it's a new way to shop with the e-commerce giant.

"Lots of people associate Amazon with shopping that's done alone in the comfort of your home," says Sorich. "But this truck is actually adding a real-life, experience-oriented element to e-commerce process."

The e-commerce giant still hasn't announced when the truck will make its first Sacramento stop.

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