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Business Journal: Cryotherapy In East Sacramento, Elks Tower Card Room Licensing, New Downtown Rooftop Bar

Felicia Alvarez / Sacramento Business Journal

The US Cryotherapy site in Roseville. Another location for the cold air therapy clinic is coming to East Sacramento.

Felicia Alvarez / Sacramento Business Journal

Cryotherapy Clinic Coming To East Sac

U.S. Cryotherapy, a Davis-based chain of cryotherapy clinics, is opening a new location in East Sacramento. The Sacramento Business Journal's Scott Rodd says that cryotherapy involves immersing clients in a chamber where temperatures drop as low as minus 166 degrees Fahrenheit.

"Therapy sessions last only a few minutes, but the treatment is supposed to help with issues like inflammation and circulatory response,” says Rodd. “The franchise group behind the East Sacramento location is also looking to open locations in Elk Grove and Folsom."

The new location will be on Folsom Boulevard near 59th Street. U.S. Cryotherapy has more than 20 sites nationwide and opened its first location in Roseville in 2011.

New Rooftop Bar And Restaurant Planned Downtown

Developer Bay Miry wants to open a new rooftop bar and restaurant near Golden 1 Center at 7th and I streets in downtown Sacramento. It would be yet another restaurant to open in the neighborhood: The British-inspired restaurant Camden Spit and Larder recently opened at Capitol and 6th. Rodd says developers and restaurant owners still see lucrative opportunities near the arena.

"Especially with new housing being planned downtown — such as the mid-rise at 601 Capitol Mall, which is slated to have 162 units — developers seem to be anticipating that there's going to be an uptick in demand for restaurant options downtown," says Rodd.

An application for the rooftop bar and restaurant was filed with the city noting that mechanical equipment currently atop the building needs to be upgraded but could be incorporated into the design of the new business.

State Denies Card Room License For Elks Tower 

The California Gambling Commission has rejected a card room license for Elks Tower, the historic building at 11th and J streets in downtown Sacramento. Rodd says the plan to turn the building into a card room and event space goes back to 2016, when the city of Sacramento first received an application for the project.

“Steve Ayers, owner of Elks Tower, proposed as a 24-hour gaming and entertainment center that would include a lounge, bar, restaurant, private dining areas and meeting rooms,” says Rodd. “Then, things got shaky. About a year later, two other card rooms in Sacramento sued the city, claiming it unfairly issued the license to Elks Tower. At the same time, Ayers was working to get a state card room license, because in Sacramento, you need both a license from both the state and city to operate a card room.”

State officials have now reached a final decision, declining Ayers’ application.

“The state Gambling Commission does a thorough background check, focused on run-ins with the law in Ayers background, including driving convictions for speeding and driving under the influence, as well as a misdemeanor in the last several years,” says Rodd.

There’s no word yet on any new plans for Elks Tower.

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