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Business Journal: Taco Bell With Alcohol Coming To Downtown; Indoor Ax-Throwing Venue Opening In Rancho Cordova; VSP Moving Innovation Center To The Cannery

Courtesy of Taco Bell

Taco Bell plans to bring its Cantina concept - which includes alcohol - to downtown Sacramento.

Courtesy of Taco Bell

Taco Bell To Serve Alcohol At “Cantina” Site Downtown

The fast-food chain Taco Bell is bringing its new "Cantina" concept to Sacramento. The Sacramento Business Journal's Sonya Sorich says it'll be on K Street near 9th.

"One of the major differences between the Cantina format and standard Taco Bell locations is that the Cantinas serve alcohol,” says Sorich.” So you can expect menu options such as beer, as well as freezes made with rum, tequila or vodka."

This will be Taco Bell's first Cantina location in the Sacramento area. It's expected to open in the fall. The chain has opened other ones in San Francisco, Chicago and New York.

Ax-Throwing Bar And Restaurant Coming To Rancho Cordova

A bar and restaurant that'll let people throw axes around is coming to the Sacramento area. Customers 12 and older will be able to toss axes at targets in designated lanes. Sorich says ax-throwing has become a popular social activity in other cities, where it's often used for team-building. 

"The concept has been slow to expand to the Sacramento area until now,” says Sorich. “The locally owned Smart Axe calls itself the first ax-throwing establishment here. It's expected to open later this summer in a space most recently occupied by Old Republic Brewery in Rancho Cordova."

The operators of Smart Axe hope to open 4 or 5 locations over the next 2 years in the Sacramento area and beyond. The company's owner — Doug Link — also heads the Esquire I-MAX Theatre in downtown Sacramento.

VSP Innovation Center Moving To The Cannery

Vision insurance company VSP Global has announced plans to move its innovation center from midtown to The Cannery in Sacramento. Sorich says the innovation space is expected to triple in size with a move from midtown to Alhambra Boulevard.

“VSP is based in Rancho Cordova, but uses this innovation space for new and experimental ideas,” says Sorich. “The move is expected to take place later this year.”

News of the expansion comes as the company has about 200 open positions, spanning several departments. 

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