Checkers & Rally’s Eyeing Sacramento Sites
Checkers & Rally's Drive-In Restaurants could soon be coming to Sacramento. The Tampa, Florida-based chain is known for burgers, french fries and hot dogs. The Sacramento Business Journal's Sonya Sorich says the company's been eyeing the Sacramento area for years.
"Franchisees have filed plans for a Rally's restaurant inside a Walmart Supercenter in Florin Towne Center, which could open early next year. Other franchisees are planning more local sites," says Sorich.
One local site is a vacant lot in Citrus Heights at the corner of Auburn and Grand Oaks boulevards. The company's head of franchise development says it hopes to attract workers by offering opportunities for upward mobility.
Unique Bakery Opening Downtown
Downtown Sacramento's getting a new - and eclectic - bakery. Sorich says Odd Cookie Bakery Cafe and Bar is filling a space previously occupied by Bar Rouse on 9th Street near J Street.
"The locally owned business will offer selections such as cupcakes topped with fried chicken and waffles,” says Sorich. “There will also be savory options, including deep-fried, single-serve pizzas."
The business is expected to open in mid-to-late December. Bar Rouse closed in 2017, amid unresolved business disputes. The founder and head chef of that business initially operated a restaurant called Blackbird in the space.
Marriott Building Residence Inn North Of Downtown
A new hotel is being planned for a spot just north of downtown Sacramento off Highway 160. It would be on land previously occupied by the Radisson Hotel Sacramento ... and later the Red Lion Hotel Woodlake. Sorich says plans have been submitted to build a 179-room Residence Inn by Marriott on Leisure Lane.
"The hotel would be four stories,” says Sorich. “The company plans to break ground in spring 2020, and it could open by fall 2021."
The hotel would join a senior housing project that's under construction at the site. A self-storage project has also been approved for the property.