The owners of Sacramento's Downtown Plaza today announced the addition of two new tenants - a brick-and-mortar restaurant operated by the owners of Sacramento food truck "Wicked 'Wich" and a space overseen by the Sacramento Arts and Business Council.
The announcement comes on the same day when longtime plaza retail tenant Brookstone is scheduled to close its doors for good.
San Francisco-based JMA Ventures said today that Wicked 'Wich, the local food truck known for robust sandwiches, will open an eatery in the plaza's food court. The restaurant, aiming for an early spring opening, bears the Wicked 'Wich name.
"The mall is one of those places that we feel strongly that a product like the 'Wich could do well," said co-owner Marvin Maldonado. "We can offer something local, a unique product, something fast and even something healthy -- like our barbecue tofu or our vegan selections.
"Like the food truck, the mall restaurant will continue to serve only locally sourced meats, vegetables and breads from the Sacramento region."
JMA said the Sacramento Arts and Business Council is readying a site described as part gallery, part studio and part retail store.
The Sacramento Arts and Business Council space is scheduled to open Feb. 1 across from the LensCrafters store. Officials hope to draw a mix of local art enthusiasts casual shoppers and art professionals. Shoppers can purchase products ranging from paintings to music CDs - all by Sacramento area artists. Artists will be encouraged to create works of art on-site.
The Arts & Business Council is an independent nonprofit chapter of Americans for the Arts, established in Sacramento in 1987.
Downtown Plaza has struggled over the past decade, with tenant departures creating more than 20 vacancies.
Last week, the Gap and its sister store, Gap Kids, announced that they would be leaving Downtown Plaza, part of a previously announced nationwide downsizing.
In August, JMA bought Downtown Plaza from Westfield Corp. for the bargain price of $22 million.