Sacramento's Downtown Plaza shopping complex lost one tenant but picked up two others on Thursday.
San Francisco-based JMA Ventures LLC, announced the upcoming addition of 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 came on the same day that longtime plaza retail tenant Brookstone closed its doors for good.
JMA said that Wicked 'Wich, the local food truck known for serving robust sandwiches to on-the-street customers throughout the area, plans to open an eatery in the plaza's food court in the early spring. The restaurant will bear 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."
Co-owner Chris Jarosz will serve as head chef.
JMA said the Sacramento Arts and Business Council is readying a site described as part gallery, part studio and part retail store.
The council's 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.
"People can come in and buy things, make an art project and if they're in the industry or if they're interested in the professional side of the creative industry, they can meet with experts and get advice and consulting," said Michelle Alexander, executive director of the Sacramento Arts and Business Council.
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.
Attempts to get comment from JMA officials on Thursday were unsuccessful, although JMA President and CEO Todd Chapman has said his company continues to meet with numerous experts on plans to transform the mall into a prime downtown destination.
Downtown Plaza also has surfaced amid the ongoing Sacramento Kings drama as a possible site for an NBA arena.