Elk Grove’s Double Nickel Smokehouse gets its name from the number on Chicago Bear linebacker Lance Briggs’ jersey, but it is Briggs’ childhood friend Cameron Lee who owns the majority stake in the restaurant and who calls the plays there.

Roseville’s ASR Restaurant offers a deal to diners holding gift cards from now-shuttered Crush 29 and Suede Blue.

El Dorado County’s Miraflores Winery toasts cameo role its wines will receive in upcoming movie.

The ranks of Medi-Cal recipients are growing by 10,000 a month in Sacramento County because of the Affordable Care Act, and Sacramento-based WellSpace Health is expanding around the region with primary-care clinics to serve them.

After a two-year court battle, owners of the Eureka Ridge Plaza gain the right to evict the Alizadeh family's Crush 29 restaurant, triggering a closure Tuesday that seemed abrupt to customers and employees.

The operators of the Crest Theatre, including Sid Garcia-Heberger, have reached a negotiations impasse with their landlord and will end their management of K Street Mall landmark on Oct. 31, Garcia-Heberger said Monday.

Longtime Roseville resident Harwinder Bisla, the man who built Bisla’s sports bar near Sacramento State, is investing $3 million to build the upscale ASR Restaurant & Lounge in Roseville.

Two restaurant companies - Paragary Restaurant Group and Chando’s Tacos - have encountered delays in remodeling and have delayed their opening dates.

After 48 years of operation, Assistance League of Sacramento acquires a building at 2751 Fulton that it will call home.

IT consultant Rafael Estrada finds government contract work revving up post-recession; Sacramento entrepreneurs find a virtual footing for their creative projects

Increasingly, Sacramento-area entrepreneurs are gaining backers or subscribers in the virtual world by putting their ideas on online funding platforms and video-sharing sites. Take a look at three that caught this columnist’s attention.

Tre Borden, Sofia Lacin and Hennessy Christophel are nearly two-thirds of the way toward funding their $150,000 Bright Underbelly project, a mural project that will put a 70,000-square-foot image on the underbelly of the W-X freeway.

Artist Maren Conrad and merchandising expert Elizabeth Wood are finding success with their “off-the-wall” idea, taking images from Conrad’s paintings and putting them on table linens and pillow covers.

In just its second year, the Flywheel, a business incubator for artists, is becoming a force for creative collaboration in the Sacramento region.

Botanist and new mom Kristine Callis-Duehl cringed at the spider pictured in a children’s book on insects. Later, she co-founded Budding Biologist, a book and video game company, to correct those types of science mistakes.

The fast-growing MDSTAT Urgent Care, based in El Dorado Hills, snaps up The Doctors Center in Fair Oaks.

Rocklin’s Parallax surprised the open-source community by releasing its source code for the powerful Propeller 1 processor.

Public relations expert Lori Prosio ventured out on her own last July, and already she is hiring a sixth employee.

A week after launching the first-ever Kickstarter campaign for El Dorado Hills-based SlideBelts, owners Brig and Michelle Taylor blew past their intial goal of $60,000 and were on pace to surpass a stretch goal of $350,000.

Art gallery veteran Cynthia Lou opens Sparrow Gallery at 2418 K St. in Sacramento.

The board of the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce announced Friday that Cathy Rodriguez has been named president and chief executive officer of the organization.

SportFishingReport.com founder Chad Woods estimated that traffic to his website has increased 20 percent this year, and he’ll explain why Wednesday at a Facebook seminar for small business owners.

Because of Miyamoto International’s success in Haiti, the government of Liberia invites the company’s CEO, Kit Miyamoto, to look at how residents there can be trained to build safe, affordable housing.

Sacramento’s Genevieve Ross saw chronic illnesses such as eczema and nasal congestion vanish as she adhered to the Paleo Diet, so she decided to make it easy for others to do the same.

When she opened an independent bookstore in 2012, Tina Ferguson, owner of Face In A Book in El Dorado Hills, wrote that she was called everything from courageous to crazy. It’s time to add canny to the list of ‘c’ words.

Roughly 41 percent of financial advisers ranked Redtail Technology’s cloud-based system as the best software to manage customer relationships in a survey released Tuesday by InvestmentNews.com.

Smart & Final owned the Henry’s Farmers Market stores for just a little more than three years before selling them to Sprouts in early 2011. But the Henry’s team left a DNA imprint on the parent chain that is evident at a new store in Carmichael and two others that will open in Rancho Cordova and south Sacramento later this year.

E.Republic founder Dennis McKenna seeds a venture fund to encourage civic technology; his first investment is ArchiveSocial, a company that archives social media accounts for governments.

Rocklin’s Parallax earns $7 million a year in a business that gets roughly half its revenue from education, a bit of irony that isn’t lost on founder Chip Gracey, who was a struggling student at Mira Loma High School.

Pastry chef Ramon Perez started selling his Puur Chocolat confections at Taylor's Market last week, and he's already seeing a pay-off from it.

Fitness guru Lorri Ann Code tones up women from the inside out at more than 50 locations around California – and soon in Alaska and Virgina, too.

The number of specialty bicycle retailers continues to decline, so the owners of Roseville Cyclery were tickled pink to tell me that not only had they survived their first year in business but had doubled their gross revenue.

Access Sacramento will begin transmitting radio signal for its new low-power, 100-watt FM station by end of September. Listeners will be able to find the programming at 96.5 KUBU-LP.

Disabled Marine veteran Dave Hornbeck is still doing reconnaissance, but now he’s scouting out business opportunities for his own company, Global Blue DVBE. Three years ago, Hornbeck teamed up with two friends – Jeff Jordeson and Mike Terpstra – to found a small firm that got off the ground by supplying on-call workers to big companies such as Xerox or Verizon.

The newest editor of Comstock’s Magazine was playing on a ranch in Lodi when publisher Winnie Comstock-Carlson launched the business publication 25 years ago in Sacramento.

At the Coeur d’Alene Art Auction, John Ascuaga will sell off the 18-karat Golden Rooster sculpture that once perched at his namesake Nugget in Sparks.

The Chevys Fresh Mex on Sacramento’s Howe Avenue closes after 15 years of business.

Comstock’s managing editor Christine Calvin succeeds Douglas Curley as editor of the regional business magazine.

After watching novice hairstylists try but fail to build their clientele, Frumoasa Salon owner Diana Ciocan began to think that she needed to be more of a mentor than a landlord. That was the genesis of Frumoasa 2....Sushi chef Lou Valente has the chops to please seasoned diners such as Bee dining critic Blair Robertson. Even so, Valente says he’s had a steep learning curve since opening Lou’s Sushi on Oct. 1....Bee reader Randy Hiuga was driving by 3129 Arden Way when he noticed that the Marie Callender had gone out of business. The restaurant closed June 22, after 46 years in business.

The founders of Gold River’s Redtail Technology first showed 25 financial planners the benefits of storing their data in a cloud back in 2003. Now they serve 25,000 clients, bringing in $5.9 million in revenue in 2013. … The Doctor’s Center, open since 1981 in Fair Oaks, will close by Sept. 30. … PDC Capital will soon welcome the first residents of its assisted living facility in Rancho Cordova, and it’s breaking ground on another in Lincoln on July 23.

Folsom’s Frosting Queens say that sales of their creamy spreads nearly quadrupled in the last year....SMUD must guard its linemen against all raiders as other utilities offer bounties to try to recruit them away.

SMUD must guard its linemen against all raiders as other utilities offer bounties to try and recruit them away.

Ana Manzano launched an indiegogo.com campaign to help get her children’s clothing boutique off the ground in Old Sacramento, but she’s not putting all her apples in that cart.

Veteran Sacramento designer Michael Sommerfield finally took a bridal collection to New York last year, a trip that sold several posh boutiques on carrying his Miosa Couture.… Ana Manzano launched an Indiegogo campaign to help get her children’s clothing boutique off the ground in Old Sacramento, but she’s not putting all her apples in that cart.… The founders of Bumbums & Baubles, Amanda Kludt and Caitlin Zapf, are all hush-hush about whether Sacramento will see them on the upcoming season of ABC’s “Shark Tank.”

The founders of Bumbums & Baubles, Amanda Kludt and Caitlin Zapf, are all hush-hush about whether Sacramento will see them on the upcoming season of ABC’s “Shark Tank.”

A few months after opening a commercial laundry in Sacramento, Keith Pooler received a much-needed validation of his decision: His list of customers doubled. Pooler had to knock on a dozen bankers' doors before he could get a loan for the project.

If you need a job, want to learn and will show up to work on time each day, Beutler service manager Neil Chapman suggests you fill out an online application to work with him.

Mixed martial artist Urijah Faber doesn’t pick fights when it comes to business. He cultivates strategic partners whose projects will benefit from his celebrity. ...One holiday season, as Lodi businessman Robert Beadles struggled to assemble his staff to sign the company greeting cards, he thought there must be a better way. The MemoryTag is his best shot at it.. ... Restaurateur Sami Ladeki waited seven years to expand his chain of Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza eateries to the Sacramento region.

Restaurateur Sami Ladeki waited seven years to expand his chain of Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza eateries to the Sacramento region.

Another holiday season found Lodi businessman Robert Beadles struggling to assemble his staff to sign the company greeting cards. The MemoryTag is his best shot at ending that frustrating annual ritual.

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