Mikuni, the wildly popular sushi local chain, is retiring its sushi bus and will launch a sushi truck next year, reports Sac Bee's Chris Macias.
The Mikuni Sushi Bus was rented for private events and included an on-board sushi bar, flat-screen TV and service staff. That bus, however, proved to be costly to run as the years went along.
"The bus served its purpose, but a food truck makes a whole lot more sense," said Jeanne Mabry, vice president of marketing for Mikuni. "Anyone can drive a food truck, versus a bus where you need a special license. It just makes much more sense from a catering standpoint. We're going to try it for a year, and if it doesn't pan out, no harm no foul."
Final details are still being worked out for Mikuni's food truck and business plan. Arai wants the truck to showcase Mikuni favorites and also build its audience outside of Sacramento. Arai's already eyeing a new Mikuni location in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The truck is expected to launch in early 2013. Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.
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The other sour - Sour beers are all the rage, but not all sours get their tartness from the famous Brettanomyces yeast; some are rendered tart by the multiplication of the lactobacillus bacteria, a rod-shaped little guy that produces lactic acid. It’s also used in the production of yogurt, cheese and many other foodstuffs. Sudwerk Restaurant & Brewery in Davis brews a lactobacillus beer made every year in the late spring or early summer, and it’s on draught at the brewery right now. Becky Gruenwald in Sac News & Review.
Sammy Hagar concert sold out at restaurant - The 1,200 tickets available to the street party for the grand opening of Sammy’s Rockin’ Island Bar & Grill in downtown Roseville are sold out. The Sept. 15 event is to celebrate the new restaurant, which is associated with rocker Sammy Hagar. Mark Anderson in Sac Biz Journal.
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