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Dining News: Sacramento Effort to Build its Own Public Market Kicks Off

Public Markets draw a crowd. Just look at San Francisco's Ferry Building, Seattle's Pike's Place Market and Napa's Oxbow Public Market.

Locals go there for their everyday shopping needs, and tourists make it a destination for their visits.

A group led by political consultant (and friend) Joe Rodota, Jeffrey Dorso, a lawyer who was involved in the downtown arena process whom I met at a wedding of a mutual friend recently, and Steve Carlin are spearheading the process.

To learn more about this exciting, read the post by Amy Thoma on Girls On The Grid, Ryan Lillis in the Sac Bee or Mark Anderson in the Sac Biz Journal.

While there are still many questions to be answered like financing, the one that interests me is where it'll be placed. A building like this would seem to have to be huge - like a city block. Here are a couple guesses on where it might end up being built:

  • One place that comes to mind is the 300 block of Capitol Mall, where there's currently a giant hole in the ground.
  • Another thought could the empty 2 story building at the northwest corner of 9th & L, which has been for lease for the last 8 years or so, or the 700 block of K street, which has recently had financing troubles given the state's elimination of redevelopment funds.
  • Other places that I've seen suggested are the former Greyhound station downtown.

But at this point, I'm just guessing. Either way, it's an exciting vision for a more vibrant downtown Sacramento. I hope they're successful, and I'll be rooting for the project.

Follow the project on Facebook, Twitter (@SacPublicMarket) or visit its Web site at http://sacramentopublicmarket.com/.

More News:

Beer 'growler' bill sitting on governor's desk - Hope you're thirsty. There’s a proposal before the governor that would allow Californians to refill their off-sale beer jugs, known as growlers, at different breweries. Assembly Bill 647, authored by North Coast Democrat Wesley Chesbro, passed the California Legislature late in August and is now sitting on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk awaiting a signature. Christopher Arns in the Sac Biz Journal.

Sacatomatoes food truck to launch Saturday - A new food truck fashioned as a farmer’s market on wheels with grab-and-go items will make its debut at Saturday’s “Farm-to-Fork Festival.” Sacatomatoes, the latest venture from the team behind the Wicked ‘Wich truck and Broderick Roadhouse, is still fine-tuning the menu but we’re told it’ll be a mix of healthy, locally sourced foods and bags of farm-fresh ingredients...Chong said the Sacatomatoes truck will focus mainly on special events, but seeks to service lunch needs as well. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

Sacramento fish farmers celebrate Farm to Fork week - When one hears the words Farm to Fork, images of fruits, vegetables and maybe even locally raised livestock come to mind.   But the inaugural week celebrating and supporting locally produced food and drink goes far beyond produce. At Passmore Ranch in Sloughhouse, workers spend mornings transferring juvenile Sturgeon fish to tanks where they are held until being ordered from Sacramento-area restaurants. Jeff Maher on News 10.

Broderick's Locals Only Burger is Local All the Way - Broderick Restaurant and Bar is offering just one special as part of Farm to Fork Restaurant Week . While many of the three-dozen-plus restaurants participating in the event are offering multicourse prix fixe meals, Broderick is keeping it simple while keeping it local. Very local. Ed Murrieta on Sac Biz Lunch.

VIDEO: Sacramento Zoo celebrating Farm-to-Fork week - The Sacramento Zoo is asking people to bring in clippings from your yard that the animals might be able to munch on. On KCRA.


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