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SellandRandall Selland, patriarch of the Selland Family, at The Kitchen in Oct. 2014.

Six months after naming a new executive chef, The Kitchen is undergoing another a big change - a move to Broadway, they announced late Friday afternoon. Here's more from their press release:

There’s a new redevelopment project in the works that includes a group of local Sacramento visionaries working together to redevelop an existing site on Broadway. The ownership group includes the following partners: John Nunan, President of Unger Construction Company; Scott Maxwell, Vice President of Unger Construction Company; the Selland Family of Selland Family Restaurants; Brian Silva and Jeffery Stowell, Principles of Silva Stowell Architects.

“We think it’s one of the best streets in Sacramento and that’s why we are taking on 915 Broadway”, says Maxwell, “this project is an opportunity to be a catalyst to the transformation of Broadway”. “Sacramento City Council of District 4, Steve Hansen has been very supportive in this project”, adds Randall Selland.

The site will be the future home of Sacramento’s iconic restaurant The Kitchen in late 2016, owned by Randall Selland and his family. Silva Stowell Architects will also be tenants at the redeveloped Broadway location, scheduled to move in by late 2015. The group is still carefully considering the tenant mix, but will possibly include other restaurants and professional office space.

The timing of the announcement was peculiar, though. If you work in PR, you know you generally dump bad news on Friday, and not announce a big change to your flagship operation. The timing implies that they were forced to announce before they wanted to. In fact, I heard very loud rumors on Thursday that something was going on with The Kitchen. Maybe another reporter was also on the trail.

This is undoubtedly good news for Downtown Sacramento and the Broadway corridor. It also speaks to the continued shift from Sacramento being a largely suburban city to one with a budding urban core. (See also, Kings moving from Natomas downtown, etc.)

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