Level Up Lounge, located above the popular Thai Basil on J Street, closed in November, reports Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.
Replacing the night club will be VEG, a coffee, bar & tea room.
Suleka Sun-Lindley, who co-owns Thai Basil and Veg, said the idea has been in the works for about two years. She also co-owned Level Up Lounge.
She called the new concept "completely different." While Level Up Lounge catered to a nightlife crowd, Veg will specialize in breakfast and lunch service, according to Sun-Lindley. She's considering offering dinner service for select occasions, such as private events.
Read the entire story in Sac Biz Journal.
According to their Facebook page, VEG officially opened for business on Wednesday, Jan. 6.
VEG is located at 2431 J Street., and can be found online at https://www.facebook.com/vegcafemidtown.
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