The corner of Auburn Boulevard and Twin Oaks Avenue has long been dormant, but a developer has plans to bring a shopping center to the lot. // CH Sentinel

Developer has big plans for vacant corner on Auburn Blvd.

A long-dormant corner at Auburn Boulevard and Twin Oaks Avenue in Citrus Heights could soon become an attractive 9,000-square-feet shopping plaza with outdoor seating and parking in the rear — all that’s missing is tenants.

Developer Hemanta Agarwala has been ready to build the Twin Oaks Plaza for the past 10 years, but struggled to find tenants after the market “fell through the crack” in 2008. Since acquiring the property…

by · August 12, 2017 · Business
Citrus Heights Mayor Jeff Slowey. // Image credit: Ron Lawrence, Twitter

Citrus Heights mayor gives positive outlook in ‘State of the City’ address

Mayor Jeff Slowey gave the annual “State of the City” address during a luncheon at the Citrus Heights Community Center on Tuesday, highlighting new proposed developments, increases in projected revenue, accomplishments from the past year, and some challenges faced by the city.

Slowey kicked off his 25-minute speech to the group of about a hundred business representatives and city staff, focusing on Citrus Heights’ landmark celebration of 20 years since becoming a city in…

by · August 12, 2017 · Business, City Hall
A developer has proposed demolishing the old Logan's restaurant on Sunrise Blvd. in order to construct a new 10,000-square-feet building closer to the street.

Old Logan’s to be demolished, replaced with new restaurants & retail on Sunrise

Following the closure of the old Citrus Heights Logan’s Roadhouse restaurant on Sunrise Boulevard earlier this year, the property’s new owner is proposing to demolish the old building and construct a new 10,000-square-feet retail and restaurant center situated closer towards the street.

Although permits and approval from the planning commission have yet to be acquired, Jimboy’s Tacos has already signed a lease to be one of four likely future tenants at the location, according to Aaron Dan of Lockehouse Retail Group, the leasing agent for the property. He told The Sentinel on Thursday that negotiations with several other tenants are also underway…

by · August 5, 2017 · Business
A proposed 10,000-square-feet building would replace the old Logan's restaurant on Sunrise Boulevard with new retail and restaurants. // Image source: Lockehouse

Image: proposed development to replace old Logan’s restaurant on Sunrise Blvd

A proposed 10,000-square-feet building would replace the old Logan’s restaurant on Sunrise Boulevard with new retail and restaurants. // Image source: Lockehouse

by · August 5, 2017 · Business
Theatre in the Heights opened on Auburn Boulevard in January 2017. // CH Sentinel

Tiny theatre in Citrus Heights offers comedy, drama in unlikely place

Citrus Heights residents no longer have to go downtown to see a quality show — as long as they don’t mind the size of the theatre, that is.

Tucked away next to a barber shop in the Aquarium Depot shopping plaza on Auburn Boulevard, a small theater is making a big step to bring entertaining shows to Citrus Heights. The Theatre In The Heights, which opened in January of this year, features a 52-seat auditorium sandwiched between a barber shop and Baskin Robins at 8215 Auburn Blvd…

by · July 29, 2017 · Business, Community
A sign taped to the door of the Denny's restaurant at 6215 Sunrise Blvd. in Citrus Heights tells diners the restaurant has closed its doors for good. // CH Sentinel

Denny’s restaurant in Citrus Heights abruptly closes

By Hazel Ford–
As of 10 p.m. Wednesday, the formerly 24-hour Denny’s restaurant at 6215 Sunrise Blvd. in Citrus Heights is no longer open for business.

“We would like to thank everyone for your loyalty over the years. We will no longer be open at this location, but do encourage you to visit us at one of our many other locations,” read a statement taped on the front door of the restaurant on Wednesday night. “Thank you all again for your business, friendships, and loyalty over the years.”

by · July 20, 2017 · Business
A long-vacant retail store lies vacant at the corner of Auburn Boulevard and Antelope Road, one of several vacant storefronts a new business association hopes to see filled. // CH Sentinel

New business association envisions bright future for Auburn Boulevard

By Hazel Ford–
A newly formed business association is planning big for the future of a high-traffic corridor in Citrus Heights. The Auburn Boulevard Business Association, or ABBA, is currently working to develop a strategy to help make Auburn Boulevard a vibrant destination for tourists and residents alike.

“Our vision is to make Auburn Boulevard a destination point,” ABBA Chairman Richard Hale told The Sentinel. “We get a lot of traffic along that corridor, but we want to make it a destination for if you want to dine out for the evening or if you need any kind of services.”

by · July 16, 2017 · Business
Bo Urban Corner opened in Citrus Heights in January 2017. // CH Sentinel

Food Review: new Vietnamese restaurant in Citrus Heights earns 5-stars

Decorated with strings of colorful flags, Bo Urban Corner presents a new modern and clean storefront on San Juan Avenue. Entering on a recent weekday, my companions and I took our seats and were given tall glasses of ice water while we considered our orders.

Freeman Nguyen, who co-owns the small eatery at the corner of San Juan and Sperry Drive with his son, made conversation with us while we deliberated, explaining the meals offered at the restaurant. The urban eatery has a simple menu with three main choices…

by · July 8, 2017 · Business
A new Checkers restaurant is planned to open in Citrus Heights. // PRNewswire

Checkers: Local franchisee plans new burger drive-thru in Citrus Heights

Seasoned fries, big burgers, chicken wings and milkshakes will soon be served up in Citrus Heights at a new drive-thru restaurant on Auburn Boulevard, if everything goes as planned.

Local Franchisee Ben Aibuedefe told The Sentinel his new Checkers drive-thru is planned for the corner of Grand Oaks and Auburn Boulevards, next to the Fireside Lanes bowling alley. He said the location will likely be around 1,000 square feet in size and won’t have any indoor seating, but will have a walk-up window and a few outdoor seats — a typical setup seen at Checkers around the country…

by · July 1, 2017 · Business
A colorful display of an order of chicken tikka masala and a side order of naan bread and rice. // CH Sentinel

Food Review: Kabab N Tikka offers Pakistani-Indian flavor in Citrus Heights

Back-set from Greenback Lane in a largely unnoticed strip mall near San Juan High School, the front window of “Kabab N Tikka” is decorated with pictures of various ethnic dishes that diners will find offered inside.

Entering the Pakistani-Indian restaurant on a recent afternoon, my companion and I had the place to ourselves, and were able to enjoy the quiet as we considered our options for lunch and glanced around at the ethnic jewelry and garments on the walls. We were pleasantly surprised to find the restaurant fairly affordable, with most appetizers and dishes running from 3 to 13 dollars…

by · June 21, 2017 · Business