A photo of a recently completed archway in Hayward was modified by City staff to show how a similar arch could look in Citrus Heights.

Prominent gateway arch, signal proposed for Auburn Blvd

A new gateway arch and signal light on Auburn Boulevard has been proposed by City staff to welcome drivers and pedestrians to the city and help define the border between Roseville and Citrus Heights.

The proposed location is in front of the Kmart and Smart & Final shopping center on Auburn Boulevard, between California Burger and Wells Fargo, according to Citrus Heights Development Specialist Devon Rodriguez…

by · February 17, 2016 · Business
File photo, A Dos Coyotes restaurant on Douglas Boulevard in Roseville, is currently the closest location to Citrus Heights. // CH Sentinel

Dos Coyotes to open new Citrus Heights restaurant

Updated Feb. 11, 3:30 p.m.–
Plans to bring a fresh dose of Santa Fe-style food to Citrus Heights are currently underway, with owner Bobby Coyote confirming his Davis-based Dos Coyotes Border Cafe will open up a new location on Sunrise Boulevard. The small, local chain is known for its southwestern food, “humongous salads,” and seasonal farm-to-fork specials.

Coyote said the new “border cafe” will be located next to Nation’s Giant Hamburgers on Sunrise…

by · February 10, 2016 · Business
New Citrus Heights shopping plaza to now open in May

New Citrus Heights shopping plaza to now open in May

The new 5.7-acre shopping center under construction at Madison Avenue and Sunrise Boulevard is now set to open in May 2016 rather than January, according to the broker group hired to lease the property.

According to broker Andrea Stirling with The Edwards Company, the plaza’s new Smart & Final Extra store is scheduled for a May opening date, with four restaurants and others soon to follow. New restaurants will include…

by · January 29, 2016 · Business
Voting underway to select ‘Best of Citrus Heights’ businesses

Voting underway to select ‘Best of Citrus Heights’ businesses

Kicking off Jan. 11 and continuing through Feb. 15, 2016, Citrus Heights consumers can cast votes online for local businesses they think deserve to win the “Best of Citrus Heights” annual award from the local Chamber of Commerce.

To vote in the competition, only an email address is required, enabling voters to then select their choice for best business in up to 41 different categories this year. Choices range from…

by · January 11, 2016 · Business

Community to vote online for ‘Best of Citrus Heights’ businesses

Citrus Heights consumers will have an opportunity to cast online votes for local businesses they think deserve to win the “Best of Citrus Heights” annual award from the local Chamber of Commerce, with voting set to begin Jan. 11 and continue through mid-February of 2016.

Although the voting website,, was still in test mode and had limited information posted as of Jan. 6, a side column on the site says the…

by · January 6, 2016 · Business
A new Applebee's along Auburn Boulevard will open on Wednesday, according to a company executive.

Citrus Heights Applebee’s opens Dec. 23, raises $1,941 for charity

Updated Dec. 27, 2:04 a.m.–
A new Citrus Heights Applebee’s restaurant in front of the Auburn Boulevard Costco store opened its doors to the general public for the first time on Wednesday with 806 diners served, according to a company spokesperson.

An invitation-only fundraiser held the day prior to the official opening resulted in $1,941 being raised for a childhood cancer research foundation, according to an Applebee’s news release issued Wednesday. Marketing Coordinator Donna Malmlov said select diners were invited to come try out the menu “on the house” Tuesday, with a suggested $5 donation at the door to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

by · December 21, 2015 · Business
Small Business Saturday encourages shopping small, local on Nov. 28

Small Business Saturday encourages shopping small, local on Nov. 28

The day after Black Friday’s expected shopping frenzy, small businesses around the country are anticipated to gain an additional financial boost from the sixth annual Small Business Saturday on November 28 — a day designed to encourage consumers to support small, local businesses in their communities…

by · November 17, 2015 · Business, Community
A banner on a construction fence along Auburn Boulevard announces a new Applebee's restaurant coming soon.

Opening date set for new Citrus Heights Applebee’s

Citrus Heights residents will soon be able to dine at a new Applebee’s restaurant on Auburn Boulevard, located on one of the long-empty pads in front of Costco and Walmart.

Although originally planning for a November opening date, Cas Banaszek, director of operations for Apple NorCal, told The Sentinel on Tuesday that the new Citrus Heights Applebee’s is planning to open on Dec. 21 and will…

by · October 28, 2015 · Business
Linda's Pizzeria closed its Citrus Heights location on August 30 due to apparent lease issues.

Popular Chicago-style pizzeria closes Citrus Heights location

Updated Sept. 24, 4:18 p.m.–
Diners expecting to grab a slice at Linda’s Pizzeria on Greenback Lane this month found themselves met with a closed door and taped-off parking lot, after the restaurant reported leasing issues led to the location’s recent closure.

“It’s with great sadness that Linda’s Pizzeria has to report we have lost our lease negotiations and will be closing this location,” a notice taped on the side glass door reads, announcing the restaurant’s final day of August 30, 2015. “We’ve had a wonderful 5 years in Citrus Heights and you have been a pleasure to serve.”

The establishment received an overall 4-out-of-5 star rating from 240 reviewers on Yelp, and a 7.7-out-of-10 user rating on Foursquare. Many reviewers raved about the Chicago-style pizza, while others gave a 1 or 2-star rating for complaints about taste or poor service from a waitress.

by · September 23, 2015 · Business
A new Bubba's Car Wash is now open in Citrus Heights on Greenback Lane.

New Bubba’s car wash opens in Citrus Heights on Greenback Ln

A new Citrus Heights car wash opened up last week on Greenback Lane near San Juan Avenue, featuring a three-minute “express tunnel” and a water recycling system to limit water waste.

According to Bubba’s Car Wash Manager Tom Tilford, the new “flex serve” facility focuses on offering a quick wash along with some full-service options like hand drying and vacuuming — and potential for more services down the road as well.

The new 1.29-acre lot on Greenback Lane offers a bit more room than currently available on Bubba’s smaller Madison Avenue location, according to Tilford, who added that the Citrus Heights spot offers nearly double the number of vacuuming stalls…

by · September 14, 2015 · Business