River City Brewing Company opens doors
By Kathy Park
CARMICHAEL, Calif. (KCRA) — The new Milagro Centre on Fair Oaks Boulevard is showing signs that it will be open this summer with several local restaurants.
On Monday, River City Brewing Company opened its doors as the building’s first tenant.
“All the hard work is starting to pay off after yesterday, and seeing the community coming out to welcome us in, was very nice,” River City Brewing Company owner Steve Cuneo said.
After more than two decades at the downtown location, the restaurant closed its doors last year as construction with the arena moved in.
“We weren’t going to wait around. It’s not an easy proposition to move a bunch of brewing tanks and then have to move again, so we wanted to find some place for sure that we knew we could last another 25 years in, and a community that would support us, and I feel like we’ve found that home,” Cuneo said.
The Milagro Centre will bring eight dining options under one roof, plus event space and new offices for the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce.
Some of the restaurants include: Mesa Mercado, Fish Face Poke Bar, Insight Coffee, Ghiotto Gelato and The Patriot.
“There is a place in Napa called Oxbox market, which is a similar concept, and the Ferry building is a little like it,” Milagro Centre owner Allan Davis said.
Davis bought the property with his family three years ago when it was as an old strip mall.
“And we’re hoping this will be a catalyst to spur new development in the area,” he said.
Davis said the project should have been finished a lot sooner.
“Yes like about a year ago,” he said. “There’s just been a lot of issues come up with the building, and with the special agencies that are involved.”
“You can have your taco, and your beer and gelato and walk home,” Carmichael resident Chris Rodvold said.
Residents said dining options have been limited in their community.
“You gotta go 2 miles one way or 2 miles another way to find a similar experience,” Cuneo said. “Being in the restaurant industry, even though I live out here, all my dining options were downtown, so it was rare to get out into this community.”
All the space at the Milagro Centre has been leased out. Davis said they were specific about selecting tenants that were based locally.