Food Delivery Getting More Popular in Sacramento

photo-1418669112725-fb499fb61127Sacramento residents have their fair share of great food. The city boasts countless restaurants ranging from family-style eateries to ethnic joints to upscale bistros. But these days, more and more people are getting their food delivered instead of going out to restaurants or even opting for takeout.


The trend has been fueled by the addition of Caviar, a food delivery service, to the local market. Caviar works by partnering with local restaurants and delivering food to those who order for a flat fee. Most of the time, the restaurants Caviar works with do not offer delivery on their own. For those that do, Caviar will frequently transport food outside the typical delivery zone.

Caviar first launched back in March of 2013. It started out by partnering with 30 restaurants in San Francisco and, most impressively, managed to become profitable within its first year of operation. Caviar then expanded to New York and Seattle later on in 2013 before eventually setting up shop in Sacramento.


Sacramento residents must live within Caviar’s delivery radius to take advantage of the service, but as long as they do, they have the option to choose from over 20 local eateries. Some of Caviar’s offerings currently include Gordito Burrito, a restaurant serving up Mexican cuisine, and INK Eats and Drinks, a celebrated American bistro. Caviar’s list of Sacramento restaurants spans a number of cuisines, including Thai, Indian, and Japanese.


All of the restaurants in question must pay to partner with Caviar, but doing so is what helps ensure a quality experience on all fronts. Caviar’s goal is to allow restaurants to focus on doing what they do best, which is preparing food and taking care of the customers who choose to dine at their establishments. Caviar, meanwhile, is well-equipped to handle the delivery side, and to this end, it typically employs its own dedicated delivery staff.


Residents of Sacramento looking to utilize this service are in for a real treat. Caviar’s website has been hailed as not just visually appealing, but extremely user-friendly. The site currently features detailed menus coupled with entrée photos. Orders can be placed directly through the website, or through the company’s free mobile app. Best of all, Caviar offers users the ability to track their food through real-time GPS, which can help take the guesswork out of wondering when dinner might arrive.


Of course, Caviar isn’t the only player in the Sacramento food delivery market. Grubhub, a well-established delivery company, also services the area. Competition also comes in the form of Food to You, which operates under a similar business model in that it charges a small delivery fee in exchange for the convenience of having food brought directly to customers’ doors.


Caviar’s ultimate success in the area will most likely depend on how quickly it is able to facilitate food delivery relative to the competition and how reasonable it can keep its rates. Right now its offerings are also somewhat limited, though that’s actually part of the company’s business model. Either way, Sacramento residents have plenty of options for getting their hands on some pretty tasty food without having to leave their homes in the process.


Mitsubishi Plant in Sacramento Expanding

There has been a growth in the past few years when it comes to the carbon fiber market. Carbon fiber is used in numerous type of products, including sporting good equipment and aerospace. The Japanese company, Mitsubishi Rayon Company Ltd. had developed a project, costing $70 million, which they expect will double production of carbon fiber at their industrial site. Their plant is located in South Sacramento and is currently a 65,000 square foot, heavy industrial site, at 5900 88th Street.


Company adds to their current plant

Mitsubishi Carbon Fiber and Composites says that the project will add 70,000 extra feet for manufacturing, maintenance, and warehouse space to its current location. In addition, the company also plans to build a two-story, 16,000 square foot building. This building will replace two older office trailers already on site, and serve as the new office building. The company is expected to spend about $30 million for the new building, while machinery and equipment can cost another $30 to $40 million. On site work began a couple months ago, and is expected to be finished by mid 2016.


Expansion means more jobs

Currently, the Sacramento plan has a 120 person workforce, which is not enough with the expansion of the plant. Once the plant opens, they will require about 50 more people to employ. Even though it might not seem like a lot, adding 50 additional jobs to the area is great for the community. Recently, the state of California’s unemployment rate decreased. California is seeing a growth in jobs in industrial and manufacturing fields. Adding 50 new jobs to the Sacramento area will only help in keeping the unemployment rate down throughout the entire state.


Mitsubishi’s growth and how they use carbon fiber

Mitsubishi Rayon Carbon Fiber and Composites Inc. is an Orange County form subsidiary of the Japanese industrial Mitsubishi company, and has been located in Sacramento since 1980. Once known as Grafil Inc. Mitsubishi Rayon had a name change, after being acquired by Mitsubishi in 1991, which is when it became a subsidiary. It remained Grafil, up until April 2013. This is when Mitsubishi merged Grafil and Newport Adhesives and Composites Inc., and became known as it stands today, Mitsubishi Rayon. Carbon fiber produced at their Sacramento plant is used to make wind-turbine blades, robot arms, golf clubs, and fishing rods. Automotive manufacturers actually use carbon fiber to replace metal parts in order to cut weight. The company says they have noticed a strong demand for this in their plant. In addition, there has been growth in pressure tanks needed to hold gas or liquid. Carbon fiber-reinforced pressure vessels are being used for compressed natural gas fuel tanks. There has been a rise in large busses and trucks converting to compressed natural gas in order to increase cost efficiency.


It is easy to see why Mitsubishi Rayon Company wants to expand their Sacramento plant. In doing so, they will be able to double annual production totals of  carbon fiber. With the increased need for carbon fiber because of its many uses, the development of the Sacramento plant is sure to bring success to the company.


California Oil and Gas Division Chief Resigning

Last week, California’s chief oil and gas regulator decided to step down, after working in the position for a little over 18 months. Steve Bohlen announced his resignation through a formal letter, stating that he plans to return to a previous position at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which helps security in the United States through developing science, technology, and engineering. Bohlen plans to stay on as an unpaid science adviser to the division. What exactly does this mean for oil and gas production in the state of California?

Initial talks of Bohlen stepping down

Bohlen was hired and immediately had to work with controversy in his department, in regards to its oversight of hydraulic fracturing, and other drilling operations. Complaints were also made when it was learned that oil companies were allowed to inject waste-water from drilling into aquifers, protected by the federal government. This was going on for years, a lot of the times without permits. These revelations gave insight into how oil and gas drilling operations happen in the state. Now, oil and gas production in California is under stringent regulations and oversight, much like the loan industry now is for payday and car title loans. Even with the criticism and changes made to the division. Bohlen said that the future looked bright, and he was working to get all the issues solved. He was appointed the position in April 2014, and spoke with Governor Jerry Brown in April 2015 about a possible return to his old place of employment.

Who will replace Bohlen?

It is expected that Governor Brown will appoint Ken Harris to the position. Harris is currently the executive officer of the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board. According to Hollin Kretzmann, who works for the Center for Biological Diversity, the new chief oil and gas regulator will need to address the concerns in California about water contamination, as well as the safety risks from drilling and fracking. He believes the division still is far too close with the oil industry that it is supposed to regulate. Hopefully, the next person in this position can look at all the details and move forward in a way that Bohlen couldn’t.

Could personal business cause Bohlen to call it quits?

Many are wondering if Bohlen’s departure had anything to do with another controversy, surrounding a call Governor Brown made, asking Bohlen to check out his family’s Colusa County Ranch home for any potential oil and gas. People were saying that this was a complete misuse of state funds because it was a personal matter. However, Bohlen said it took an hour of his time, and he was baffled by the controversy. Would this really be a reason for his resignation of such a powerful position?

It is uncertain why Bohlen decided to step down from his position as chief oil and gas regulator. Maybe the controversy of the field was too much for him, or maybe he was more interested in furthering his career with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. This was his first position in the oil and gas field, and it might not have been the exact career path he was looking for. Governor Brown said that Bohlen brought strong leadership skills and a valuable scientific expertise to the job. Whatever his reason, he will surely be missed by many who have worked with him over the past year.



New Additions Planned at 555 Capital Mall

Downtown Sacramento is home to a thriving business and entertainment scene. The area sports numerous attractions and a wide range of dining options, from casual cafes to family eateries to upscale restaurants. However, it’s always been in the city’s best interest to build up the area in an effort to increase both tourism and local commerce.

Sacramento, though a fabulous city in its own right, has, in recent years, taken much of a backseat to other California cities as far as tourism and revenues go. Though tourism has improved in Sacramento, as evidenced by the fact that hotels have seen an uptick in performance in recent months, the city’s numbers are nowhere near those of San Francisco. On the other hand, Sacramento’s reasonable costs make it a prime target for tourists on a budget and businesses looking for a new home, whereas setting up shop as a business in San Francisco is far more cost-prohibitive.


In fact, the affordable nature of Sacramento is drawing a number of new tenants to 555 Capitol Mall, a prominent spot right in the heart of the city. In fact, developers of the property are now opting to focus on its open retail spaces, a move that could prove to be quite strategic.

Rubicon Partners, the development team behind the property, just submitted plans to the city to refresh and upgrade spaces on the first and third floors in order to make them more usable and desirable for potential tenants. On the east side of the property’s first floor, Rubicon is planning to develop two distinct retail uses: a spacious 1,900-square-foot coffee shop and cafe, and an 8,500-square foot upscale restaurant.

The move is one that will likely draw a diverse crowd of both regulars and tourists. Additionally, the coffee shop and restaurant will both include an expansive patio space along Capitol Mall. This will enhance the experience for visitors to both establishments and draw more attention to the newly developed eateries. To the west, the existing restaurant, House Kitchen & Bar, will remain open and tie into the expanded outdoor spaces as it continues to serve up the comfort food it’s known for among Sacramento locals.

But the plans for the property don’t stop there. On the third floor, Rubicon intends to construct a 3,000-square-foot event space, which will include an outdoor deck facing onto Capitol Mall. During daytime hours, the indoor space could be used for business meetings and conferences. At night, it’s shaping up to be the ideal spot for hosting private parties or fundraisers.

Work on these spaces is scheduled to begin by the start of 2016. However, the property is already seeing other positive changes. Approximately 100,000 square feet are currently under construction, and a good 90% of the building’s office spaces have commitments for new tenants. The goal, of course, is to make 555 Capitol Mall a hub for retail and commerce. Doing so will not only improve its value, but enhance the surrounding area of Sacramento on a whole.