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✈️ Restaurants taking SMF to new heights
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Whether you’re staying or going, these new bites at SMF will help you avoid those hangry travel moments. | Photo by SACtoday staff
The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors recently voted in unanimous approval for a list of proposed vendors for Sacramento International Airport (SMF).

So, what’s staying and what’s going? Here are the upcoming changes, which will move into effect starting this summer:

Terminal A

West Coast Sourdough Deli is replacing the spot currently occupied by Peet’s Coffee and Tea. Subs, soups, and salads are its main offerings.

Bambuza Vietnam Kitchen & Bar will be filling a vacant vendor space with menu items like pho, banh mi sandwiches, and grill bowls.

Sidewalk Juice will be assuming a vacant spot, offering smoothies, juices, toast, and acai + granola bowls.

A collaboration of three local restaurants — Magpie Cafe, Centro Cocina Mexicana, and New Helvetia Brewing Co. — will be replacing Iron Horse Tavern in the restaurant-style dining area and bar.

The current Starbucks will stay, but another Starbucks will be added to share a vacant spot with Golden Grove Market.

Fast food chain Wendy’s is replacing the space currently used by Squeeze Burger.

Terminal B

Cafe Bernardo is replacing Esquire Grill, offering normal menu options as well as express items to-go.

Temple Coffee is filling a new retail space, which will operate as a stand-alone stall for coffee + baked goods.

Nixtaco will go in the the spot occupied by Urban Crave Express, offering tacos, burritos, and other Mexican fare.

Bawk! by Urban Roots is taking over Mango Taco’s space, serving up fried chicken, wings, sandwiches, and salads.

OneSpeed Pizza will soon be slinging slices, replacing Famous Famiglia.

Midtown Spirits will take over Cafeteria 15L’s space to serve beverages and bar bites.

Terminal B will also host a Starbucks, Wendy’s, West Coast Sourdough Deli, Sidewalk Juice, and Bambuza Vietnam Kitchen & Bar.

To see the planned map of restaurants + exact placements, you check out SMF’s updated attachments.
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Friday, Feb. 9
  • Cookie Decorating Party | Friday, Feb. 9 | 4:30-7:15 p.m. | Woodland Community Center, 2001 East St., Woodland | $5 | Bring the little ones for this family-friendly event for decorating cookies + Valentine’s Day cards.
  • Dusty Baker Meet & Greet | Friday, Feb. 9 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | McGeorge School of Law, 3200 Fifth Ave., Sacramento | Free | This event celebrates the athletic and business achievements of baseball legend + winery owner Dusty Baker.
  • Boozy Book Fair | Friday, Feb. 9 | 7-9 p.m. | A Seat at the Table Books, 9257 Laguna Springs Dr., Ste. 130, Elk Grove | $25 | Lovers and friends can enjoy Valentine activities, drinks, and more at this queer-owned bookshop.
Saturday, Feb. 10
  • Be Mine Market | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 8 a.m.-1 p.m. | Historic Folsom, 905 Sutter St., Folsom | Cost of purchase | Shop fresh flowers, handmade jewelry, baked goods, and more at this pop-up market.
  • Charcuterie Workshop | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | Superbum Plant Co., 4800 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento | $75 | Make friends and stunning cheese platters, all within a plant-tastic paradise.
  • Lunar New Year Festival | Saturday, Feb. 10 + Sunday, Feb. 11 | 11 a.m.-8 p.m. | Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove Florin Rd., Elk Grove | Cost of purchase | The NorCal Vietnamese Chamber is hosting two days of parades, music, and performances.
  • Weavers and Spinners Guild Open House | Saturday, Feb. 10 + Sunday, Feb. 11 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento | Cost of purchase | Fiber arts fanatics won’t want to miss this day of demonstrations, displays, and handmade goods from local artists.
  • CATstravaganza | Saturday, Feb. 10 + Sunday, Feb. 11 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento | $17+ | Cat lovers unite for this two-day experience with international sensation Cat Lovers Worldwide.
  • Valentine’s Day “Colors” Crawl | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 4-11 p.m. | Multiple locations in Midtown, Sacramento | $5+ | Wear red if you’re single, blue if “it’s complicated,” and black if you’re off the market for this bar crawl.
Sunday, Feb. 11
  • Floats + Scarlet Demore | Sunday, Feb. 11 | 7:30 p.m. | Harlow’s, 2708 J St., Sacramento | $12+ | Jam with this lineup of indie rock bands hitting the stage in Sacramento.
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News Notes
  • The Sacramento Kings and the Sacramento Zoo are partnering to introduce a new resident — a three-year-old male African lion. Over the next several days, the zoo will be slowly introducing the lion to his new habitat before making a public appearance. (FOX40)
  • As part of the Florin Road Beautification Project, Sacramento is hosting a Black Heritage Festival on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The event will showcase the project’s completed work + offer African food, live music, keynote speakers, and more. (Sacramento City Express)
  • Local bakery Palette Cakes is opening its first brick-and-mortar location in Carmichael on Saturday, Feb. 10. The storefront (7901 Fair Oaks Blvd., Ste. C) will be open from 12 to 3 p.m. with grab-and-go baked goods available for purchase.
Feel Good
  • On Wednesday, Feb. 7, two city employees + a team of firefighters received certificates and recognition from Mayor Darrell Steinberg for their live-saving actions. The two water treatment plant workers performed CPR on their co-worker during a heart attack back in December until first responders arrived.
  • Brazilian cafe Tupi Coffee is hiring at both locations — Southside Park (1901 Eighth St.) and Midtown (1801 L St.). The available positions include part-time barista, server, and kitchen positions. Interested applicants can fill out this form, which asks for additional info + an attached resume.
  • Front Street Animal Shelter (2127 Front St.) is waiving adoption fees through Sunday, Feb. 18. After the heavy winds and rain in the past week, the shelter surpassed critical capacity taking in displaced dogs. The waived fee includes spay or neuter surgery, microchips, and vaccinations. (Sac Bee)
  • $500,000 — That’s how much grant money the city is planning to launch this spring in an effort to revitalize the areas surrounding Marysville-Del Paso Boulevard. Have ideas on how to use that money? Provide input in this survey.
  • Did you know? Sunday, Feb. 11, is National Latte Day and we know the best spots around town for an espresso fix. Allow the stars to guide you, or just see what tickles your fancy, with our zodiac coffee shop guide featuring 12 cozy cafes.
  • Planning to watch the Super Bowl this Sunday? Stream it with a Paramount+ with Showtime subscription — get 30 days free with code GOAT.*
  • We’re excited to share that 6AM City, our parent company, closed its Series A funding round led by the media company, TEGNA. This partnership means continuing to deliver the same hyper-local news and events while expanding our reach to new readers and communities. Learn more.
🦷 Sac’s got a sweet tooth
Trays of cupcakes of all flavor sit ready-to-order behind a glass display window.
You deserve a sweet treat — it’s been a long week. | Photo by SACtoday staff
On the hunt for something to satisfy those sugary cravings? Sacramento has no shortage of candy, cupcakes, and everything in between.

We’ve rounded up a few of our faves for you, so grab a tote bag and hit the road.

Candy Heaven | 1201 Front St.
The name for this Old Sacramento shop is no exaggeration. Overflowing barrels and shelves of goodies include fudge, taffy, and gummies galore.

Cafe Xocolatl | 1607 Tenth St.
Chocolate lovers will love this cafe — from the decadent drinks to its selection of chocolate bars, croissants, and other sweets.

Sacramento Sweets Co. | 1035 Front St.
This shop offers flavored popcorn, ice cream, chocolates, and caramel apples among its wares.

Osaka-Ya | 2215 Tenth St.
This Japanese confectionery makes a variety of mochi flavors, snow cones, and bean paste-based treats. City Editor Madeline’s fave is the Coffee Fukashi — sweet steamed cake with coffee bean grounds and white bean paste.

Want more? Let us point you in the direction of your next favorite ice cream parlor.
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