The entry arch at Milagro Centre, a new culinary center with food vendors, retail shops and a beer garden at 6241 Fair Oaks Carmichael Bob Shallit
The entry arch at Milagro Centre, a new culinary center with food vendors, retail shops and a beer garden at 6241 Fair Oaks Carmichael Bob Shallit

Business & Real Estate

Milagro adds River City Brewing Co., Mesa Mercado and Ghiotto Artisan Gelato

By Bob Shallit

April 01, 2015 06:45 PM

A Carmichael culinary hub modeled after San Francisco’s Ferry Building and Napa’s Oxbow Public Market is nearly leased up, months before its planned opening date in early summer.

River City Brewing Co. announced Wednesday it has agreed to relocate from Downtown Plaza to the new Milagro Centre at 6241 Fair Oaks Blvd.

River City joins a group of mostly local food and beverage purveyors that hope to establish a “midtown vibe in the suburbs,” according to David Herrera, the Colliers International leasing agent representing the center’s owners.

Milagro, on the site of a former strip mall, is being developed by real estate investor Allan Davis. His wife, Nancy Emerson-Davis, also was a key participant in the project’s conception until her death last month.

“This is going to be her legacy,” Davis said Wednesday of the 46,000-square-foot center, which sits on a 4-acre parcel now sporting a grand arch at its entrance and 20 lighted palm trees.

“This was so important to her that we do this,” he said. “We dreamed about it together for 20 years but never had a place for it.”

The couple bought the land in 2011 and began a major remodel that’s resulted in two stone and stained-stucco buildings joined by a covered patio. The complex sits at the rear of the property.

Besides River City, tenants will include Mesa Mercado, a Mexican restaurant and taco bar run by Ernesto Delgado, owner of downtown Sacramento’s Mayahuel restaurant, and a dessert shop called Ghiotto Artisan Gelato, Davis said. Also going into the center is a restaurant/market concept from Sacramento restaurateur Chris Jarosz, to be called The Patriot.

It will have food stations based on three of Jarosz’s local restaurants: Broderick Roadhouse in West Sacramento and the Capital Dime and Trick Pony, both in midtown Sacramento. It also will include a small take-out market, Davis said.

Also in talks to join the center are Insight Coffee and a wine and cheese store, he said.

In addition to the various eateries, the project features a 7,000-square-foot events center, with a high-end kitchen, designed for weddings, corporate meetings and other gatherings.

Davis said he expects some tenants to open at Milagro by early summer. River City Brewing, which plans to close its downtown location when its lease expires on June 30, probably won’t start up in Carmichael before Labor Day weekend, said company co-owner Beth Ayres-Biro.

Ayres-Biro said she had hoped to stay in her current space and be “part of the whole revitalization of downtown,” but the plaza’s new owners “were not interested in us” remaining there.

A spokeswoman for the Sacramento Kings, which now owns Downtown Plaza, declined to comment.

Davis said Wednesday he is intent on “accomplishing the dream” shared with his wife, who was the daughter of the late Sacramento developer Joe Benvenuti.

One of the couple’s plans was to use the Milagro entryway arch as a way to note important events, such as placing an egg within the sign’s “o” at Easter or a pumpkin at Halloween.

Over the past week, Davis said, a picture of his wife has been residing in that place of honor.

Call The Bee’s Bob Shallit, (916) 321-1017.