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These 8 eateries are coming to Citrus Heights in 2018

California Quick Slice
Plans submitted to the city show a new California Quick Slice pizza at an old gas station near Auburn Boulevard and Antelope Road. // Image courtesy, City of Citrus Heights

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Big burgers, all-you-can-eat sushi, humongous salads, and a unique pizza drive-thru are all on tap for new restaurants planning to open in Citrus Heights this year. Here’s a brief run-down of what’s planned for 2018:

Chando’s Tacos is planning to open at the old Chase Bank building at Sylvan Corners in the first quarter of 2018. Owner Lisandro “Chando” Madrigal currently owns several food trucks and four Chando’s Tacos restaurants in the Sacramento region, which feature a Mexican food selection including tortas, burritos, tacos and quesadillas. (Read more)

Checkers, a Florida-based fast food franchise known for its low-priced big burgers, is planning a new drive-thru in front of Steve Cook’s Fireside Lanes bowling alley on the 7900 block of Auburn Boulevard. As of Friday, the city’s planning division had not received any formal plans for the restaurant, but franchisee Ben Aibuedefe told The Sentinel on Saturday he is on track for an opening sometime in 2018. He said once plans are approved by the city, the restaurant could pop up within six weeks through Checker’s new modular designs that are constructed off-site and then delivered. (Read more)

Related: Local franchisee plans new Checkers burger drive-thru in Citrus Heights

Flaming Mountain, an all-you-can-eat sushi and barbecue restaurant, is planning to open at the old La Placita Dos building at 8036 Greenback Ln. In an interview last year, a representative for the family owned restaurant said the location was hoping to open in 2017, but renovation activity at the site has dragged on for months. A worker at the site told The Sentinel on Friday that the restaurant is now planning to open in February. (Read more)

Human Bean Coffee, a new drive-thru kiosk, is expected to open in front of Master Donuts on Sunrise Boulevard near Old Auburn Road. The project was approved by the planning commission last January and construction plans were submitted to the city in October, but construction activity has yet to begin. Local franchisee Amie Wallace previously told The Sentinel her new Human Bean Coffee drive-through was targeting an opening date in 2017, but several messages left with Wallace requesting an update were not returned. (Read more)

Dos Coyotes Border Cafe, a Davis-based restaurant chain offering southwestern food and “humongous salads,” is planning to open by May at 5450 Sunrise Blvd. next to Nation’s Giant Hamburgers. Owner Bobby Coyote previously told The Sentinel his new restaurant was targeting an opening date in 2017, but those plans were delayed due to an extensive remodel of the aging strip mall location by the Cordano Company that was completed last month. (Read more)

Studio Movie Grill, a popular Texas-based company whose locations feature a focus on in-theatre dining, submitted plans for a 50,000-square-foot theater at the old Kmart building on Auburn Boulevard. A company spokeswoman declined to comment last month when asked for an anticipated opening date for the new movie grill, but since a public hearing and planning commission approval are not required for the project, development could proceed quickly.

From December: Plans submitted for new Studio Movie Grill in Citrus Heights

PizzaRev, a Southern California-based “craft your own” pizza restaurant that promises a flame-fired pizza in just three minutes, is slated to open in the same shopping plaza as Dos Coyotes and Nation’s on Sunrise Boulevard. The company was initially hoping for an opening date as early as 2016, but a company spokeswoman confirmed last month that an opening date for the new PizzaRev is now expected in the first quarter of 2018. A Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt has also signed a lease for the same shopping center, and an additional spot is still available.

California Quick Slice, a unique drive-thru pizza concept, submitted plans in November to remake the former gas station building at 7766 Auburn Blvd. into a pizza restaurant with drive-thru and walk-up service. Plans show a drive-thru in the rear of the existing building and outdoor seating under what used to be the gas station canopy where fuel pumps were situated. Due to the drive-thru aspect, the project will require a public hearing and planning commission approval before work at the site can move forward, but the owner is hoping for an opening date later this summer.

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