Businesses moving in, some closing

By: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter
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As we say goodbye to long-time businesses here in Folsom, we also say hello to a plethora of new ones.

After 16 years of business in Folsom, Italian restaurant chain Romano’s Macaroni Grill closed its doors last weekend. With just a note on their door, the restaurant advised customers to visit the two nearest locations in Roseville and Elk Grove.

In October 2017, the restaurant chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Additionally, Romano’s Macaroni Grill closed more than 35 other restaurant locations.

Toys “R” Us filed for bankruptcy in September 2017 and recently announced the national store will be closing 182 of their 881 U.S. stores. Included in the one-fifth of their stores closing, 27 locations will be closing in California, including Folsom’s Babies “R” Us.

This year is a big year and an exciting time in Folsom’s business world, as various new businesses are anticipated to open soon.

Opening in the coming weeks is Dolce Vita Caffe, which will be located in the Walmart Central shopping center. According to Mounir Kardosh, founder and CEO of Nazareth Enterprises, Inc., this new patisserie will be open in the next 30 days.

Opening this spring, Buckhorn Grill will be located in the Palladio. Buckhorn Grill is a barbecue-style restaurant that offers a wide selection of items including a la carte, sandwiches, salads, burgers and more.

Also opening in spring is Superior Self Storage Facility, which will be located at 7700 Folsom-Auburn Road.

Summer has a lot in store for Folsom with six new businesses – Back Bistro, a long-time Folsom eatery opening their new location in the Palladio; Brewery Plaza, a microbrewery that will be located at 13407 Folsom Boulevard; Brisas Do Sul Steakhouse, the long-awaited Brazilian steakhouse, which will be located in the Palladio; Quick Quack Carwash, which will be located at Cavitt Drive and Iron Point Road; and Scott’s Seafood, a long-time Folsom restaurant that is building a brand new location on Sutter Street.

Opening in fall of this year, also in the Walmart Central shopping center is Big O Tires and Dutch Bros. Coffee, which are breaking ground reportedly in May, according to Kardosh.

“We’re really excited about the renovations going on in the center and the larger prospected renovations,” Kardosh said, discussing the Walmart Central shopping center. “At the shopping center, the long-term tenants have been taken over by new blood.”

While Dutch Bros. Coffee has dozens of locations in the Sacramento region, this location is the first in Folsom and will have its typical drive-thru model, as well as a small outdoor seating area.

Right next to Dutch Bros. Coffee will be a 5,000-square-foot facility that will house Big O Tires.