California-based chain, Local Kitchens, is opening three new Northern California locations in coming months.
The chain, billed on its website as a “micro food-hall,” offers a menus of five to 10 restaurant brands out of a single kitchen. Unlike traditional food halls where each restaurant brand has its own kitchen and separate customer lines, all food at Local Kitchens will be ordered in a single line and the food will be prepared out of view from the customers.
The new locations will be in Granite Bay, Citrus Heights and Natomas. Local Kitchens currently has nine locations in Northern California and one in Southern California.
The first new location in Granite Heights is scheduled to open in March or April, said a spokesperson. She said locations in Citrus Heights and Natomas are set to open between late spring and early fall.
All the food choices are ordered on an iPad-type computer or by a mobile app.
The food comes in wrappers provided by the restaurants. However, the dining room is plain and does not display the branding of the local restaurants featured at the locations.
The picture of the fire coming out of the rooster’s beak is part of the dining experience at Nash & Proper in downtown Sacramento but is not part of the Local Kitchen experience.
What’s to eat?
The Granite Bay location will feature Nash & Proper, a fried chicken restaurant based in downtown Sacramento; The Melt, a San Francisco-based grilled cheese and hamburger restaurant; Sushirrito, a San Francisco-based sushi burrito eatery; and Oren’s Hummus, which originated out of Silicon Valley.
The spokesperson said the restaurants at the planned locations in Citrus Heights and Natomas have yet to be firmed up.
The lowest-priced items start at around $8 and go up to around $16, according to the spokesperson
At the Davis location this week Nash & Proper’s signature fried chicken thigh “Sammich” sandwich with toppings went for $12.95, a grilled Angus and Wagyu beef hamburger with melted cheese and caramelized onions from The Melt went for $9.95, Oren’s Chicken Skewer Bowl went for $14.50 and a salmon poke burrito at Sushirrito sold for $16.
8680 Sierra College Blvd., Granite Bay
7885 Madison Ave., Citrus Heights
2610 Arena Blvd., Sacramento
Hours: The hours of the new food halls have yet to be set but Local Kitchens tend to stay open late.
The existing Local Kitchens at 10357 Fairway Drive in Roseville is open from 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. The Davis location at 500 1st St. maintains hours from 11 a.m to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.