Category: MARRS

Midtown Art Retail & Restaurant Scene

Miami Vibe

By Martin KuzĀ & Lark Park
Sactown Magazine

Lounge on 20 brings white leather chairs and faux-sand walls to midtown, not to mention colorful culinary creations (like diver scallop with poached quail egg) and 25 kinds of champagne by the glass. Now this is our kind of South Beach diet.

By day, Ali Mackani looks every bit the typical well dressed businessman – Armani suit, Ermenegildo Zegna tie – as befits the well-heeled clientele at this upscale 55 Degrees restaurant on Capitol Mall. But as the sun slowly sinks, his alter ego gradually surfaces: off come the suit and starched-collar formality, on go the Seven jeans and laidback attitude. Then casual Mackani heads to midtown’s South Beach, better known as Lounge on 20, his latest venture and the answer to an age-old question: What happens when MOMA meets Miami Vice?

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Hip, Artsy Heart Beats In Sacramento’s Midtown: ‘Grid’ Turning Into THE Place To Hang Out

By Spud Hilton
San Francisco Chronicle

It used to be the most you could say about Sacramento’s midtown was that it has pleasant, tree-canopied streets and row after row of Victorian-era homes, most remarkably well-preserved.


What used to be a cultural dead zone and excitement black hole between downtown and the burbs, however, quite suddenly has a hot, hip, walkable neighborhood at its heart, with dozens of stylish white-linen restaurants, of-the-moment boutique shops and galleries, and a sophisticated bohemian vibe not typically associated with, well, Sacramento.

It still has the trees and Victorians, but hardly anyone notices those anymore.

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Project Of The Year: MARRS Building

By Robert Celaschi
Sacramento Business Journal

Project Of The Year: MARRS BuildingThe judging team didn’t have to compromise in choosing the MARRS Building for Project of the Year.

“Everyone said ‘I wish we had more projects like that,'” said judge Adam Nelson. “We could have spent an entire day just walking around and looking at it. I felt lucky to be included with the group.”

The building’s official name is the Midtown Art Retail & Restaurant Scene. It started life as a warehouse for Mayflower Transit and already had gone through one renovation into offices before developer Michael Heller Jr. bought it in eatly 2005.

“Nondescript” is one of the more charitable words used for the building that Heller decided to turn into offices and nightlife-oriented retail.

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