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Manteca gets another burger place; the $1M bulb-out project
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Five Guys Burgers & Fries is coming to Manteca.
The fast casual restaurant with more than 1,000 locations in the United States and Canada is planning to open in the Stadium Retail Center near the Big League Dreams sports complex next door to Round Table Pizza.
The restaurant features burgers, hot dogs, fries, and sandwiches.
The closest locations to Manteca are Pacific Avenue in Stockton, Grant Line Road in Tracy, Claribel Road in Riverbank, and Reynolds Ranch Parkway in Lodi.
Vitality Bowls — a superfood café featuring Acia Bowls — is also opening in the Stadium Retail Center. The closest Vitality Bowls locations to Manteca are two in Pleasanton, Brentwood, and Walnut Creek.
Some preliminary site work has been done for the next Sizzler’s Restaurant planned across the street on the southeast corner of Airport Way and Daniels Street behind Taco Bell and McDonald’s. Work is expected to get underway in earnest later this year.
The other new restaurant in Manteca is the first-sit down restaurant for owners of the popular LaCosta Taqueria on Moffat Boulevard. Their restaurant — dubbed Tato’s Mexican Restaurant— is going in at the Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley on the roundabout with the water feature across from Guess and the Banana Republic.

Replacing bulbs
with gold pavers
on North Main?
Ready for some good old-fashioned sticker shock?
The effort to remove the bulb-outs and make the 100 block of North Main Street whole again is projected by City of Manteca staff to cost $1 million.
That includes removal, traffic signal modifications, repaving, and new pavement stripes.
One council member — who plans to ask “why so much” at Thursday’s budget workshop — said he’s got to wonder whether the city plans on using gold pavers.
By comparison it will cost $1.2 million to extend Milo Candini Drive from the edge of Big League Dreams to Yosemite Avenue. It’s a distance equivalent of roughly Wawona Street to Yosemite Avenue along Main Street.

Free Italian
ice all day
on Thursday
Rita’s Italian Ice — the world’s largest Italian Ice concept with more than 600 stores — will celebrate the grand opening of its newest location in Stockton this Thursday, June 2,  by offering free Italian Ice all day long.
Rita’s of Stockton will also be giving away free Italian Ice for a year for the first 50 guests who sign up for the Rita’s Birthday Club at the grand opening event. The opening is part of a larger plan for franchisee and Linden resident Bob Tanon who plans to open three additional Rita’s locations in the Sacramento-Stockton area by 2019.
“As transplants from Pennsylvania and having been without Rita’s for more than seven years now, my wife and I knew it was finally time to bring Rita’s ‘cool treats’ to our home in the Sacramento-Stockton area,” said Tanon. “We look forward to introducing Rita’s unique Italian Ice concept to our community and sharing our love for the brand with our friends and neighbors.”

Manteca may soon
have new city manager
The Manteca City Council is poised to appoint a new city manager on Thursday.
There are conducting a special 9 a.m. meeting at the City of Manteca Human Resocu4s/Risk Management office at 302 Cherry Lane, Suite 107, to possibly make a final decision on Karen McLaughlin’s replacement. She is retiring in September.
The closed door session will be followed by a report in open session on the council’s actions.

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