Former Mayor Opens News Restaurant In Oak Park

Former Mayor Opens News Restaurant In Oak Park


THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE LIVE REPORT IN STOCKTON. WE WILL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THIS BREAKING NEWS STORY ON OUR WEBSITE AND REMEMBER, WHEN WE ARE NOT ON THE AIR, YOU CAN ALWAYS GET THE LATEST DETAILS ON A WEBSITE AT CBS13.COM. ALL NEW AT 6:00, A FAMILIAR FACE MOVES INTO OAK PARK, HOPING TO HELP REVITALIZE THE NEIGHBORHOOD FEEL SACRAMENTO MAYOR, KEVIN JOHNSON IS OPENING UP A NEW SOUL FOOD RESTAURANT. ANNA GILES HAS THE BUZZ BEHIND THE ADVENTURE AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE AREA OVERALL. Reporter: THIS NEW RESTAURANT IS CALLED FICTIONS AND RIGHT NOW IT IS A STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS. A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD SAY THAT ABOUT THIS NEIGHBORHOOD IN GENERAL BUT THAT WOULD ALSO TELL YOU THAT THIS PLACE HAS GONE A LONG WAY IN A SHORT TIME. THIS BUSINESS OWNER AND HIS CLIENT HAVE WATCHED THINGS CHANGE YEAR AFTER YEAR . NO DOUBT THIS BUSINESS, EACH ONE ENHANCES OTHER BUSINESSES. IT WORKS LIKE A COMMUNITY AND A FAMILY. Reporter: HE REMEMBERED A TIME WHEN HE WOULD VISIT OAK PARK FOR A HAIRCUT AND WORRY ABOUT IT VIOLENCE, AND EMPLOYMENT AND DETERIORATION WERE ALL A PROBLEM. MET I DIDN’T FEEL COMFORTABLE COMING HERE. Reporter: FORMER SACRAMENTO MAYOR, KEVIN JOHNSON, DID A LOT TO CHANGE THAT VICKI GREW UP IN OAK PARK. THROUGH HIS CHARITY, SAINT HOPE, JOHNSON HAS INVESTED MILLIONS IN REDEVELOPING THE AREA, BRINGING IN A BROAD RANGE OF BUSINESSES. THE EFFORT TO REVITALIZE RUNS IN THE FAMILY. HIS MOTHER OWNS UNDERGROUND BOOKS, JUST AROUND THE CORNER FROM THE NEW RESTAURANT. YOU CAN LOOK AT A NUMBER OF OTHER PROJECTS HE HAS DONE. HE CARES DEEPLY ABOUT OAK PARK. NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. I’VE ALWAYS SAID IT WAS MY DISTRICT BUT HIS NEIGHBORHOOD. IT IS WHERE HE GREW UP. Reporter: ROBINSON SAYS OAK PARK IS LIKE AN ECOSYSTEM. PEOPLE AT THE RESTAURANTS COME TO HIS BARBERSHOP AND HE RETURNS THE FAVOR. IT IS SOMETHING MOVING. YOU CAN SEE OF THE DAY. AT LEAST I CAN I’M SURE EVERYBODY ELSE THAT WORKS IN THE AREA. Reporter: AND IT IS TELL US THEY HOPE TO HAVE THE RESTAURANT OPEN BY THE END OF

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