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A new pad for Thai

By May 23, 2010

Enterprise columnist

ThereÕs a new restaurant to fill the former Crepe House Uni spot at 117 E St. And youÕre not going to believe whatÕs on the menu.

OK, you read the headline. Yes, Davis has become the land of pizza, frozen yogurt, sushi Ñ and Thai food.

ÒServing the authentic flavors of Bangkok in a contemporary setting, Thai Canteen will be a self-serve restaurant similar to fast-food style, yet with a made-to-order menu,Ó broker Michael Bisch said. Davis Commercial Properties handled the lease for the 2,000-square-foot space in The Lofts.

The approach will allow the owner to charge less for its dishes Ñ averaging just under $7. Its hours will be 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week.

Owner Bua Devahasdin just arrived from Thailand, Bisch said. She hopes to open DavisÕ eighth Thai restaurant in September.


In last SundayÕs column, I quoted a report from Cassidy Turley/BT Commercial, a real estate brokerage firm in Sacramento. Author Jim Gray said the commercial property vacancy rate in Davis was around 27 percent Ñ 11 points higher than SacramentoÕs.

Brian Abbanat, who crunches those economic development numbers for the city, said that vacancy rate was too high. After extensive research of development and building permit records, heÕs built a database that includes every commercial parcel in town.

ÒTo generate total vacancy square footage, I use listings from Loopnet reports, The Davis Enterprise and Craigslist. This results is a total vacant space that is similar to JimÕs,Ó Abbanat said. Ò É The difference comes in the denominator.Ó

Abbanat continues: ÒHe states the Davis office submarket has 750,000 square feet of office space. According to my database, Davis has approximately 1.6 million square feet of office space and 1.0 million square feet of flex space. If we isolate office space, the vacancy rate is approximately 11 percent. If we combine office and flex space, the vacancy rate is 8.7 percent. Both figures are as of April.Ó

Thanks for setting that straight, Brian.


Namaste Nepal Restaurant opened May 14 in University Mall, serving Indian/Nepalese food.

Prajwal Bajracharya and Govinda Dhakal lease the 3,700-square-foot space at 825 Russell Blvd. last filled by La Esperanza.

Its hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, staying open until midnight on Friday and Saturday evenings. Its phone is (530) 792-7321. A lunch buffet is served daily until 4 p.m.


Speaking of University Mall, you may have read in last SundayÕs Enterprise that Forever 21 officials finally signed a lease with Centro Properties Group.

The clothing store will fill 38,418 square feet, encompassing the former Gottschalks site as well as the lobby outside Starbucks.

Executives hope to open the store in September or October. October is still the tentative opening month of the much-anticipated Trader JoeÕs in the same mall.


A new Burger King opened May 14 at 2026 Lyndell Terrace, near Sutter Davis Hospital in West Davis. Like the Starbucks next door, it has a drive-through lane. Its phone number is (530) 297-5700.


Sushi Unlimited apparently was too limited by its space in Anderson Plaza. So, the Japanese food restaurant is expanding into the spot vacated by its former neighbor, Chamonix Coffee.

The restaurant is at 620 W. Covell Blvd.

Ñ Wendy Weitzel is a Davis resident. Her column runs occasionally on Sundays, but her Comings & Goings blog at http://www.davisenterprise.com has more frequent updates. ItÕs also on Facebook. If you know about a business coming or going in the area, contact her at [email protected]

Wendy Weitzel

Wendy Weitzel

Wendy Weitzel is a longtime journalist and Davis resident. She is a former managing editor of The Davis Enterprise, working there from 1998-2008. She has written her Comings & Goings business column since 2001. Today, she does freelance writing, editing, marketing and design.
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