Special to The Enterprise
Fans of the displaced Monticello Bistro of Winters will be pleased to know its owners have signed a lease for a restaurant Ñ in Davis.
Monticello Seasonal Cuisine will fill the 630 G St. spot last held by Osaka Sushi. Owners Rhonda and Tony Gruska of Davis have a new partner: Jim Eldon of Fiddlers Green Farm. The local farmer and chef is a board member and longtime merchant for the Davis FarmersÕ Market. He farms 35 acres of certified organic vegetables in the Capay Valley.
Rhonda Gruska said she and her husband have used EldonÕs produce for years for their restaurant and catering business. They were delighted to learn that he was a chef. The GruskasÕ Tastebuds Catering also will operate out of the location.
The timeline is three to six months, she said, with an ambitious goal to open by Thanksgiving.
Monticello Seasonal Cuisine will have more hours and more offerings than its Winters predecessor, which took over Steady EddyÕs Coffeehouse in the evenings. It will still feature local, seasonal food, with a prix fixe dinner and a la carte dishes. But it also will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Dinners will be from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, with brunch available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends.
According to its business plan: ÒMonticello will serve customers interesting and flavorful food they arenÕt likely to make for themselves at home. In addition to the menu showcasing seasonal appropriateness, regional resources, freshness, and minimal interference between source and plate, the wine and beer list will feature local and regional selections. This farm-to-fork business will serve as a model, reflecting the values and sustainable future of Yolo County and the region.Ó
Of course, the Gruskas and Eldon will remain mainstays of the FarmersÕ Market. The Gruskas sell jars of seasonal products like lemon curd on Saturday mornings, as well as meals like fresh salads at WednesdaysÕ Picnic in the Park.
ÒWe are really excited about the opportunity to have a restaurant in the town where we live and to expand upon our successful concept in Winters,Ó Rhonda Gruska said.
ÒOur Winters customers already come to Davis regularly, and now our Davis (customers) can walk or bike to our new place … and if they drive, there will be plenty of non-metered parking. We are thrilled to be next-door neighbors with our friends at the Davis Food Co-op.Ó
Tony Gruska writes a monthly food column for the Davis Food Co-op newsletter.
Wondering about the fenced-off construction site next to the downtown Post Office? ItÕs for the new Baja Fresh Mexican Grill at 237 D St. The site was last occupied by the Davis Holistic Health Center.
The Mexican food chain offers burritos, tacos, fajitas, salads, soups, nachos, quesadillas and a kidsÕ menu. For more information, go to http://www.bajafresh.com.
Fiesta DanceNÕ Fitness is expanding. The studio, at 915 Third St., just took over the space next door, at 917 Third St. Kumon Math & Reading Center left that spot last August for a larger suite in the same center.
The fitness company started in October 2008 in a 400-square-foot space in West Davis. It moved a year ago to Third Street, after Vitek Mortgage Group left.
Owner and director Denise Mathieu said, ÒWe have been offering over 50 different world dance and fitness classes over the last two years, including mind and body classes such as yoga and pilates, and martial arts-inspired fitness classes.Ó The dance classes feature many music and cultural styles.
ÒIn our new space, which will open in late September, we will additionally be offering foreign languages such as Mandarin, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Hindi.Ó
Plans are under way to feature wellness seminars in nutrition and mental/emotional health; host parties, conferences and movie screenings; and offer different styles of massage therapy. A store will sell art from around the globe.
For more information, go to http://www.fiestadancenfitness.com, or call (530) 554-4726.
Amazing Tans is open at University Mall. ItÕs on the east side of the center, near Fluffy Donuts. The tanning salonÕs address is 757 Russell Blvd. Call (530) 757-7000 or visit http://www.amazingtans.com. This is DavisÕ second Amazing Tans outlet. ThereÕs also one at 2939 Spafford St., Suite 115, in the Fifth Street Plaza of Mace Ranch.
MemoÕs Barber opened last week at 407 G St., Suite 3, across the parking lot from Valley Wine Company. ItÕs open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. Call (530) 554-0956.
The eyeglass center Optical Phases has changed its name to Eye Max. ItÕs at 718 Second St., near G Street. Call (530) 758-7571.
Cartridge World, a printer cartridge refiller, has moved from its former home on Second Street. Its new address is 130 G St., Suite C. Call (530) 297-7200.
Ñ Wendy Weitzel is a Davis resident. Her column runs occasionally on Sundays, but her Comings & Goings blog at 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@example.com.