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Diner to open; stores to swap sites

By May 15, 2009

Black Bear Diner is tentatively set to open Friday. The restaurant replaces Bakers Square at Second and B streets.

ÒWe are busy getting the restaurant redecorated to our specifications, hiring the employees, and getting everyone trained,Ó co-founder Bruce Dean said. He called it a ÒsoftÓ opening, without advertising or promotion, so Òour staff can learn to handle the volume of a new restaurant.Ó

ThereÕs one good reason to read this column.

The dinner menu features old-fashioned comfort food, from steaks and tri tip, to barbecued ribs, chicken-fried steak, meat loaf, pot roast, chicken pot pie, and spaghetti and meatballs. A wide selection of sandwiches, burgers, soups and salads are offered for lunch. For breakfast, the diner serves egg omelets and scrambles, steak and eggs, pancakes, waffles, French toast and combination plates.

For more information, visit http://blackbeardiner.com.


Teach Your Children is moving downtown. The teacher and educational materials supply store at 1260 Lake Blvd., in Westlake Plaza, is taking the E Street Plaza spot left by Outdoor Davis, at 232 E St.

Speaking of Outdoor Davis, that family outdoor outfitter reopened Thursday at Second and F streets, the former site of SamiraÕs.

The recreation clothing and gear store originated from the Davis-based online retailer Outdoor Kids.

The new, larger space offers more inventory and a wider range of vendors.

Teach Your ChildrenÕs last day in Westlake Plaza will be Saturday. The new store will open at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 26. Owners Loren and Tracy Skinner plan a seventh-year anniversary party from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 30. And a Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 3.

Loren runs the store, which opened in 2002. Tracy is a sixth-grade teacher at North Davis Elementary School.

Loren is excited about the move, which will be good for his business Òand good for the downtown, too.Ó With commercial real estate prices dropping, he was able to make the transition but still pay the same for rent.

ÒIÕm tired of being the best-kept secret in Davis,Ó he said.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, go to http://www.teachyourchildren.net or call (530) 753-2300.


While on a break Tuesday from jury duty, I noticed Capital Saloon & Grill is open in Woodland.

The restaurant started serving customers on May 3, a hostess said. It fills the ground floor of the 140-year-old Capital Hotel building at First and Main streets.

The restaurant is a classic American steakhouse, with comfort good and grilled fare. Proprietors are Frank and Suzette Stephenson, who have owned BoarÕs Breath Restaurant & Bar in Lake County for 14 years. When I spoke with them a few months ago, they said they planned to move to Woodland.


Also in Woodland, In-N-Out Burger opened earlier this month in the Woodland Gateway center. It is off Road 102, near Interstate 5.


Videos to Go is having a going-out-of-business sale. It plans to close May 31, clerk Eric Brodberg said.

The store is in the Davis Manor shopping center, at 1770 E. Eighth St. It has been in business for 26 years, with three different owners, manager Brenda Hernandez said.


A Verizon Wireless Store opened earlier this month at 1520 Covell Blvd., next to Nugget Market. It fills the spot left by Curves.

Ñ Wendy Weitzel is a Davis resident. Her column runs about twice a month on Sundays, but her Comings & Goings blog at www.davisenterprise.com is frequently updated. 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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