Special to The Enterprise
My favorite Japanese restaurant has been closed all week. ThereÕs no note on the door and no one is answering the phone at Osaka Sushi.
The eatery is at 630 G St., next to the Davis Food Co-op. It is listed on a Web site along with the Osaka Sushi in Woodland and Sacramento, and Miyagi Bar & Sushi in Fair Oaks. I called the Woodland restaurant and the host said heÕs been getting a lot of calls from Davis customers, but
unfortunately canÕt answer their questions. He said the Davis owners are no longer affiliated with the other locations. LetÕs hope theyÕre just taking some time off for the holidays.
Hometown Chinese has a Òcoming soonÓ sign posted in Mansion Square. The proprietors recently closed their take-out location inside the South Davis Chevron, at 1601 Research Park Drive.
A posting on DavisWiki.
org says the owners, listed as Steve and Jean Lee, plan to reopen as a full-service restaurant at 132 E St. Òsometime in January.Ó
Before it was at the gas station, Hometown Chinese had a restaurant on Lake Boulevard.
Once it opens, the hours will be Mondays through Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The phone is (530) 758-6188.
On the third floor of Mansion Square, Cobalt Salon & Gallery, a concept salon by David Martin, is being readied. Martin hopes to open it by Feb. 1.
Martin is the former owner of All That Jazz salon in South Davis, also a gallery and often featuring MartinÕs own work. Today, he cuts and colors clientsÕ hair at Salon at Maple Court at 735 H St. Stylist Sharon Jackson owns the salon.
Maple Court lost its lease and will be replaced by LilÕ Bit Sassy, which is moving from 325 G St. effective Feb. 15, according to its page on DavisWiki.org.
The move will be a sort of homecoming for Martin, who started 22 years ago at J. Cunningham and Co. when it was in Mansion Square. It will feature the same stylists as Salon at Maple Court, just a change of hats for the owners. Stylists besides Martin and Jackson are Tenaya Freitas and Cecilia Scott.
Martin hopes to link his gallery with the Davis Art Walk events as well. He wants to host a grand opening art party in the spring or summer.
Fiddlehead Cellars recently opened a tasting room in Davis. The small, boutique winery is based in Santa Barbara County but its administrative office has been at 606 Pe–a Drive, Suite 500, in Davis. It also has a tasting room in Lompoc. It expanded its office warehouse to add the tasting room, according to Natalie Leschuk, office manager. It hosted a grand opening on Dec. 5.
The winery specializes in Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. ItÕs open from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and for special events. Call (530) 756-4550 or go to http://www.fiddleheadcellars.com.
I wanted to use this space to point out a restaurant thatÕs been around since 2005 but is often overlooked. I recently toured Segundo Dining Commons at UC Davis. ItÕs easily DavisÕ largest, most economical all-you-can-eat buffet. ItÕs open to the public, and offers an expansive array of fresh and seasonal selections Ñ none of which resembles dorm food.
ItÕs restaurant-quality, fresh, whole foods, made from scratch and served with flair. Choices abound: vegetarian, vegan, kosher and gluten-free.
Even if you choose one of the more traditional campus cuisines, they come with a healthy, eco-friendly twist. There are grass-fed burgers, and pizzas made with sustainable crust. Fries are sprayed with heart-healthy oil and steamed.
Pasta and Asian stir-fry meals use market-fresh produce, as does the salad bar Ñ the largest in town. And to finish off meals, there are always plenty of fresh-baked treats or soft-serve frozen yogurt.
Much of the food is prepared exhibition-style, which is especially enticing. The meals are ÒplatedÓ with reasonable portions instead of being served buffet style. And itÕs all labeled with nutrition facts, encouraging you to make wise choices.
Chef Andy Burtis said the meals set a standard worldwide in food service. “Really, we are the pre-eminent agricultural school and a leader in sustainability; it’s in keeping with the philosophy of the university.”
Segundo Dining Commons is near the north side of Parking Lot 25 (by the Activities and Recreation Center, off La Rue Road). Meals for the public and UCD staff are: $8.25 and $6.60, respectively, for breakfast; $9.50 and $7.60 for lunch; and $12 and $9.60 for dinner. Parking is $6 for visitors and free on weekends, although the healthy choice would be to bike there.
Ñ Wendy Weitzel is a Davis resident. Her column runs occasionally 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]