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Queen Sheba to serve up Ethiopian food

By May 7, 2010

Special to The Enterprise

ItÕs Ethiopian food thatÕs going into the old Pita Pit spot at 213 E St. Queen Sheba, which got a good review in last SundayÕs Sacramento Bee for its restaurant at 1704 Broadway in Sacramento, is coming this month.

I spoke with owner Zion Taddese on Tuesday. She said customers have been asking her for years to open a Davis restaurant. ItÕs no wonder. ItÕs popular for its vegetarian and vegan lunch buffet. Its full menu includes plenty of meat dishes, and offers beer and wine, including Ethiopian honey wine.

Taddese hopes to open the restaurant by the middle of this month, possibly the 15th.

According to the restaurantÕs website, ÒEthiopian food is more communal than almost any other type of ethnic food. The hallmark of Ethiopian cuisine consists of sharing food on one giant plate and using enjeera Ñ a spongy, sour, pliable flat bread Ñ to scoop up the various shared dishes.Ó

The food is described as exotic, complex and sometimes spicy. Combination plates may include Gomen, a spinach and collards side, or Misr Kik Wot, a stew of lentils and spices. Other popular dishes are the chili-like chicken and egg Doro Wot, or its beef counterpart, Gored Gored, served on a bed of simmered vegetables. It and many other items feature the Ethiopian spice mixture berbere and/or an herbed butter that, much like Indian ghee, takes more than an hour to prepare.

For more information, go to http://www.queenshebas.com.

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Taste of Thai opened April 29 at 301 G St., the former site of Noodle Express.

Husband-and-wife owners Vitavat Lumpongpoung and Duangthida Sahatranseekul have other restaurants of the same name in Sacramento, Natomas and Roseville.

The menu offers a wide variety, including soups, salads, stir-fries, curries, seafood, noodle and rice dishes, with lunch specials as well.

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Tacos & Beer opened last month at 715 Second St. The eatery fills the former TogoÕs location.

The Mexican food restaurant and bar has a small menu that serves (obviously) tacos as well as burritos, quesadillas, taco salads, tostadas and nachos. A meat plate, with choices like carnitas, barbacoa or chicken, is served with rice and beans. ThereÕs a chips-and-salsa bar and machines that provide a constant supply of fresh corn and flour tortillas.

The owners, brothers Joe, Antonio and Oscar Romero, also have interest in La Fogata at Fourth and Main streets in Woodland. The Woodland restaurant, open since 1971, is owned by their whole family, including two more brothers.

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Procter & Gamble Co. has signed a deal to buy the Davis pet food company Natura Pet Products Inc.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed in WednesdayÕs release, according to The Associated Press. Procter & Gamble hopes to close the deal in about a month.

Natura, whose brands include Innova, Evo, Healthwise and Karma, sells its products mostly at specialty pet stores and through veterinarians in the U.S. and Canada. The privately held companyÕs headquarters are at 330 Madson Place, just off Fifth Street in Davis.

Procter & Gamble said the acquisition gives it access to the holistic and naturals pet food segment, which will complement its existing Iams and Eukanuba brands.

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For eight years, Diana Mahoney of Davis has relied on word-of-mouth to keep her interior design business busy. This year, sheÕs finally put a brand on it and started a website for The Design Partner.

She handles home redesigns, helps clients improve their use of space, ÒstagesÓ homes for resale, and offers color consultation, her website states.

Mahoney, who contributes home design features and blogs for Davis Life Magazine, has a bachelorÕs degree in home economics with an emphasis in clothing and textiles from San Francisco State University. Reach her at (530) 304-9070 or visit http://www.thedesignpartner.com.

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Recovery Happens Counseling Services opened Thursday at 204 F St., Suite E. The program, directed by Jon Daily, LCSW, CADC II, specializes in the outpatient treatment of adolescents and young adults for alcohol and drug abuse.

Recovery Happens has treated families in the region for 15 years, out of a Fair Oaks office.

ÒIn addition to treating the individuals and their families, we hope to provide parent nights (and) in-services to people working with teens and young adults, as well as trainings and consultation,Ó Daily said.

For more information, go to http://www.recoveryhappens.com or contact Daily at (916) 276-0626.

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Farmer Veteran Coalition, a project of the nonprofit Community Partners, has leased new office space at 508 Second St., Suite 206.

The Farmer Veteran Coalition mobilizes the food and farming community to create healthy and viable futures for AmericaÕs veterans, according to a news release from Davis Commercial Properties, which handled the lease. FWC Òprocures employment, training and places to heal on AmericaÕs farms for returning veterans.Ó

For more information, visit http://www.farmvetco.org.

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 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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