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Trader Joe’s aims for early-November opening

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September 26, 2010 |

Special to The Enterprise

The long-anticipated Trader JoeÕs market is making quick progress. The shelves are being assembled at the University Mall store in Davis, and a sign has gone up saying it is hiring. Ken Hiatt, director of Community Development and Sustainability for the city, said Monday that Trader JoeÕs has Ònot set a firm date yet, and wonÕt until they get a week or two out. But tentatively, they are shooting for first week in November.Ó

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Locals are excited about the new Mexican restaurant that opened in downtown early last week. Tres Hermanas took over the lease at 805 Second St. from Pasta?, an Italian food eatery that recently closed.

Sergio Saenz and Jeff Williamson are the owners. Saenz and his three sisters own several other restaurants, including the popular Tres Hermanas in midtown Sacramento, at 2416 K St.

Saenz leaves that operation to start the Davis restaurant with Williamson, a longtime customer and friend, who also runs a commercial construction company. Saenz has a masterÕs degree in art with an emphasis in photography from Sacramento State, where he teaches part time. He applies some of his art training to food and its presentation.

Tres Hermanas is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays, with breakfast served on weekends. The hours may change later. For more information, call (530) 756-8737.

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A year ago, Blockbuster announced plans to close nearly 1,000 of its poorest-performing stores by the end of 2010 Ñ a move to avoid bankruptcy. In April 2009, it closed its Marketplace store in Davis. But according to published reports, the chainÕs bankruptcy filing on Thursday calls for 500 to 800 additional store closures. Will the downtown Davis store be next?

Signs point that way. The 6,000-square-foot space at Third and F streets is listed for lease on http://www.loopnet.com. The listing says it will be available when the lease expires in August 2011. It mentions Òoutside patio Ñ dining area possible.Ó

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A sign in the window where Strings used to be at The Marketplace says a new restaurant called Rostini is coming soon.

According to a July 6 story by the North Bay Business Journal, Rostini is a new Òfast-casualÓ restaurant chain owned by MaryÕs Pizza Shack. It features the speed of fast food, with higher quality.

ÒCustomers go to a counter to order, receive a number and then have the food delivered to their table,Ó the story said. ÒThe restaurant will utilize some of the familyÕs classic recipes and house a brick oven for roasting pizzas, chicken and vegetables. Plates will average between $8 and $9, compared with MaryÕs average of about $12.50.

The decor is described as ÒItalian hip,Ó the story said.

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DosiRak, a Korean fast food restaurant, opened Sept. 17 in Anderson Plaza. ItÕs at 640 W. Covell Blvd., in the spot last occupied by Baskin-Robbins.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. DosiRak, ÒA lunch box,Ó serves rice bowls and noodle bowls, seaweed rolls and bento-style boxes to eat there or take out. A fun window display of fake food shows what many of the meals look like.

Anderson Plaza now has four Asian food restaurants: Sushi Unlimited (Japanese), Ding How (Mandarin Chinese), Quickly (fast Chinese/Japanese) and DosiRak (fast Korean).

For information, call (530) 757-1734.

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Agave, the Mexican restaurant and tequila bar at 217 E St., changed its name back to SogaÕs in mid-September. The remaining owner is Aamit Chowdhurry.

It is serving a limited bar menu, an employee said. It will release a new, full menu on Oct. 8.

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The store nina and tom, at 129 E St., Suite B1, has changed its name to Haute Again Consignment + Handmade Goods.

ÒI began the consignment section for the store with a single rack last September,Ó said Nina Gatewood, who owns the store with her husband, Tom. ÒIt has grown over the year, and now it is its own business.Ó

The change became effective earlier this month. Nina and tom still sells its T-shirts and other family fashions on Saturdays at the Davis Farmers Market, and on its website, http://www.ninaandtom.com. For information, call (530) 753-7008.

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Monticello Seasonal Cuisine is coming along. ÒJust cleaning up the mess has been a bigger job than we could have possibly imagined,Ó co-owner Rhonda Gruska said.

ÒWe are on location nearly every day, so please feel free to stop by to check out the plans if you are in the Õhood. We are still shooting for opening before Thanksgiving, if at all possible.Ó

ItÕs going in at 630 G St. near the Davis Food Co-Op, in the spot last held by Osaka Sushi.

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Halloween City will open soon in BlockbusterÕs former spot in The Marketplace. The seasonal store, at 1321 W. Covell Blvd., sells Halloween costumes and paraphernalia.

Hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

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A ÒSpace AvailableÓ sign is up in front of the former DennyÕs site on Chiles Road in South Davis. The owner of West DavisÕ Lamppost Pizza had been planning a pizzeria and brewery there.

When I asked Jim Matthews about the sign, he e-mailed with this reply: ÒUpon the advice of my attorney, I canÕt comment on the status of the project.Ó

After DennyÕs, the space was filled briefly by AbeÕs Cafe, then Cafe Casablanca.

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Nestware, a downtown Davis gift shop in the Chen Building on G Street, will make its move to the former James Anthony MenÕs Wear spot on Nov. 1, owner Rosalie Paine said.

Though the new space in the 200 block of F Street will be slightly smaller, it is more visible and has more window space, Paine said. She promises to keep the eclectic blend of wares she describes as Òstuff we like.Ó

ÒItÕs such a mix in here. WeÕll keep the mix, because the mix works,Ó she said.

Paine hopes a restaurant or another local business will take over her current space near Second and G streets. ÒThis is a wonderful space and I hope it fills up quickly,Ó she said.

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]

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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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