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Trying to ‘bring back the class’

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October 16, 2009 |

Special to The Enterprise

Following a bar fight Sept. 13 that ended in gunfire, 21-Seven Bar & Grill by Chaat Cafe has closed. The former SogaÕs spot at 217 E St. re-emerged Oct. 9 as Agave Restaurant & Tequila Bar.

Although it served Indian food, 21-Seven was most popular for its hip-hop night club. A fight at about 1 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, ended with several shots being fired but no injuries.

This is the second time the bar has made changes to discourage what are considered out-of-town troublemakers. That was the talk when then-owner Jay Mundy changed it from SogaÕs to an Indian Chaat Cafe last November.

This time, lead partner Aamit Chowdhurry bought out Mundy and looked to a friend to change the restaurantÕs image. Adrian Blanco, manager of DeLuna Jewelers down the street, helped Chowdhurry brainstorm.

ÒWe had a vision to bring back the class E Street used to have,Ó Blanco said, referring to when Matt Soga owned the restaurant and BogeyÕs Books was still open.

Chowdhurry and Blanco worked with tequila consultant Joe Horrigan to develop a new concept, Blanco said.

The new restaurant features Latin fusion food, or Mexican food with an upscale twist, said Horrigan, who runs the bar. Two menu items use tequila Ñ the agave tequila tacos appetizer and the steak tequila fajitas. Entrees include chicken or steak with potatoes, rice and grilled veggies; Mexican meatloaf; and salmon with spicy tomato sauce.

Agave runs differently than 21-Seven, Blanco said. The bar has a lounge style that encourages interaction, and music volume that accommodates chatting, not dancing.

The tequila bar features what Horrigan calls high-end drinks at decent prices. Margaritas with agave tequila and fresh-squeezed limes start at $6.

The restaurant opens daily at 2 p.m. It closes at midnight Mondays through Wednesdays, but will stay open until 2 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, depending on demand. ItÕs closed Sundays.

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Some work is under way at South DavisÕ Oak Shade Plaza for a new seafood restaurant where Fins was. MermaidÕs Seafood & Grill has a notice posted in the window. An outdated Web page at http://www.mermaidseafoodandgrill.com says it expected to open its Davis restaurant last month. The phone number listed for its former Vacaville site is out of service.

An online menu of the Vacaville location lists casual, family-friendly choices, many of them battered and fried. Soups, salads, fish tacos, crab cakes, and steamed mussels and clams are on the menu as well.

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Tea list, Òa tea room and fine tea shop,Ó opened Aug. 31 at 222 D St., Suite 3, behind Antiques Plus.

“We are now serving the Davis community with a large selection of teas and tisanes (herbal teas) to please the enthusiast and casual drinker alike,” a mailer states.

ÒOur focus is on a specially selected list of high quality organic teas that can be paired with sandwiches, salads and pastries,Ó its Web site, http://tea-list.com, states.

Its hours are: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Afternoon teas begin at 2 p.m., 1 p.m. on Sundays. Call (530) 750-2700 or visit http://www.tea-list.com. It offers catering, parties and kidsÕ afternoon teas.

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A sign has just gone up at the Woodland Gateway mall that a Red Robin restaurant is coming soon. Red Robin is a popular family eatery with lots of Ògourmet burgers.Ó The closest Red Robin restaurants are in Fairfield, Citrus Heights and Elk Grove.

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Rock Band University opened in a warehouse space at 720 Olive Drive, Space H. Mike Clements and Evan Daly taught the city of DavisÕ youth rock band camps over the summer. The business also includes their friend Sandy Thai.

They Òstarted the business to serve kids who wanted to continue but lost practice space with the closing of Third & B,Ó said DalyÕs mother, Sharla Cheney. It is open to youths ages 10-18 who know the basic chords of their rock band instruments.

It Òis dedicated to teaching people how to perform in a band and live on stage,Ó its Web site, http://www.rockbanduniversity.com, states. It matches students with others of similar skill sets to form a band. The end of each six-week session culminates with a concert.

The universityÕs first fall session will host a free Halloween concert beginning at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at the VeteransÕ Memorial Center. Six bands will perform. The next session begins Nov. 8. Go to the Web site or phone (530) 400-0605 for more information.

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ThereÕs lots of change at University Mall, and not all for the better.

– Planet Beach tanning salon has closed.

– The upcoming Sugar Plum frozen yogurt shop is still making improvements to the site last occupied by Ritz Camera.

– No word on a timeline for the fashion store Forever 21, which is planned for the former Gottschalks site. A mall spokeswoman has not returned repeated requests for information.

– Sylvan Learning Center is closing. Its last day for instruction was Saturday. The corporate-operated center is one of several in the Sacramento area that is closing, Enterprise advertising representative Debbie Kennedy was told.

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Davis Learning Center opens Nov. 2 at 630 Pena Drive, Suite 700. The owner is Gayna Guidici. An open house is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1.

Guidici said DLC is a traditional tutoring center with academic and homework support.

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The Pet Pantry is closing for economic reasons. The pet store, at 417 Mace Blvd., Suite E, in the El Macero Shopping Center, is liquidating its inventory. It is an independent retailer that specializes in healthy, natural pet treats and eco-friendly accessories.

Its last day will be determined by supplies, but will definitely be by the end of the month, cashier Megan Berwick said.

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Chamonix Coffee has closed. The coffee and pastry shop, at 620 Covell Blvd. in Anderson Plaza, likely closed late last month.

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EVO2 Stores, a new Verizon retail store, has taken the former AT&T Wireless spot in Davis Commons at 500 First St., Suite 10. AT&T moved to a new building at 140 F St.

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 wendyedit@gmail.com

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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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