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The long-awaited Village Pizza & Grill opened Aug. 26 at 403 G St.
Davis diners are already familiar with Village BakeryÕs excellent pizza and breads. The new eatery builds on that, with salads, grilled items, specialty sandwiches and some Middle Eastern food like kebabs.
For now, itÕs open from 3 to 10 p.m. Its page on Davis Wiki says lunch and breakfast hours will be added soon.
Two longtime Davis restaurants closed in August: Strings Italian CafŽ in The Marketplace, and La
Esperanza Mexican restaurant in University Mall.
Strings had one of the best kids-eat-free programs in town. Readers report there was a note left in the window, saying the restaurant closed because of Òhigh rentÓ and concluded with ÒGood luck, Mr. Landlord.Ó The note was gone by last week. The property is managed by Madison-Marquette Retail Services.
La EsperanzaÕs food had gone downhill of late, longtime customers say. It no doubt suffered, too, when Gottschalks closed and foot traffic declined. At one point, there were two La Esperanzas in town, owned by the same family. The second eatery never quite had the ambiance of the original restaurant in the Terminal Hotel building, which was torn down to make way for the Chen Building.
Also closing is the North Davis Baskin Robbins ice cream shop in Anderson Plaza.
An employee said the storeÕs last day will be Sept. 13.
A new bakery, Let Them Eat Cake, opened at 423 L St. It offers specialty cakes and cupcakes.
At its grand opening Monday, the owners gave away more than 100 free cupcakes and slices of cake. Its menu features six to seven cupcake varieties a day, as well as custom cakes and Òcupcake trees,Ó owner Paulette Coffman said.
Coffman started baking when she was 4 with her Portuguese grandmother. So itÕs logical that her partners in the business are her daughters, Brittany and Chelsea Coffman, both UC Davis students.
The bakery is one of three new businesses in an L Street alleyway that once housed part of L Street Furniture. The screen-printing shop Screaming Squeegee moved there from its former Olive Drive location on Aug. 10, and Aisu Pop, which sells those intriguing popsicles at the Davis FarmersÕ Market, is setting up a storefront there as well.
Cupcakes, starting at $2.75 apiece, are available in vegan and gluten-free. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 to 9 on Fridays, and 9 to 6 on Saturdays. For information, call (530) 750-CAKE (2353).
DavisÕ fourth frozen yogurt shop, Tutti Frutti, opened Aug. 21 in Oak Tree Plaza, next to the Nugget Market on Covell Boulevard.
The self-serve outlet offers 10 flavors at a time, the largest selection of any yogurt store in town. Original tart, vanilla, chocolate and dairy-free orange sherbet are always available, owner Lucy Park said. Its hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.
The storeÕs grand opening is all day Saturday, Oct. 10. The event will feature a 30 percent discount off its regular price of 39 cents per ounce.
This is the first frozen yogurt shop in recent years that is part of a chain. Its headquarters are in Santa Fe Springs. Visit its Web site at http://www.tfyogurt.com.
A fifth frozen yogurt store, Sugarplum, is planned in University Mall. At least five other establishments in town serve yogurt alongside ice cream or other food and drinks.
Cafe MediterranŽe, 113 D St., reopened Aug. 11 following an extensive remodeling that started July 1.
Janet Manukyan, who opened the restaurant in 2001 with her husband, Ashot, says the new roof, carpets, lights, woodwork and air-conditioning system add a lot to the dining experience.
ÒWe did our best, and it really looks good and comfortable,Ó she said. ÒYou can sit there and enjoy.Ó
The owners also used the opportunity to enhance their menu, adding bass to the seafood offerings, some additional grilled vegetable choices, and a new Mediterranean salad.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For information, call (530) 759-7007.
Himalaya Gifts has moved closer to the heart of downtown. Formerly at Second and B streets next to Fast and Easy Mart, it now occupies the spot last held by De Colores, at 713 Second St.
The jewelry and gift shop features imports and handicrafts, many of them from Tibet.
Luxury Outhouse will soon open a storefront next to Armadillo Music on F Street downtown.
The online bath company, based in Davis, Òspecializes in handmade, all-natural body care products and gift sets. We produce customized bath draperies and flower arrangements,Ó its Web site, http://www.luxuryout
A new rental business has started up in town. A Grand Affair does not have a storefront. It operates through its Web site http://www.agrandaffairrental.com, and by phone, at (530) 574-0787.
Owners are Kimo and Amy Bernauer of Davis. Kimo is the former manager at All Star Rents.
Its Web site states, ÒKimo and Amy Bernauer both grew up in Davis, graduated from Davis High School and are raising their four kids here. Most of their extended family lives here as well. They are committed to running a business that makes a positive contribution to the Davis community.Ó
DavisÕ ciocolat has expanded its hours and its menu to offer more than its motto of ÒJust Desserts.Ó Along with lunch starting at 11 a.m., it now serves dinner until 8 p.m.
ItÕs open from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays, and 10 to 10 on Sundays. Lunch and dinner are served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For a menu, go to http://www.ciocolat.com.
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@example.com.