Wednesday, September 3, 2014

2014 forecast: Barbecue, burgers, Asian


From page A9 | January 05, 2014 |

El Mariachi, a popular Mexican eatery at G and Fourth streets, closed on Tuesday. It will be replaced by Tako Korean BBQ, which serves Korean/Mexican fusion food, and has a restaurant at 3030 T St. in Midtown Sacramento.

The El Mariachi owner told customers and his former landlord that he plans to provide some mobile meals in the future, including at the Davis Farmers Market’s Picnic in the Park starting this spring.


Davis Awards & Watchworks will close on Jan. 31, but a new, similar store will open soon after in North Davis, owner Andy Rathbone said. He said his assistant of nine years will be continuing the tradition, but he didn’t name the person or address.

The downtown store, at 716 Second St., offers trophies, plaques and awards; sells and repairs watches, and does other engraving.

“There won’t be a void from my closing of Davis Awards & Watchworks, nor will there even be an interruption of services, as there are arrangements being made so the tradition of fine awards and recognition products will continue without interruption for my 20-year established customer base,” he wrote in an email.

“For all practical purposes, there won’t be any time gap from when this location closes and the next location, to be announced soon in North Davis, is open and ready to go,” he said. “I’ll fill you in on more of the details as they are refined.”


Meanwhile, Paul Bennick of Action Signs sent me a note that his store just added engraving equipment last week. “Aside from the standard engraved products, we will be creating ADA/Braille signs, which are required in all new public buildings,” Bennick wrote.

Action Signs has been in Davis since 1993, and moved to its current site at 1949 Fifth St., Suite 109, behind the DMV, in the spring of 2012.


I got a Facebook tip that a Huku Japanese Bistro is advertising in a calendar and listing itself as being in the El Macero Shopping Center. I’ll let you know when I get more information.


The new Carl’s Jr. at 1701 Cowell Blvd. will open later this month, with a tentative date of Friday, Jan. 17, according to general manager Beatriz Angulo.

Angulo, the manager at Covell Boulevard/Pole Line Road restaurant, will transfer to the new store. It will be the second full-service Carl’s Jr. in Davis, but the only one with a drive-through. A third is in the Silo at UC Davis.

Like the Covell eatery, it will include a Green Burrito menu. The new restaurant is in the former Wendy’s location.


Krush Burger most likely will open the first week of February, owner Davin Vculek said Thursday by email, but noted that nothing is concrete just yet.

It’s in The Marketplace, on West Covell Boulevard at Sycamore Lane, filling the spot last occupied by Rostini Italian Kitchen. The Davis location will feature “our famous Mini Burgers, combined with 12 microbrews on tap,” he said.


Pete Richards, owner of Davis Gold and Silver Exchange, 330 G St., Suite H, is phasing into retirement.

Store hours have been limited. “During the holidays, the store will be open by appointment only,” a sign on the door states. He told another Enterprise columnist that he planned to close the store after more than three decades. It features coins, collectibles, jewelry and postcards. Call 530-758-1334.


A couple of doors down, at 820 Fourth St., Cork It Again wine seller has a “Coming Soon” sign in its window.


Ramen Hook’s owner Jaejim Kim said she hopes to have the new University Mall restaurant open by mid-February.

She owns the eatery with her husband. It will feature ramen dishes — mostly Japanese soups. They also own Sushi Hook on Howe Avenue in Sacramento.


Dickey’s Barbecue Pit owner James Domsic hopes to get the OK from the city this week to begin construction. It could open as early as late February if all goes well.

The Texas-style barbecue restaurant will fill the former McDonald’s Express space at 640 W. Covell Blvd., Suite D, in Anderson Plaza.


Also, look for Sweet and Shavery, a new Italian shave ice dessert store at 210 E St., to open soon. It will serve Italian ice, frozen custard and crepes.


Kaia F.I.T. Davis, a women’s boot camp, is set to open its new downtown location, at 912 Fifth St., on Monday.

It offers functional intense training and clean-eating regimens.

— Wendy Weitzel is a freelance writer and editor in Davis. Her column publishes on most Sundays. Her Comings & Goings Facebook page has frequent updates. If you know about a business coming or going in the area, contact Wendy at



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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