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Adiós to Aioli — for now

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March 4, 2011 | 3 Comments

Aioli Bodega Española closed on Valentine’s Day. The Spanish food and tapas restaurant was at 808 Second St. Owner Reda Bellarbi still maintains his original restaurant in Midtown Sacramento, at 1800 L St.

Bellarbi’s son, Aziz Bellarbi-Salah, said the Davis Aioli was “doing pretty well.” His dad didn’t want to leave, but the lease was not renewed. He said Davis City Councilwoman Sue Greenwald has contacted them, suggesting other Davis sites for Aioli. He said his dad is “waiting for a location that speaks to him.”

In Aioli’s place is coming Our House restaurant and lounge by proprietors Charlie Swanson and Jon Sanchez. Swanson, owner of The Graduate, is married to City Councilwoman Rochelle Swanson. Sanchez and his wife, Cary Arnold, are Davis real estate agents.

According to a news release from Davis Commercial Properties, which handled the lease, the team is “perfecting a concept and menu of great food, the best cocktails, an awesome wine list, and a place where you can always go to be with friends.” The owners hope to have it open in about three months.

For information, go to its Facebook page.

Forever 21 officials are looking toward an April opening, according to Katherine Hess, city community development administrator.

Building improvements are still under way in University Mall on Russell Boulevard. The trendy, inexpensive women’s clothing store will fill 38,418 square feet, encompassing the former Gottschalks site as well as the lobby outside Starbucks.

Davis Creamery, also home to Cupcake Craving and Cookie Connection, is moving from South Davis to downtown, effective in May. The owner has leased a space at 113 E St., in The Lofts, last occupied by Yogurt Shack.

It will serve ice cream, cookies and cupcakes. Once it moves, plans are to be open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m., according to a news release from Davis Commercial Properties, which handled the lease.

There’s a sign up at 231 G St., Suite 8, that says Roots Fair Trade is coming this spring. The space was last occupied by Next G Wireless, which closed several months ago.

According to its Facebook page, Roots Fair Trade “specializes in fairly traded handcrafts from around the world.” The owner hopes to open it later this month or in early April.

Speaking of previous closings, Papa John’s Pizza closed, apparently in May. It was at 662 G St., in the G Street Shopping Center.

The Blockbuster video store at Third and F streets stopped offering rentals on Feb. 23. It’s having a liquidation sale through April 10, the day scheduled for closure, an employee said. The chain filed for bankruptcy in September. The other Davis Blockbuster store, in The Marketplace, closed in April 2009.

Stonegate Video, at 1260 Lake Blvd., Suite 121, in Westlake Plaza, will soon be the last remaining traditional video store in Davis. As reported earlier, 49er Video, at 606 W. Covell Blvd. in Anderson Plaza, closes at the end of this month. It will continue to rent videos until about March 18, an employee said Thursday.

Meanwhile, Redbox, the automated video rental machines, have been installed outside the CVS stores in The Marketplace and Oak Tree Plaza. In town, Redbox has machines at Save Mart, 7-Eleven and Circle K. There are also automated video machines inside each of the Davis Nugget Markets.

The Davis Beer Shoppe has signs up at 211 G St. Construction is well under way on the interior as well. The sign calls it a beer store and tasting room.

The new Mishka’s Café opened on Presidents Day, Feb. 21, at 610 Second St. The coffeehouse moved down the street from its longtime spot at 514-B Second St.

The Craft of Fo’ Paws pet grooming has moved to 240 G St., to a building in the gravel yard of Davis Ace Hardware. For information, call (530) 756-4400. It lost its lease at 735 H St., Suite A.

— Wendy Weitzel is a Davis resident. Her column runs at least once a month in The Enterprise’s print edition, but the Comings & Goings Facebook page and Enterprise blog feature more frequent updates. If you know about a business coming or going in the area, contact her at wendyedit@gmail.com.

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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  • laurie rollinsMarch 04, 2011 - 3:24 pm

    What is wrong with these landlords???? First Noodle Express, now Aioli and Fo' Paws? sheesh.

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  • Heidy KellisonMarch 06, 2011 - 10:16 am

    I agree with the previous comment. Aioli's and Fo Paws are terrific businesses and should be treated better. Aioli even made very expensive upgrades to the site that cannot be moved, like murals. I hope they find a way to stay in Davis.

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  • Wendy WeitzelMarch 09, 2011 - 10:14 am

    Michael Bisch of Davis Commercial Properties sent me this response: "Aioli’s was floundering. Bellarbi was offered a lease extension on the same terms and conditions, but he refused to extend. Not only that, he caused quite a bit of damage to the space ... I don’t (know) why he told you anything to the contrary. Councilwoman Greenwald playing leasing agent is rather pointless. Bellarbi has no interest in opening another Davis location."

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