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Baja Fresh closes as Luigi’s and Zindagi emerge

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From page A6 | January 15, 2012 | 2 Comments

Davis’ E Street scene continues to blossom with two new restaurants likely opening this week.

Luigi’s, at 213 E St., will open Tuesday, giving out free pizza slices from noon to 3 p.m.

Construction manager Shawn Eldredge, who also handled the Davis de Vere’s project, said the Luigi’s concept is “like an Italian Chipotle,” with its pasta bar. The restaurant features pizzas by the pie or the slice, as well as ready-made salads and traditional dishes like lasagna.

Downstairs, there is additional seating, a stage, and sound equipment for its all-ages music space called the Fungarden. “It’s truly an underground music venue,” Eldredge said.

Longtime Davis residents will always refer to the site as the home of original Discoveries gift shop.

Next door, the manager of Zindagi Indian Bistro hopes to open Monday as well. General Manager Sahand Chini said Thursday that he’s waiting for the green light from city inspectors.

The space is Suite C of the same building as Luigi’s, in what formerly was Queen of Sheeba and Pita Pit before that.

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The Baja Fresh at 237 D St., at Third Street, has closed. The Mexican fast-food restaurant was next to the downtown Davis post office, also scheduled for closure. The eatery just opened in December 2010.

I received this email from Diana Garcia of the Baja Fresh corporate office on Monday:

“The Baja Fresh you are inquiring about is a member of our franchise community. In order to focus on growth during a time of economic downturn, the franchisee has chosen to close this restaurant. There are no immediate plans to open another restaurant in this area.”

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Pho King IV will soon replace Orange Hut at 226 Third St. in Davis, near the university. There is a Pho King 2 on Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento. I spoke with a family member at that restaurant on Thursday. He said they are waiting for inspections, and hope to open at the beginning of February.

The Sacramento location specializes in Bun Bo Hue, a spicy beef noodle soup.

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A new Davis Flea Market will debut from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Log Cabin Gallery at First and F streets in downtown Davis. It will continue on the last Sunday of every month. The first event will be at the gallery. If it grows, it may migrate to Central Park.

Organizer Lauren Norton said this on its Facebook page: “The Davis Flea Market is a once-monthly affair that brings together members of the community in the spirit of commerce and camaraderie. It is a nonprofit-driven social enterprise, promoting sustainability and opportunity. Each month, residents of Davis are invited to apply for a stand at the market where they can sell used books, CDs, furniture, clothing, knickknacks, toys, arts and crafts, and electronics.”

She continued, “We want to divert your clutter from the landfill and into the hands of new owners! The Davis Flea (Market) will be a place for students, families and professionals, where we can hone our haggling skills, drink hot chocolate, meet friends and listen to live music. It’s like the Farmers Market, but for those of us who produce more clutter than cantaloupe.”

To apply for a table, go to https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dElVZm5KaVdURHFDbVMySHpnbFVPRmc6MQ

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Jason Dayne, owner and designer of Jeeba Jewelry Studio, is vacationing in Australia with family. The extended trip was booked before he took over the space this fall at 712 Third St., next to Bistro 33.

So since Dec. 19 and through the end of February, two other local jewelry designers — Robina D. Slizeski of Pavone Designs and Lisa Hempel of TOPO Jewelry — are selling their beadwork at the store.

To simplify his vacation, Dayne decided to shut down his operation and delay filling any orders on his website, www.jeeba.com, until he returns, Slizeski said. Because of this, the women are not selling his jewelry at the storefront during the interim, although the Jeeba sign will stay. They might even add additional vendors.

I’ve purchased a couple of beaded necklaces over the years from Slizeski, who is a regular vendor at the Davis Art Center Holiday Sale. She sells beautiful, reasonably priced designs that always garner compliments.

Meanwhile, Slizeski said she gets questions daily about the watch repairman, David Lazzari, who worked out of the same space for many years. As I reported earlier, he retired.

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The Davis Downtown Business Association is coordinating its first Dine Out Davis event. It will run Friday, Jan. 27, through Valentine’s day, Tuesday, Feb. 14. The idea is to bring people downtown during what is traditionally a slower season, said Nina Gatewood of DDBA.

It’s modeled after the popular Sacramento Dine Downtown restaurant week, which this year runs through Wednesday.

At the Sacramento event, and, later, at participating Davis restaurants, there will be a special menu offered with three courses for $30 per person.

Downtown eateries have until Friday, Jan. 20, to join in the promotion. For updates, go to www.davisdowntown.com.

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Island Barber Spa at 331 D St. in Davis closed temporarily at the end of December.

“We will reopen after the first of the year with a new location, which will be announced,” owner Robin Graham wrote on his website, www.islandbarberandspa.com. “We apologize for the inconvenience and we appreciate your business.”

For more information on the barber, which specializes in old-fashioned shaves, call (916) 544-9494.

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Open Rice Kitchen, an Asian fusion restaurant going in at 204 G St. in Davis, should open in about a month, owner Calvin Liu said Thursday.

— 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. Comings & Goings is also on Facebook. If you know about a business coming or going in the area, contact Wendy 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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  • RobertJanuary 20, 2012 - 9:48 pm

    Great blog! Do you know of others in the central valley? Thx!

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  • Rusty CoveyJanuary 26, 2012 - 9:19 am

    Another business closes, I believe could have been prevented. I have worked with over 45 businesses in 4 states, the bigest problem has to do with management being too involved in the operation of the business and not enough outside involvement. Along with this I have seen management repeating the same practices with tiny changes to the operation. I went to work for a Wendys Franchiase as a Co-Manager, a 38 year old Franchiase, who by the way was taken over by another 20 year old franchiase and having the 2nd busiest Wndys in the Nation. I come along and within a couple of months show them a better and safer way to filter their oil and made some simple changes to the lay out of the makeline to speed up production. Owners and managers lack the ability to solve problems before bottleneck situation develope, they lack the ability to be creative to solve situations in the business. When something isn't working or doing that great, management has to see the problem and have the confidence to take the risk in order to save a business. Rick the supervisor at Wendys was scatching his head, unable to understand how I was able to change many things allowing the business to run smoother, in return customers were satisfied with service and quality of their product. Creative thinking isn't in many business plans when a person decides to open a business. Companies and business owners make it too difficult for managers to make a bonus. "Your salary is $45, 000 a year and your bonus can be another $15 to &20, 000 more on top of your salary." Today, companys require managers to perform on an imaginary level of expectation resulting in a manager developing poor moral. I have seen this many times. A manager shared with me how he made a bonus based on hard work. then an investment firm took it over changing how he got his bonus. This manager had great skills, except now he could only depend on his salary to survive. This is a big problem in America, companys are saving millions by not rewarding managers for doing a good job. A manager has to get a certain % on many different things, and I can tell you these things were difficult for me to acheive.

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