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Comings & Goings: Change in the wind at Café Mediterranee

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Café Mediterranee, the Middle Eastern restaurant at 113 D St., is closing at the end of the month.

A new owner, Kitchen Counter LLC, will take over in November. According to the liquor license change notice posted in the window, the new name will be Wind of Change. I’ll let you know when I get more details.

Owners Ashot and Janet Manukyan posted a sign at the cash register: “Thank you very much for 12 years of faithful patronage. We have enjoyed sharing our food and culture with each of you. But, as of October 31, 2013, Café Mediterranee will change ownership. Thank you for your support, and we wish all our customers all the best!”

The restaurant was in the news last year when a former female employee brought sexual assault charges against Ashot Manukyan. In September 2012, he was sentenced in Yolo County Superior Court to three years of probation, 480 hours of community service and a minimum of 16 weeks of counseling after pleading no contest to misdemeanor false imprisonment, according to Enterprise reports.

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Tutti Frutti closed last Sunday. The self-serve frozen yogurt store, which opened in 2009 and changed ownership in late 2010, was at 1520 E. Covell Blvd., next to Nugget Market.

With new stores like Yogurtland and now CREAM, the competition is getting tough in the frozen treat world.

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Pet Food Express opens on Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the Oakshade Town Center, 2171 Cowell Blvd. It is joining with Common Grounds Coffee and Mr. Pickle’s Sandwich Shop for a grand opening (and re-opening) event the weekend of Oct. 26-27.

Regular hours at Pet Food Express are 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. On Saturday, Oct. 26, it will open a half-hour early.

“We are planning a ‘fair’ type atmosphere for the grand opening, complete with live local bands in the plaza near Common Grounds,” a news release said. Tillman the Skateboarding Bulldog will put on shows both days in the parking lot.

The fair includes free pet washes for any pets (pigs and goats included, apparently), store discounts and giveaways. Like most weekends, the store will have pet adoption groups on hand with animals.

Pet Food Express is a Bay Area chain with 47 stores. It has donated more than $1.5 million to pet rescues, shelters and pet-related programs, the news release said. It emphasizes “the highest pet food standards in the industry,” and excludes products that don’t meet its standards. It was named “Best Place to Work” by the Bay Area News Group, four years in a row.

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Café 110 is finally open to the public. The restaurant, on the ground floor of the Hallmark Inn at 110 F St., has been serving breakfast to hotel guests since July. Last month, Seasons Restaurant chef and owner Tamas Torok took it over, opening it to the public this month.

Torok expanded the menu, adding lunch. It features sandwiches like grilled cheese, salads and soups. Breakfast items, desserts and pastries are available as well. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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According to its website, The Melt and its “Grilled Cheese Happiness” will open in November, at 500 First St., in Davis Commons. It fills the former Ben & Jerry’s space.

Its menu features five grilled cheese sandwiches, four soups and two salads. There are also combos, breakfast items and desserts.

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Cooks Collision recently purchased four auto body shops owned by the Hayes Brothers, including Davis Auto Body at 5041 Chiles Road. The merger took effect Sept. 23. Cooks’ other Davis location is at 1665 Research Park Drive.

Nathan Wendt, manager of both Davis locations, said Cooks now has 33 locations in California, 27 in the north state and six in Southern Cal. The three other Hayes Brothers shops that it acquired include one in Elk Grove and two in Sacramento.

Cooks kept all of the Davis Auto Body employees, Wendt said, though some were transferred to the Research Park Drive site. The phone number stayed the same.

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Preeti Girl, the fashion and accessories boutique at 200 E St., is back open. It closed temporarily for remodeling.

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As I reported earlier, T.J.Maxx’s new Davis store will open next Sunday, Oct. 20, at 4621 Second St., next to Target.

Opening-day hours will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The first 1,000 customers will receive reusable bags. Regular hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays.

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Construction is underway on the new Carl’s Jr. restaurant, which will replace the former Wendy’s at 1701 Cowell Blvd. The owner hopes to open it by early 2014.

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Across the Causeway: Fans of the upscale McCormick & Schmick’s seafood restaurant at 1111 J St. in downtown Sacramento will be sad to learn that it closed on Monday. According to published reports, another chain eatery, Claim Jumper, will replace it. Claim Jumper specializes in monster portions of comfort food — at more family-friendly prices.

Meanwhile, Davis-based Dos Coyotes plans to add another location, this one in downtown Sacramento, at 15th and R streets.

Wendy Weitzel is a freelance writer and editor in Davis. Her column runs on most Sundays, but her Comings & Goings Facebook page has frequent updates. 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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