Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Coffee and shawarma scene heating up

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YoloBerry Yogurt has a new food truck to bring its popular frozen yogurt around Davis — and beyond. Courtesy photo

From page A7 | August 10, 2014 |

I have confirmed that Temple Fine Coffee and Tea is coming to downtown Davis. CEO Sean Kohmescher said they’ve been “working on a space for a year and a half,” but he wants to keep the details a surprise.

Although he and the developer would not officially confirm a location, all clues point to the building planned for Third and G streets. That could be ready as soon as March, developer Anthony Ruebner said recently, a month also mentioned by Kohmescher.

On Tuesday, Kohmescher said, “There’s a whole building being redone.” In last week’s column, Ruebner referred to “a major regional tenant” for a 1,600-square-foot space in that new building. Temple’s Davis space will be about that size.

Temple specializes in coffees with a rating of 90 or higher on a 100-point scale. It earned the highest-scoring coffee in the world in December by Coffee Review, with a 96-point Ethiopian Yirgacheffe ECX.

Temple’s Facebook page describes it as “a coffee-centric, quality-focused, retail and wholesale purveyor.” Sacramentans have named it Best Coffeehouse every year since it first opened in 2005. It has three Sacramento locations: downtown at 1010 Ninth St.; Midtown at 2829 S St. (with its Roasterie in back); and Arden Arcade, 2600 Fair Oaks Blvd., Suite 101.

Kohmescher said the Davis market “hasn’t been touched as far as what we do in the coffee and tea industry.” The Davis café will have more offerings than its Sacramento stores, with some “exciting surprises” that he wouldn’t disclose. He’s happy to come to Davis because Temple already has “such a huge customer base from that area.”

The Sacramento coffeehouses offer several nitrogenated coffees, cold brews served from a nitro keg, with the creamy head that looks like a Guinness. It also specializes in “pour-overs,” where premium coffee is brewed and served by the cup. There are signature espresso beverages, and Bliss and Enlightenment teas.

“The coffee scene has just blown up; it’s giant,” Kohmescher said.

Although some may compare it to Old Soul Co., another Sacramento coffeehouse planned for Davis (at the former Little Prague site at 330 G St.), Kohmescher says the two are very different. Old Soul would be a full café with alcohol, wine and sandwiches. “All we do is coffee and tea,” and a few pastries, he said.

Meanwhile, Old Soul’s owners are still negotiating on the lease of the Little Prague space, which would be less than a block away from Temple. Co-owner Tim Jordan said in a text message on Thursday that there have been some complications, but the deal is “not dead.”


ChickPeas, a Middle Eastern, healthy fast-food restaurant, is replacing DOSiRAK in the old Baskin-Robbins space in the Anderson Plaza. It’s at 640 W. Covell Blvd., Suite A.

Its website, http://www.gochickpeas.com, says it’s “your destination for healthy and delicious to-go edible delights.” Its Facebook page on July 31 estimated a soft opening for Friday, Aug. 15.

The menu includes falafel, shawarma, schnitzel, salads, hummus plates, fries, and rice and beans.


Samir Abughannam, owner of Sam’s Mediterranean Cuisine at 247 Third St., just took over the lease next door, where ciocolat had its storefront. Ciocolat continues as a catering and custom cake business. That historic house is on the corner of Third and B, at 301 B St.

Abughannam said he’s still deciding how to proceed, whether he will keep both restaurant locations, or just the new one. He still has three years left on his current lease. The B Street house has four years left. And he wasn’t prepared Thursday to share ideas about a second location, since he’s still checking what changes are allowed.


YoloBerry Yogurt has a new mobile food truck. I remember owner Lee Pflugrath telling me in 2008 — when the store opened — about requests to bring yogurt to events and fundraisers. The shop is at 316 C St., across from Central Park.

Pflugrath also plans to open its second location, another self-serve yogurt shop in another University of California town: Berkeley. It will be at 2114 Shattuck Ave., between the university and Berkeley High School.


Down the block at Third and C streets, Burgers & Brew is expanding, taking a couple of parking spaces on Third and building a new covered dining patio, approved by the city in February.


Volleys Tennis Shop moved down the street to 231 G St., Suite 4, in Court ’N Cedar. The spot, which is temporary, is the former home of Drom’s Comics & Cards. Early next month, it will fill the Christian Science Reading Room’s Suite 5. The reading room moves to Woodland at the end of this month.

The moves allow Volleys to expand its inventory, and makes room in its old space on G Street, near Subway, for the incoming Vampire Penguin (shaved snow).


The Burger King at 403 Mace Blvd. may get some updates, according to property manager Mark Engstrom.

“They are interested in remodeling their building,” Engstrom said Wednesday. “I’m not a fan of the blue roof.” The fast-food restaurant has 10 years left on its lease.

Engstrom Properties, which manages the El Macero Shopping Center, also is in discussion with a prospective tenant for the last vacant space in the center. The negotiations are with an independent service provider.


Molly Feeney, the owner of Just Paws Training, signed a lease last week for a space at 630 Peña Drive, Suite 200, in Davis, near FIT House.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer our unique puppy and adolescent dog classes to all the families, starting out with their new four-legged furry friends,” Feeney wrote in an email. “Our classes are kicking off straight away, and I want to make sure everyone feels welcome with ‘open paws’ to come join us.”

Just Paws focuses on positive, practical and persistent training of puppies 9 to 18 weeks old. “Early socialization is the key to a well-balanced companion,” says its website, www.justpawstraining.com. Just Paws offers small, group classes with instruction on off-leash socialization, basic manners and commands.

Classes include Puppy Elementary, Junior High, Continued Ed (for adolescents or newly adopted dogs) and Puppy Play. Private house calls are available.

— Wendy Weitzel is a freelance writer and editor in Davis. Her column publishes on Sundays. Throughout the week, watch her Comings & Goings Facebook page. If you know about a business coming or going in the area, contact Wendy at [email protected].



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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