Friday, August 29, 2014

Hoa Viet closes; Deli, grilled cheese and ice cream sandwiches coming soon


From page A6 | August 25, 2013 |

Pho Bac Hoa Viet, a Vietnamese and Chinese restaurant at 305 First St., closed Aug. 12.

Open for about 13 years, the Davis restaurant was one of seven in the region, including three in Sacramento, one in Rancho Cordova and one in Folsom. I spoke with an employee at the Madison Avenue restaurant, who confirmed that the Davis restaurant is closed for good.


Lee’s Deli is training its employees and waiting for inspections at 737 Russell Blvd. in University Mall. Managers still hope to have it open by the end of this month.

The family-owned chain has 12 locations in San Francisco and one in Berkeley. Along with sandwiches, the deli will offer a wide variety of self-serve hot foods, soups, salads and sushi, all sold by weight. For more information, visit


The owner of CREAM (Cookies Rule Everything Around Me) plans a grand opening Sept. 21 for the Davis location. It’s going in on F Street near the AT&T Store. Tom Tu of Hercules is the owner. His brother, Eric Tu, an incoming UC Davis student, will manage the store.

Patrons pick the cookie and ice cream flavor and it’s assembled for them. All-natural and gourmet cookies, bars and ice cream may also be purchased separately, along with toppings. Other menu items include shakes, malts and floats. Vegan, soy and gluten-free options are available.

The ice cream sandwich franchise is popular in college towns like Berkeley and Palo Alto. Tom Tu said the grand openings, which feature free treats from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., bring long lines.

Tu hopes to continue expanding franchises north, with eyes on cities like Roseville, Folsom and Chico.

For information, visit


Seasons Restaurant chef and owner Tamas Torok takes over the nearby Café 110 on Sept. 1, and plans to open it to the public around Sept. 13. The breakfasts will still cater to Hallmark Inn guests, as they have since July 1, but Torok plans to add lunch. The café is on the ground floor of the hotel’s property on F Street.

The café menu “will be Seasons quality with a lower price point,” he said Thursday. Lunch will include sandwiches, salads and soups.


Another college-town favorite, The Melt, will open this fall in Davis Commons, but not in the next couple of weeks, as originally planned. Officials hoped to time a grand opening of the grilled cheese restaurant with the start of UC Davis classes in September. However, “that timeline is too optimistic,” a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The Melt, which has several stores in the Bay Area, usually announces a grand opening promotion through Facebook, giving fans a password for free food. Its main menu features five different grilled cheese sandwiches, four soups, and five combos that include soups. Breakfast items are available as well. For details, visit


A T.J. Maxx spokeswoman reports the discount clothing store should open in Davis “sometime in late October.”

“We’re looking forward to becoming part of the Davis community,” Doreen Thompson, vice president for corporate communications, wrote in an email.


A Grand Affair party and event rentals is adding a storefront. It plans a grand opening on Aug. 31 at 215 Madson Place, Suite E, next to Vander Hamm Tire Center, owner Kimo Bernauer reports.

For more information, visit or call 530-574-0787.


Two retired university housing experts have joined to form a consulting firm in Davis. Resch + Froehlich Consulting.

It specializes in “design for maintainability” in student and multi-family apartments, Clyde Froehlich said. The focus is “on the proper balance of form and function,” so dormitory and apartment construction and renovation projects meet demands while reducing ongoing maintenance costs.

Froehlich, a Davis resident, retired last year after 29 years with UC Davis Student Housing Facilities Services. Phil Resch of Palo Alto also retired in 2012, after 28 years in student housing at Stanford and UC Santa Barbara.

For more information, visit

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



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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