Thursday, October 30, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

There’s something fishy on F Street

WendyWeitzelW

By
From page A13 | October 14, 2012 |

Davis fish enthusiasts will be happy to hear we’ll soon have a full-service aquarium store again.

Rivers to Reef owners James Krause and Norm Ponferrada hope to have it open as soon as Wednesday, with a grand opening event planned for November. The store is at 333 F St., Suite B – Spa Central’s home before it moved to E Street Plaza.

If you peek inside, you’ll see they’ve already set up and stocked a 600-gallon freshwater tank in the main area. The store will feature 100 fish tanks in five rooms ­— one of them saltwater. The saltwater tanks will come in the weeks ahead.

Hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, noon to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

“Tuesdays we open a little later so that we can go to our wholesalers and hand-pick some of the fish we bring in to ensure quality,” Krause said.

Krause graduated in 2006 from UC Davis, where he earned a biology degree with a marine emphasis. His minor is in aquaculture. Ponferrada is a 2007 graduate in fish physiology.

————

Davis’ Dairy Queen will serve its soft serve for a bit longer. The company gave the Davis store a six-month extension on more than $50,000 in cosmetic and accessibility improvements required for the site.

A manager confirmed Thursday that owner Shahid Iqbal is working with the landlord to try to meet the standards set by the Americans with Disability Act. Meanwhile, a for-lease sign is posted in the driveway of the restaurant at 909 Fifth St.

Iqbal has owned the store for 15 years but he said it’s been in Davis for 50 or 60 years, making it one of Davis’ oldest fast-food eateries.

————

A new food truck, the Fusion Fresh Café, opened Monday outside the UC Davis Mondavi Center.

The truck will be available Mondays through Fridays, early mornings to late afternoons, to serve hungry students, campus employees and visitors. It services a new courtyard next to the performing arts center and features umbrella tables. It will stay open late on concert nights and be available during new outdoor concerts.

Sodexo, which runs the dining commons, the Gunrock Pub and other campus food services, operates the truck, a campus news release said. The menu includes pancakes; breakfast burritos and pastries; chicken cheese steak; and chicken, lamb and beef kabobs; plus quesadillas, tacos and spring rolls.

————

Whole Foods Market will open with a “bread-breaking” ceremony at 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24. The new natural foods store fills the former Borders space at 500 First St. in Davis Commons.

————

As I reported last month, the McDonald’s Express at 640 W. Covell Blvd. will close on Thursday, Oct. 25. The restaurant opened in June 1994. Davis’ other McDonald’s, at 4444 Chiles Road in South Davis, will remain open.

————

Raley’s changed course on its plans to close the Bel Air grocery store at 1885 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Now only its pharmacy will close.

————

Peak Performance Health Club changed hands on Oct. 4. The new owner is Nick Walejeski.

Walejeski, the club’s third owner, is also a personal trainer, outdoor boot camp instructor and triathlon coach, he said. The health club is at 2795 Second St.

————

Gold Town Chinese Restaurant, at 1601 Research Drive, was recently renovated and reopened with a new staff and menu.

————

Graphic Gold, a longtime design and publishing business, closed its doors. Jeanne Pietrzak owned the business in the 400 block of F Street for 30 years. Pietrzak said she needs time to care for an ill family member. “We’ve loved being in the downtown all these years, and making the decision to close our doors was a tough one.”

She has seen a lot of changes in the downtown in those years, she said. She thanked her customers, and fellow business owners involved in Davis Chamber of Commerce and Davis Downown committees.

————

International Bistro will soon fill the spot at 213 E St. Suite A, where Luigi’s recently closed. It will feature cuisine from all over the world, owner Maya Sherpa said. Durga Dahal, former owner of Katmandu Kitchen and Bombay Dreams, is helping Sherpa. She didn’t have a timeline on when it would open.

It will offer a wider variety in its menu, including sandwiches, Italian and Thai dishes, and coffee from Nepal. It will be open for three meals a day, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. The basement floor will be available for private parties and entertainment, Sherpa said.

————

Taqueria El Burrito is still under construction in the former Great Wall of China II space at 223 F St., in the E Street Plaza.

The Mexican food restaurant is affiliated with two others in Natomas and Sacramento. The Davis store will be similar to the Natomas one, which features authentic Mexican food.

————

El Toro Bravo Mexican Kitchen won’t be open by mid-October, as anticipated. Work is still under way on the former Baja Fresh spot at 237 D St.

The food will be a Mexican fusion style and is under the same ownership as Burgers & Brew and Crepeville.

————

Also under construction is University of Beer, a beer shop in the corner space next to Panera Bread at 615 Third St., at F Street.

————

Western Feed and Pet Supply could open in early November at 407 G St., next to Village Pizza & Grill. There are five such locations in Sacramento, selling products for small and large animals. Visit westernfeedonline.com for more information.

————

AMD Medical Supply opened this summer at 1260 Lake Blvd. in Westlake Plaza. It sells, rents and delivers medical supplies. For more information, visit its website at www.amdmedsupply.com.

— Wendy Weitzel is a Davis resident. Her column runs occasionally on Sundays, but her Comings & Goings Facebook page has more frequent updates. If you know about a business coming or going in the area, contact Wendy at wendyedit@gmail.com.

Comments

comments

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.
.

News

Meet Archer, Poppenga and Sunder

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
UCD prof will speak in Woodland

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Eichorn’s shredding event benefits STEAC

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
All voices welcome at sing-along

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Community forum devoted to returning military personnel

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Davis Media Access: Treasures from the vault get new life

By Autumn Labbe-Renault | From Page: A3

Kids ready to trick-or-treat for UNICEF

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Celebrate Day of the Dead on Sunday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Low-water landscape workshop planned

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Sending ‘Hugs from Home’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
Yolo RCD welcomes new executive director

By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A5

Volunteers sought to advocate for kids

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Sudwerk Ultimator arrives with a vengeance

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

.

Forum

She has all the leverage

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Duo are the best-informed

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

Humble and hard-working

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

 
Yes on 47 for our safety

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

 
Something’s missing

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

This is a terrific trio

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

 
Elect Poppenga to school board

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

.

Sports

Something’s got to give as Aggies host UNC

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Davis vs. Goliath: Devils travel to take on Grant

By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1

DHS escapes with a Senior Night victory

By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Aggies hope to turn Gauchos into net zombies

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

MVP Bumgarner leads Giants to World Series win

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Aggie loss allows Gauchos to tie them for first

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

Warriors whip Kings in their season opener

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Youth roundup: Diamonds have a ball at Disco-Tech

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

JV/frosh roundup: Rio falls to DHS boys, who then take fifth at tourney

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
Sports briefs: Double dip for Devil tennis team

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8

.

Features

What’s happening

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A10

 
College Corner: Going the honors route

By Jennifer Borenstein | From Page: A10

Chávez kids are movin’

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A10 | Gallery

 
.

Arts

Wineaux: Calming and curbing the crouching curmudgeon

By Susan Leonardi | From Page: A11

 
Hear Amplified DNA on Saturday at winery

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

Thursday Live! plans jazz and blues

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
DMTC plans ‘My Fair Lady’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11 | Gallery

International Film Series continues with ‘Australia’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
DHS Madrigals host singing workshop

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

All are welcome at Fun Time Follies

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Comics: Thursday, October 30, 2014

By Creator | From Page: A9