Comings and Goings

Two longtime fast-food eateries may close

By From page A6 | September 23, 2012

Dairy Queen, one of Davis’ longest-lived fast-food restaurants, likely will close in October. Owner Shahid Iqbal said the franchise wants him to make more that $50,000 in cosmetic and accessibility improvements to the building, which he can’t afford.

The restaurant, at 909 Fifth St., does not meet standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Iqbal said he’s still exploring options to keep the restaurant open. He has owned it for 15 years but said it’s been in Davis for 50 or 60 years.


The McDonald’s Express at 640 W. Covell Blvd. will close on Oct. 25, a company spokesman confirmed. The restaurant opened in June 1994. Davis’ other McDonald’s, at 4444 Chiles Road in South Davis, will remain open.

David Martinelli of McDonald’s USA said, “Employees of this restaurant will be transferred to other surrounding restaurants in their area.”

There is a for-lease sign in the Express store’s window, advertising the 1,900-square-foot space in Anderson Plaza. The Express name meant it offered a slightly limited menu.


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.

Its Facebook page said, “Enjoy the store’s expansive deli and prepared foods departments, and opt for the outdoor or indoor atrium cafe eating area. The store also boasts an expansive selection of sustainably caught seafood and humanely raised meats, local and international beer and wine favorites, and fresh produce from the Sacramento Valley. The store is proud to bring 100+ new jobs to the community.”


Also in Davis Commons, Pluto’s was closed Sept. 10-15 for remodeling. It reopened Sunday, Sept. 16.


Caffé Italia is staying put at 1121 Richards Blvd. — for a while. It was two years ago that the escrow fell through on the former Denny’s property that Caffé Italia owners Shar and Kevin Katz planned to purchase at 4120 Chiles Road. The family still has three years left on the current lease, so there’s time, Shar Katz said. Expansion plans for the nearby hotel, which owns the property, likely will force the move.

Meanwhile, the restaurant is celebrating its 30th anniversary, Katz said, and “we definitely want to try to stay in Davis.”


International Bistro soon will fill the spot at 213 E St., Suite A, where Luigi’s recently closed. It will feature cuisine from all over the world, owner Durga Dahal said. He hopes to have it open as soon as the end of the month.

Dahal owned two other downtown Indian eateries: Katmandu Kitchen from 1996 to 2008, and the recently closed Bombay Dreams.

International Bistro will offer a wider variety in its menu, including sandwiches, soups, pasta and noodle dishes, and coffee from Nepal. There will be grilled, roasted and barbecued items, and Himalayan, Asian, Italian and Mexican foods.

It will be open for three meals a day, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. The basement floor will be available for parties and events, Dahal said.


Taqueria El Burrito may open as early as Sept. 23 in the former Great Wall of China II space at 223 F St., on the E Street Plaza. The Chinese buffet closed last month.

The Mexican food restaurant is affiliated two others in Natomas and Sacramento. The Davis store will be similar to the Natomas one, which features authentic Mexican food and plenty of positive reviews on Yelp. Customers order at the counter, enjoy a salsa bar and self-serve soft drinks, and their food is brought to their table.

Owner Jose Cortez said, “We’ve always wanted a space in Davis.” He’s been looking for the right space for more than four years.


A beer shop looks to be filling a corner space next to the new Panera Bread at 615 Third St., at F Street. A beer and wine license application is posted in the window for University of Beer.


Mr. Pickle’s Sandwich Shop in South Davis’ Oakshade Town Center opened on Sept. 13.

Mr. Pickle’s offers deli sandwiches on “San Francisco-style breads.” Many of its specialties have classic meats and cheeses, with extras like avocado, cream cheese and bacon. There are hot and cold sandwiches; and green, potato, macaroni, chicken and tuna salads.

The deli fills the spot where Davis Creamery was. To see the company website, go to http://www.mrpicklesinc.com.


Hallmark Inn’s remodeling of its ground floor is well under way. Managers report there is interest from Massage Envy to fill one of its retail spaces. They are hoping for a florist as well, which would make for an ideal spa/wedding destination. The hotel, at First and F streets downtown, plans to manage a public café as well.


Sport Clips Haircuts opened early this month at 1411 W. Covell Blvd. in The Marketplace. It’s advertised as “The Home of the MVP Haircut Experience,” with sports on TV and “guy-smart stylists.” No appointments are needed.

In 20 minutes, a stylist cuts your hair, then wraps your face in a hot towel, then washes your hair and massages your scalp and shoulders.


VIA Cross Fit is looking to open a fitness studio at 215 Madison Place, behind Vander Hamm Tire Center off Fifth Street. The go-ahead came when the Davis Planning Commission changed the building’s zoning classification earlier this month.

Cross Fit is a varied, high-intensity strength and conditioning training program.

According to city documents, the training facility would offer three to six classes a day, and service four to six clients per class. Hours of operation would be 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays. The applicant is James Bezek of Dixon.


Halloween City is open in the former Dimple Records space at 212 F St. In previous years, a Halloween store has been in The Marketplace shopping center in North Davis. The seasonal stores usually close in early November.


Bubble Belly, a new store featuring “Designer maternity jeans, hip baby clothes and cool accessories” opened Sept. 12 at 340 G St.

It carries “a well-edited selection of hard-to-find designer maternity jeans for the stylish, expectant mommy, and hip, unique baby apparel for the best dressed baby on the block.”

Owner Silvie Truong also hosted a grand opening on Sept. 15.

Its online store has been open for a while at https://shopbubblebelly.com/index.php.


The Mustard Seed recently changed its hours to dinner only. The restaurant, at 222 D St., No. 11, opens at 5:30 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays.


The business plan for Mosaic Coffee & Tea is moving along, according to its Facebook page. The nonprofit coffee shop would provide job training and placement for adults with disabilities and operate under a “gift economy,” where patrons pay what they can. The proposed location is the Davis Community Church Fellowship Hall on D Street.

Its business plan has a proposed schedule for when it will open, but is not releasing it yet. It has suppliers lined up for tea, coffee and baked goods. Its menu also will include fresh-fruit smoothies with no sugar added, gluten-free options, fruit and desserts. Organizers hope to have a full proposal ready by the end of November.


Sassafras Beauty, which opened in August in The Marketplace, will celebrate its grand opening week starting Oct. 8. It’s in the former Pure Beauty spot at 1411 W. Covell Blvd., Suite 109. A Davis Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting will cap off the week on Oct. 12. It offers beauty supplies, and salon services for hair and skin.

The owner is Davis resident Danielle Crane.


South Davis Veterinary Center should move in November to a different space in the El Macero Shopping Center on Mace Boulevard. It plans an open house on Saturday, Dec. 8, in the former Mountain Mike’s Pizza spot, which is larger.

— Wendy Weitzel is a Davis resident. Her column runs about every other Sunday, 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 [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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