Downtown dining options grow even more

By May 23, 2011

The family that owns the popular de Vere’s Irish Pub in Sacramento may start serving Guinness, bangers and mash in Davis by this fall.

The pub will take over the vacant restaurant at 217 E St., formerly home to Soga’s and Agave.

The Sacramento restaurant is at 1521 L St. Its menu features traditional meals like shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, Irish stew and Reuben sandwiches. It serves 20-ounce pints of stout, ale or cider, as well as fine Irish whiskeys and, of course, Irish coffee. Visit http://www.deverespub.com/ for more information.


The Italian restaurant Paesanos should open in late summer at 139 G St., the former Fuzio’s spot.

Business partners Dave Virga and Mark Scribner, who own Uncle Vito’s Slice of New York pizza at Second and F streets, own two other Paesanos — in midtown Sacramento and Elk Grove.

The larger midtown restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with gourmet Italian pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, salads and Italian appetizers.

Meanwhile, earlier plans to expand Uncle Vito’s into the space next door have been canceled.


The restaurant Our House, which replaces Aioli Bodega Española at 808 Second St., is coming along. The owners hope to open the eatery in June, and will release menu details soon. Word is it will feature items like steaks, chops and grilled artichokes.


The long-awaited Vini Wine Bar at 611 Second St. just had new flooring installed, with more remodeling on its way. The bar, which should open this summer, will feature an Enomatic wine preservation vending machine, offering self-serve tastes of some 88 wines with the swipe of a prepaid card.

The décor and music will have a jazz theme.


Roots Fair Trade opened in April at 231 G St. It features “fairly traded gifts from around the world.” The shelves are lined with colorful pillows, purses, pottery, scarves, jewelry and various décor.


The South Davis ice cream shop Davis Creamery is moving to the former Yogurt Shack spot at 113 E St., downtown. Its opening date is set for June 11.

One of the original owners, David Robert, reclaimed the business this spring. The downtown store’s name will be Sugar Daddies. While Robert will coordinate it, the store will consist of three independent businesses: Davis Creamery, Cupcake Craving and Cookie Connection.

It’s a different arrangement than the former one, where the creamery sold those additional products. He’s calling it more of a “dessert food court.”


A pole-dancing studio opened in late April at 213 E St., Suite E, in the alley spot that was last occupied by Suite E, a dress-rental shop that has closed.

Davis Pole Dance Studio is targeted as a fitness studio to teach women the techniques. It charges a monthly membership fee, with steep discounts to attract college students.

According to a May 9 story in the California Aggie, it offers pole dance, lap dance and burlesque classes, as well as private lessons and bachelorette parties. The owner is Lisa Hellmann, who recently closed a Vacaville studio. There’s also a studio in Natomas.

For information, call (530) 601-6664 or go to http://www.sacramentopoledancestudio.com/


Pole dancing is not the only controversial business to open its doors recently. Nearby, a medical marijuana consultation clinic opened in mid-May.

420 Relief, at 231 E St., Suite 3, issues medical marijuana cards, but is not a dispensary, according to a recent story in The Enterprise. A city ordinance makes marijuana dispensaries illegal.

It’s a consultation clinic, company president Steve Maki told reporter Crystal Lee. Patients must be adults — or between 16 and 18 years old and accompanied by a parent or legal caregiver.

Maki owns three other clinics in the Sacramento area and said he is expanding his business to other California cities.


The owner of the Blockbuster building at Third and F streets is in advanced lease negotiations with a national restaurant chain for a large portion of that building. If the lease is signed, there will be 2,000 square feet remaining on the corner for another tenant.


The Mexican restaurant Tacos & Beer closed April 28, a year to the month after it opened at 715 Second St., the former longtime site for Togo’s sandwiches.

But there’s already a replacement in the works: Bombay Dreams Restaurant will serve Indian and Nepalese food. It could open in June.


Let Them Eat Cake, the cute but hidden cupcake bakery at 423 L St., Suite B, will move this summer to 310 C St., in the sweet spot between YoloBerry Yogurt and Burgers & Brew.

The location is the former home of Smooth As Silk, whose owner, Stella Forbes, has decided to stay at the spa’s new address, 305 D St. It had to move when a tree fell on its roof during March storms.


AAA Insurance has opened a Davis sales office at 408 G St., in the RE/MAX Gold Real Estate Center.

It offers auto, home and rental property insurance among other services. Call (530) 757-8200.


The Parent Place, a new community parent resource, opened its doors on May 17 at 907 Third St. The nonprofit aims to increase parenting skills by providing information and coordinated access to resources.

“Supported by parent volunteers, community organizations, and the Yolo Family Resource Center, The Parent Place strives to build confident parents through offering parenting support and knowledge on a wide spectrum of parenting issues,” a news release said.

It offers a free lending library, including a broad range of parenting books and DVDs, peer support, online parenting resources, and a listing of area professionals specializing in children and parenting. Upcoming services will include parenting classes, presentations, book clubs, support groups and more, according to council member and volunteer Carin Sloane.

Office hours for May are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, and 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays.

For more information, call (530) 723.6563. A website is being developed at http://www.yoloparentplace.com/

— Wendy Weitzel is a Davis resident. Her column runs occasionally on Sundays, but her Comings & Goings blog at www.davisenterprise.com has more frequent updates. It’s also on Facebook. If you know about a business coming or going in the area, contact her 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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