De Vere’s Irish Pub, filling the old Soga’s spot at 217 E St., planned a soft opening as early as this weekend, with “pre-opening” parties all week long.
The restaurant’s transformation is impressive, with rich woodwork, antiques and stained glass. The deVere White family imported the main bar from Ireland, and feature family photos throughout. Guinness is served in the traditional 20-ounce pint glasses.
Patrons are encouraged to sign up for “trial lunches,” offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Also scheduled are a Pre-opening Facebook party from 6 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, a “Sippin’ Sudz” event with Sudwerk beers from 6 to midnight Wednesday, and a Twitter party from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. For information or reservations, go to http://www.eventbrite.com/org/887935341. For more on the pub, visit http://deverespub.com.
Its official grand opening is Monday, Nov. 14. Hours are expected to be the same as the Sacramento pub: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Sweet Briar Books will close next month, owner Sharon Segal announced. A liquidation sale will begin Friday, Nov. 11. The independent used bookstore, at 654 G St., is in the same shopping center as the Davis Food Co-op.
The store opened June 1, 1996. Segal said, “I really enjoyed selling books in Davis these past 15-plus years, the community has been truly wonderful to me.”
She plans to keep it open until Christmas Eve, “but if the inventory sells quickly, I could close earlier.” She encourages customers to redeem their gift certificates and trade slips by Dec. 20.
After that, Segal said she’s “not sure what my plans will be. … Basically get a job to pay the bills. I may need to retrain at something.”
Meanwhile, she “would love to thank my customers for all of their support and encouragement over the years. I hope they will have fond memories of Sweet Briar Books.”
The GameStop store in University Mall in Davis will close Friday, Nov. 11, according to a company news release.
“Customers can still make purchases and trade in games, accessories and consoles at … other GameStop stores in the area,” according to Larine Nixon, who handles corporate communications for GameStop Corp.
The GameStop store in The Marketplace, at 1361 W. Covell Blvd., will remain open.
After the closure, customers who still have pre-orders from the University Mall store will be able to pick up their items at the Marketplace store. Customer records will transfer on Nov. 13.
Published reports say the Nation’s Giant Hamburgers chain is looking to return to the Sacramento area. Its last eatery in the region was in Davis’ own University Mall, about where GameStop stands today. Is it looking to return there? We’ll see.
420 Relief, which sold cannabis (marijuana) ID cards, has closed its clinic at 231 E St., Suite 3. Its space behind Peet’s Coffee & Tea is back up for lease.
Across the breezeway is another new and equally controversial store. Aella Boutique is open at 227 E St., Suite 3. It sells women’s stiletto heeled shoes, stockings, panties “and more.” The back of the store, behind a black lace curtain, features adult accessories such as, ahem, furry handcuffs.
Workers at Fish’s Wild Fish Grill & More are unpacking furniture and setting up at 516 Second St., in the spots last filled by Mishka’s Café and Cartridge World. Its liquor license was posted in early October, so it could be ready to open as early as this month. A sign on its window says it’s accepting employment applications at Ohana Hawaiian BBQ in University Mall.
The Torrance-based restaurant offers healthy grilled fish and chicken dishes like fish tacos.
For information, visit http://w3.fishswild.com.
You may have read that Whole Foods confirmed Wednesday that it has leased the former Borders Books & Music space in Davis Commons. It plans to open a grocery store there in the next 12 to 18 months.
The grocer doesn’t plan drastic changes to the exterior or entrances. The 20,000-square-foot interior is being designed.
The store will feature a large prepared foods area and lots of “grab-and-go” items, David Lannon, president of Whole Foods Market for Northern California, told The Enterprise’s Jeff Hudson.
“We want to take advantage of the large grassy area out in front, and the seating that’s already there,” he said. “We definitely want to increase the amount of bike parking. We’re also talking about potentially doing bicycle delivery, which we already do in some of our other locations.”
The store will have produce, meat, seafood, bakery, cheese, beer, wine and grocery sections, Lannon said.
The latest scoop is that Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in Davis Commons plans to close. Its lease ends in February. Retail West, the property management company for the First Street center, recently listed the space as available.
An employee at the Davis parlor said although there wasn’t a closure date announced to employees, she doubted it would stay open through the cold winter months to finish out the lease. The ice cream and yogurt market is very full in Davis, especially downtown.
Mark Friedman, president of Fulcrum Properties, which built and owns Davis Commons, told Enterprise reporter Jeff Hudson on Wednesday that he expects to keep the clothing store Gap as a tenant for “the foreseeable future.” Last month, Gap announced it would close about 180 stores across the country in the next two years.
In case you missed it, Enterprise reporter Jonathan Edwards reported late last month that Jack’s Urban Eats, a cafeteria-style restaurant in midtown Sacramento, plans to open a Davis eatery. The timing and location have not been announced.
And “there’s more to come,” said Mark Cordano, a commercial real estate agent who brokered the deals that brought Bistro 33, de Vere’s and Tres Hermanas to Davis. “There’s a couple more people who are going to follow (over to Davis).
“Davis has been good to restaurants. There’s good volume going on there right now,” Cordano said in the story.
— 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. Comings & Goings is also on Facebook. If you know about a business coming or going in the area, contact Wendy at firstname.lastname@example.org.