Dairy Queen became Davis Burgers & Shakes in May, but the conversion wasn’t enough to save one of Davis’ oldest fast-food restaurants. Owner Shahid Iqbal will serve his last frozen dessert on Wednesday, July 31.
Iqbal hoped the name change would lift a financial burden on the business, which he’s owned since 1997. The Dairy Queen Corp. insisted on cosmetic and accessibility upgrades upwards of $120,000, he said.
In May, the signage and menu board dropped the DQ brands, but the prices and basic ingredients didn’t change. For example, the popular thick shakes, trademarked to DQ as Blizzards, became Snow Storms.
Alas, the business still lost money. Contacted by phone on Thursday, Iqbal said he’s not sure what’s next. His family plans to take a month off to rest, and then weigh options for the future.
Lee’s Deli is under construction at 737 Russell Blvd. in University Mall.
The family-owned chain has 12 locations in San Francisco and one in Berkeley.
But there’s more to this eatery than the name implies. Besides hot and cold sandwiches, salads and a long list of soups, Lee’s Delis offer a Chinese hot food bar, sushi, snacks and desserts. Other features include a breakfast buffet, breakfast sandwiches, bagels and pastries. Some locations add burgers, hot dogs, burrito-style wraps and fries. The Berkeley location also has Hawaiian dishes.
For more information, visit http://www.leesdeli.com/. I will let you know when I hear back from the company.
I’m happy that Village Pizza & Grill is back open after making repairs from its June 11 kitchen fire. The restaurant is at Fourth and G streets downtown.
Davis’ Bayer CropScience, formerly AgraQuest, will move from its locations in Davis to a larger integrated research and development campus in West Sacramento, The Sacramento Business Journal reports. Bayer purchased AgraQuest last year. AgraQuest started in Davis 17 years ago, and was known for its biological and organic fungicides and insecticides.
UC Davis’ West Village recently opened its HUB Café, Kitchen and Market at 201 Sage St., Suite 100. Part of campus Dining Services, it uses local, sustainable food sources, like the Student Farm.
The café has espresso and coffee drinks, bakery and breakfast items. The Kitchen, open for lunch during the summer, serves pizza, subs, burgers, salads, pasta, soup, sides and desserts. The Market, open daily, sells smoothies, drinks, packaged foods, produce, deli items, snacks and other convenience goods. For information, visit http://hubwestvillage.com.
Spokesman Ron Heckman said the HUB “is expanding menu options and finding that students are actually seeking out the organic and sustainably grown items more than manager Andrea Coker and her team predicted.”
Four Seasons Gourmet is the name of the new Chinese food restaurant at the South Davis Chevron station at 1601 Research Park Drive. It was formerly Gold Town Chinese.
Executive Alterations and Formal Wear should open on Monday, Aug. 5, with a grand opening in early September, owner Lydia Chu said. Chu also owns three Executive Cleaners locations in Davis.
The new store, at 764 Fifth St., will be the only tuxedo rental store in Davis, and will specialize in alterations of wedding dresses and other formal wear.
Logos Books, a not-fot-profit used bookstore, is staying put downtown. The store’s lease expired earlier this year, and owners Susan and Peter Linz thought they were going to have to move.
But on July 19, they posted this on their blog: “Thanks to the efforts of John Brinley and Dave Taormino, Logos Books will be able to stay at its current location, at 513 Second Street. We are simply delighted. … Many thanks to all of our clients, volunteers and friends.”
Profits from the store go to Save the Children and Doctors Without Borders. Visit http://logosbooks.wordpress.com for details.
Art-is-Davis, a new art co-op, opened July 1 in the former Antiques Plus space at 222 D St.
“It is a space for regional artists to work, teach, display their art, and interact directly with the public,” a news release said. Members of the public “are invited to drop in to view artwork, chat with artists, and participate in classes.”
So far, founders Seana Burke and Marieke de Waard offer figure drawing and painting sessions, pen-and-ink sketching, and drawing fundamentals classes.
Burke said, “We have created a beautiful space and are ready to have new artists join the co-op. We are also open to suggestions about workshops, music, or any other events that can benefit the community.”
For more information, visit http://www.art-is-davis.com.
Earlier this year, Davis Bowen Therapy owner Gabriele Streuer moved her practice downtown. It was formerly on Oak Avenue.
Streuer is available by appointment only at 509-A Fourth St. Bowen Therapy is a holistic form of structural bodywork that uses neuro-structural integration techniques to relieve head, neck and joint pain and other conditions, according to Davis Bowen Therapy’s website, http://www.davisbowen.com.
Burger Physical Therapy has moved from its Anderson Road office to 2035 Lindell Terrace, Suite 200, and hosted a grand opening on July 17.
It offers a wide variety of rehabilitation services, from pediatric to geriatric, with specialties like sports, hand, neurologic, speech and ergonomic services. For information, visit http://burgerrehab.com.
The Davis Legal Center opened July 1 in West Davis at 1260 Lake Blvd., Suite 244.
Emil Dixon assists clients with immigration and landlord-tenant issues. He opened the office and made Davis his home because he felt “the city needed an affordable legal option that specifically targets underrepresented groups,” a news release said.
Dixon earned his law degree at UC Davis in 2010, then his master of laws degree in international legal studies from New York University. For information, visit http://www.davislegalcenter.com.
Aria Mediterranean Bistro, a restaurant at 614 Main St. in Woodland, closed Saturday after six months in business, The Daily Democrat reports. It has new owners and will be replaced by another restaurant, its Facebook page states. Aria replaced Tazzina Bistro.
Also in Woodland, Morley’s Swim School, at 603 College St., will close on Aug. 2, after 45 years. Owners Harland and Carolyn Morley, both in their 70s, plan to retire and do some traveling, according to the Democrat.
Petrovich Development Company is in the permit phase with the city of Woodland for three new storefronts in its Woodland Gateway center, where Costco and Target are on County Road 102 near Interstate 5.
Sleep Train, GNC and Sprint are planned for early 2014, according to Trace Johnson, vice president of leasing for Petrovich Development. She said they hope to “deliver to the tenants” in January, and the stores could open soon after that.
Tracy Warrington of Woodland has started a book repair business at her home. The Book Healer repairs worn or damaged spines, torn covers, pages and book jackets, and offers other similar services.
“After working as a volunteer at the Woodland Public Library for a few years, I enjoyed fixing books so much that I decided (to make it into) a business,” Warrington said in an email. “It just thrills me to be able to bring stability and new life to old books that have so much meaning to people.”
For more information, visit http://www.thebookhealer.com.
— Wendy Weitzel is a freelance writer and editor in Davis. Her column runs occasionally on 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 email@example.com.