More Asian food arrives

By From page A6 | March 30, 2012

Two new Asian eateries arrived in Davis in March.

Open Rice Kitchen, an Asian fusion restaurant at 204 G St., served its first meal on March 19. It fills the space left by nestware when the housewares and gift store moved to E Street Plaza.

Owner Calvin Liu said Monday that it’s a good time for a soft opening, as UC Davis students had finals two weeks ago and spring break last week. He plans a formal grand opening in a few weeks.

They are still testing some equipment in the kitchen, but things are going well. Neighbors and early customers have been very welcoming and supportive, he said.

Open Rice Kitchen’s website says, “We are looking to provide you with tradition Asian favorites as well as some modern dishes. Our goal is to make sure that you not only enjoy but love your entire experience with us.”

The menu features appetizers, dim sum, fried rice specials, stir-fry dishes, soups and noodle bowls. There are “signature entrees” with rice, where you choose the sauce. (I tried the Thai Basil with chicken and vegetables, which was perfectly cooked and full of flavor). There is a wide array of beverages, like hot or cold milk teas, and fruit-syrup flavored teas, slushes and “snows.”

Hours are 11 a.m. to midnight Sundays through Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Call (530) 757-2328 or visit http://openricekitchen.com/.

Pho King IV opened March 14 at 226 Third St. at University Avenue, in the space last held by Orange Hut. The Vietnamese noodle house specializes in Bun Bo Hue, a spicy beef noodle soup. Offerings include appetizers like spring rolls; rice plates; a few Chinese dishes; a kids’ menu; and specialty juice, tea and coconut drinks and smoothies.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Call (530) 753-5741.

The Mexican food restaurant El Toro Bravo is scheduled to open in June, published reports say.

It replaces the closed Baja Fresh at 237 D St. It’s under the same ownership as nearby Burgers & Brew and Crepeville, which are just a block away, down Third Street.

Yolo Federal Credit Union opened its beautiful new building at Fifth and G streets on March 12. Its ribbon cutting and open house were March 29. Its South Davis branch has closed.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Call (530) 297-6700 or go to http://www.yolofcu.org.

The Work Shop, a “co-working space” is open at 213 E St.

“Co-working means sharing a work space with creative and independent people who work for themselves or who need a work space for a short-term or long-term project,” a news release said.

The space has an open floor plan, with desks and tables, and has a daily drop-in option and weekly, monthly and “night owl” memberships. Visit http://daviscoworking.blogspot.com or email [email protected].

Spa Central, 333 F St., is moving into the former Just KIDding space a block away, at 213 F St., this month. The salon offers facials, waxing, threading, massages, body treatments and nail care. It will officially reopen in its new spot on Tuesday.

Former Just KIDding owner Debra Minnema-Dingman has opened a children’s resale clothing and gear store in Dixon. Nana and Company is at 141 N. First St. in Dixon.

Smooth as Silk, the day spa at 305 D St., closed its doors on Saturday. Owner Stella Forbes posted a thank-you note on her business’ Facebook page, notifying customers of the closure “after 26 years of serving this wonderful community of Davis.”

Meanwhile, girlgonegreen skincare, which operates inside Smooth as Silk, is moving four doors down, to 331 D St., effective today.

Jennifer Wendt opened girlgonegreen in November. She uses organic skincare products and wax with an emphasis on local ingredients. Her phone is (530) 219-5822.

In February, Barefoot Yoga moved to 1015 Olive Drive, next to Design House Furniture Galleries. The studio, which specializes in power yoga, was formerly at 219 E St., upstairs above de Vere’s Irish Pub. Call (530) 753-9642 or go to http://www.barefootyogadavis.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. Comings & Goings is also on Facebook. 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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