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One restaurant closes, others emerge

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April 7, 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.

Published reports say 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.

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There’s been some buzz downtown about a possible chain eatery coming to the 6,000-square-foot Blockbuster Video site at F and Third streets, but the real estate representative said negotiations are still under way, so he can’t disclose the tenant.

Mark Engemann of the Sacramento office of Colliers International, a commercial real estate company, said Wednesday, “There is significant interest in the Blockbuster building and we are in discussions with tenants. However, as they are ongoing, there is not much I can comment on. As things solidify, I may be able to provide you with additional information.

“This is a great site in a city that continues to be very desirable for both restaurants and retailers, and we are looking forward to being able to contribute some new energy to the downtown area.”

Meanwhile, Blockbuster’s last day is Sunday.

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Roots Fair Trade is set to open Tuesday 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.

Hours will be noon to 5:30 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays.

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Forever 21 opened Friday, April 1, in University Mall. The store is filled with clothing for teen, tween and college-age girls. I haven’t seen this much excitement about a store opening since its neighbor Trader Joe’s debuted last fall.

The store is known for its trendy, inexpensive clothes. What may not be widely known, however, is that it features a small section for men. My 14- and 10-year old sons are somewhat enthused.

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Mermaid’s Seafood & Grill closed March 25 — a year after it opened.

The site near Dos Coyotes in South Davis has trouble sustaining a restaurant. Most recently there was Fins Market & Grill, and before that, Duke’s Sports Bar and Grill, and Fusions Asian Bistro. Meanwhile, Dos remains as popular as ever, and another neighbor, Common Grounds coffeehouse, is often packed.

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Red Robin is scheduled to open on Monday, April 25, in the Woodland Gateway shopping center (anchored by Costco). The family eatery is training employees.

Its hours will be 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and till midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. The phone will be (530) 661-7470.

The center also will add a Starbucks coffee soon, as well as a Panda Express and Bank of America.

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I reported last month that the South Davis ice cream shop Davis Creamery was moving to the former Yogurt Shack spot downtown. Now I have some details.

One of the original owners, David Robert, took over the business a couple of weeks ago. His 10-year lease in Oakshade Town Center expired, giving him the freedom to move. It closed late last month.

The downtown store’s name will be Sugar Daddies. While it will be coordinated by Robert, it will include 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.”

He said they’re shooting for a May 1 opening, but that may be optimistic.

— Wendy Weitzel is a Davis resident. Her column runs at least once a month in the in The Enterprise’s print edition, but the Comings & Goings Facebook page and Enterprise blog feature more frequent updates. If you know about a business coming or going in the area, contact her at wendyedit@gmail.com.

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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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