Friday, November 28, 2014

Ramen arrives, fusion blowing in

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Ramen Hook is open inside University Mall on Russell Boulevard. Wendy Weitzel/Courtesy photo

From page A9 | April 06, 2014 |

Wind of Change, the restaurant replacing Café Mediterranee at 113 D St., is wrapping up its remodeling. Representatives say they hope to have it open by late April or early May.

“The food concept for Wind of Change will be mainly American-style cuisine with French and Mediterranean fusion delicacies,” general manager Roxy Bucu said in an email. “The menu selection will vary upon request and upon seasons.”


Ramen Hook is open in University Mall. It’s an interior storefront, next to Forever 21. The restaurant serves ramen soup bowls, rice bowls and a few other Japanese food selections like pot stickers, California rolls and tempura.


A deal is near on the former Dimple Records spot at 212 F St. The landlord, Ashok Patel, said Thursday, “We are almost there. I will let you as soon as we finalize the leases.”


Awards & More of Davis opened Monday at 1340 E. Covell Blvd., Suite 102. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays except for Wednesdays, when it’s open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays are by appointment.


A reader asked me to check if a Charming Charlie store might fill a spot near T.J.Maxx and Target. I inquired with CC’s corporate headquarters, and no, it’s not on the list of stores planned for 2014. The nearest Charming Charlie stores, which specialize in jewelry and other women’s accessories, are in Vacaville and Roseville.


Davis Strength and Conditioning is moving from its downtown spot at 817 Fourth St. to 2939 Spafford St., Suite 100, the former site of Mace Market.

Yijie Gea, who owns the fitness center with Drew Temple, said he hopes to make the move this month. They may close the gym for about a week during the transition.


The Root of Happiness Kava Bar is opening in May, its Facebook page says.

It’s at 211 F St. in the E Street Plaza. Kava, a traditional Polynesian, nonalcoholic beverage, is touted for its calming effects.


Davis Gold and Silver Exchange, 330 G St., Suite H, officially changed hands this month. Pete Richards, who opened the business in 1986, retired. Nick Lemon took over in April.

The store buys and sells coins, collectibles, jewelry and postcards. Lemon plans a few upgrades to modernize the business and add an online presence.


Hand Made Creation, a clothing and gift store at 233 F St., closed on March 29. Owner Raju Manandhar said he’s looking for a new space.


Yolo Brewing Co. owner Mike Costello plans to open his new taproom at 1520 Terminal St., West Sacramento, in May. Like his former Brew It Up, which originated in Davis, it will offer guest brewing services.


Cartridge World, at 130 G St., closed. A for-lease sign is in the window, and the company’s website no longer lists a Davis store.


Davis Estate Jewelry & Antiquities, 227 E St., No. 3, closed on Monday.

“We thank all our friends and customers for supporting us,” a business representative said in a statement.


The San Bruno Bowling Center opened last month at 154 W. Main St., according to news reports. Formerly Woodhaven Lanes Bowling Alley, it was closed for about two years.

— Wendy Weitzel is a freelance writer and editor in Davis. Her column publishes on Sundays. Throughout the week, watch her Comings & Goings Facebook page. If you know about a business coming or going in the area, contact Wendy at



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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