Friday, April 18, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
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Two new cafés and a fast-food trade underway

Photographs of city and UC Davis scenes and sports teams highlight the redesigned interior at Applebee's, 1753 Research Park Drive in South Davis. Here, server Mo Imran takes care of Randy Solon, Lorianne Ludwig, Greg Merreness and Samantha Munoz. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

Plans for a “play cafe” are underway at Fifth Street Plaza. Roos’ Café will be an indoor playground and cafe, at 2939 Spafford St., Suite 140A. Owner Ru Hua Zheng of Davis hopes to have it open in a couple of months.

About half of the 1,600-square-foot space will be filled with a kids’ play area, where little ones can explore while their parents socialize and enjoy family-friendly food and beverages. Business hours are tentatively set for 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., with play area hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Zheng will manage the cafe and employ three baristas. It will offer “a diverse, healthy menu for kids and adults. The playground will challenge the body as well the mind,” Zheng wrote in her permit application, which was approved by the Davis Planning Commission earlier this month.

“As a mother and a resident of city of Davis, my vision for a play cafe was ignited by the need for a safe, comfortable place for my toddler to play during the unpleasant weather (windy, hot, rainy, etc.),” she wrote. “I am advocate of doing things local. Thus, I hated driving outside the city for such (an) indoor playground.

“My goal for the play cafe is to provide a safe place for kids 0-5 to play while parents relax or socialize with other parents.”

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Carl’s Jr. will replace the former Wendy’s at 1701 Cowell Blvd. It will be the second full-service Carl’s Jr. in Davis, but the only one with a drive-through. There’s a stand-alone restaurant at East Covell Boulevard and Pole Line Road, as well as a smaller location inside The Silo at UC Davis.

Owner Frank “Tom” Oley hopes to have it open in December or January, a city planner reports. Because the Wendy’s location went unoccupied for more than six months, the city required Oley to obtain a new conditional use permit.

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Village Pizza & Grill remains closed after its June 11 kitchen fire. A sign on its door says, “We project to be open by the end of the month.” That may be optimistic. The closure came just days before the big Father’s Day and UC Davis graduation weekend, but three days after I was able to enjoy my birthday dinner there.

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Lydia Chu, who owns the three Executive Cleaners in town, has a lease for a space in the Roe Building, 764 Fifth St. But it’s not a cleaning business.

She plans to open Executive Alterations and Formal Wear by mid-July. It will be the only tuxedo rental store in Davis, and will specialize in alterations of wedding dresses and other formal wear, she said Tuesday. The three Executive Cleaners locations — on Lake Boulevard, G Street and Cowell Boulevard — also offer alterations.

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The John Natsoulas Gallery has a new, revamped café at 521 First St. called The Rosetta Café. It opened June 9.

The art gallery previously operated The Gallery Café for a short time, but continued to use the area for special events. The Rosetta Café is owned and operated by Scott Alesci, Jett Sartain and Christian Tribble, who sell coffee drinks, tea, 11 kinds of beer, hard cider and wine, food and desserts. Patrons can sit inside the café or on the patio.

The menu features Italian food such as bruschetta, spiedinis (Italian kebabs), panini sandwiches, wraps, salads and grilled flatbread. The owners also operate the three Cargo Coffee kiosks on campus, Alesci said Tuesday.

For more information, call 530-613-2551 or visit its Facebook page.

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FIT House, a fitness studio at 630 Peña Drive, is doubling its size, expanding from about 3,500 to 8,000 square feet, to accommodate a growing clientele base.

It offers personal training, power vinyasa yoga, boot camp, barre and Pilates classes. It recently added Spin FIT, a tough cycling workout that uses weights to incorporate upper-body work. (FIT is an acronym for functional, intense training).

As a patron, I’m excited about having access to locker rooms and showers. I’m pleased that they will add a dedicated yoga room for the amazing power vinyasa, yin and kids’ yoga classes (kids’ yoga will resume in the fall). The current multipurpose room will still be used for other fitness classes.

There’s also a personal and group training room featuring TRX and Rip Trainers, heavy battle ropes, plyometric boxes and gravity machines.

Owners Jen Miramontes and Lisa Herrington and their staff “offer an environment geared toward health and wellness that makes everyone feel comfortable and part of a community,” their city application said.

Also part of the addition, nutritionist Damian Bramer will have an onsite smoothie and salad bar called Healthy Twist and offer nutrition consultation services. The owners also plan to add massage and other wellness services.

Herrington said, “We are so excited about the expansion of FIT House. With our growing FIT House community, this will allow us to offer more classes and wellness services to our clients.”

For information, visit www.fithousedavis.com.

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Applebee’s in Davis just finished remodeling its interior, eliminating the artifacts and celebrity memorabilia in favor of local photos, many by local photographers. The neighborhood bar and grill is at 1753 Research Park Drive.

General manager Rick Perry gave me a quick tour on Tuesday. Photos portray city and UC Davis scenes and sports teams, with one wall dedicated to UCD sports. A mural on the back wall has images from professional sports teams in the region. Perry said photographs from Davis High School sports are in the works.

“It showcases the community and, of course, the university,” area director Randy Solon said.  The change is being done in all Applebee’s, to promote ties with the communities they serve.

— Wendy Weitzel is a Davis resident. Her column publishes 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 wendyedit@gmail.com

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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