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Will Dunkin’ Donuts or a huge hotel fill some Davis holes?

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From page A9 | March 09, 2014 |

Dunkin’ Donuts announced Wednesday that it’s coming to Davis. Where? It won’t say.

The Davis store will be part of a 46-restaurant expansion in the greater Sacramento area. The franchise-based company offers “flexible concepts for any real estate format, including free-standing restaurants, … gas and convenience, travel plazas, universities, as well as other retail environments,” a news release said.

I would think the franchisee has a site in mind. The university option seems likely, especially after speaking with the developer at the Target center (see below).

I didn’t think there was a hole in the Davis doughnut scene, but when I posted it on my Comings & Goings Facebook page, I got dozens of comments, including, “I’m pretty sure your post just changed my life,” and “You made my day!”

There was also concern for the locally owned Fluffy Donuts and Pink Dozen, and how Dunkin’ Donuts would affect them. Besides doughnuts (learn to spell it right, people!), Dunkin’ Donuts’ menu features hot and cold specialty drinks, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, baked goods, and quite a few options under 400 calories.

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Plans were submitted to the city on Tuesday: a 120-room hotel and conference center where University Inn and Caffé Italia stand. Caffé Italia’s owners are still looking for a new home in Davis.

The proposal for 1111 Richards Blvd., submitted by Davis hotel and real estate developers Ashok and Ken Patel, calls for a seven-story Embassy Suites Hotel, according to my colleague Mark Anderson at the Sacramento Business Journal. It is just the first step in a many-phased review city process, so stay tuned.

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I’m sure the developer is getting annoyed with my pestering but apparently there’s still not much news on the future stores next to Target and T.J. Maxx.

Kevin Ramos of Buzz Oates Group of Companies said Wednesday, there’s “nothing we can comment on yet, but (there are) four or five leases in the works.”

What about Dunkin’ Donuts? I asked.

“We are not dealing with DD at this time,” Ramos said, “but our marketing team is reaching out to them to see if we can get them interested.”

To squelch another long-standing rumor, what about 5 Guys Burgers?

“We had deal terms agreed to with 5 Guys but then they pulled the plug before getting a lease executed,” he said. “We have not had conversations with them for about six months.”

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Radio Shack is still cutting stores. Last week, it announced it plans to close 1,100 stores. The list has not been made public — reportedly not even finalized — so we don’t know the fate of the Davis store at 634 G St.

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Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is hiring staff and looking to open in April, owner James Domsic said. The restaurant fills the former McDonald’s Express space at 640 W. Covell Blvd.

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Sweet & Shavery, a new Italian shave ice dessert store at 210 E St., was scheduled to open on Saturday.

Regular hours are from noon to 10 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, noon to midnight on Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.

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The owners of The Root of Happiness Kava Bar told me they plan to open it on April 20 — Easter Sunday. It’s at 211 F St.

They are bringing an artist from Easter Island to paint a 15-by-20-foot mural. “We are excited to come to Davis,” said Tyler Blythe and Travis Lowin, who also own The Root of Happiness in Rancho Cordova.

Kava is a traditional Polynesian, nonalcoholic beverage touted for its calming effects. The Davis bar will serve kava downstairs, and offer a lounge with couches and games upstairs. Other menu items were to include kombucha, teas, coffee and teriyaki rice bowls.

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Fretted Strings opened Tuesday at 231 G St., Studio 27, in Court ’N Cedar.

The shop, owned by guitar maker and repair expert Harrison Phipps, is part of the Radiate Art Collaborative. As part of the Second Friday ArtAbout on March 14, finger-style virtuoso guitarist Keith Richman will perform.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, and Saturdays by appointment. For more information, visit www.frettedstrings.com or call 530-304-1886.

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Awards & More of Davis appears to be close to opening at 1340 E. Covell Blvd., Suite 102, in the Nugget shopping center. It fills the void left when Davis Awards & Watchworks closed in January.

It will offer trophies, plaques, name badges, nameplates, custom engraving, and watch battery replacements and band adjustments.

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Development has stalled with the Bear Factory Tea Lounge, on Lake Boulevard in Westlake Plaza. Owner Paul Cerna said plans are “95 percent complete” but he’s looking for some partners to help with funding to finish the project.

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In honor of Sacramento Beer Week, which concludes today, I offer an update on some West Sacramento breweries:

Yolo Brewing Company owner Mike Costello, founder of the former Brew It Up in Davis and Sacramento, reported success Wednesday with inspections by California Alcohol Beverage Control. It takes another month for federal and state licensing, so he’s hoping for a mid-April to early May opening at 1520 Terminal St., West Sacramento.

Costello plans to operate it as a craft brewery, beer hall and personal brewery. For more information, visit http://yolobrew.com.

Nearby, Jackrabbit Brewing Company, at 1315 Terminal St. in West Sacramento, released its first kegs to Sacramento area bars and restaurants in January. It was founded by avid home brewers and specializes in Belgian, English and German brews. While it doesn’t have its own taproom, I’ve seen its beers at The Davis Beer Shoppe. For more information, visit http://jackrabbitbrewingcompany.com/index.html.

Cheers!

— 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 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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