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Tucos closes; new Japanese, pizza, subs debut

The esteemed wine bar and restaurant Tucos closed last Sunday. Owner and chef Pru Mendez told me he ran out of money. Tucos opened in 2004 in the Depot Building at 130 G St., and expanded into an adjoining space in 2011. Mendez served inventive and delicious small plates, highlighting local bounty. His wine list […]

Fitness programs gain momentum, heat

Fitness options are expanding rapidly in Davis. Thrive is a new women’s program at Get Fit Davis. The eight-week program “centers around fitness, food and well-being,” said owner/coach Amy Spence, a 1996 Davis High grad. She’s a triathlete who “returned to Davis in 2013 to raise my 3 kids under 6.” It kicks off on […]

Make way for more Mexican food

The Mexican food restaurant La Piñata has a “Coming Soon” sign up at the former Enju Japanese Restaurant space at First and B streets. Enju closed last month. La Piñata is a Bay Area brand, with taquerias in Hayward, San Leandro, Newark, Fremont, Concord, Pittsburg and Novato. Its website says it’s been serving Mexican food […]

With new owner, DAC will Get Fit

Davis Athletic Club will change owners on Wednesday. Nick Walejeski of Get Fit Davis purchased the 24,000-square-foot facility at 1809 Picasso Ave. The new owner plans to continue leasing the Get Fit Davis space at 2795 Second St. The DAC facility will adopt the new company’s name. Current memberships will be grandfathered in, with an […]

Davis’ restaurant glut slays Silver Dragon

After more than 25 years, the Chinese restaurant Silver Dragon is closing. The eatery, at 335 F St., is due to change hands on April 1, a family member said. Jimmy Kieng, brother of owner Nhi Kieng, said another Asian restaurant — possibly specializing in seafood ­— would replace Silver Dragon. It was 1:30 p.m. on […]

March 22, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

New buzz in store for bar space

The owners of ChickPeas think Anderson Plaza needs a caffeine fix. They plan to open a coffeehouse called Coffee Shots in the West Covell Boulevard center. Mike and Ilanit “Valerie” Ben Namer once owned a coffee shop in Israel. In August, they opened ChickPeas, which serves quick and tasty Middle Eastern food. They have a […]

March 15, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

It’s game over for Memorial Union arcade

It’s the end of an era for UC Davis’ Memorial Union Games Area. The arcade games and pool table were sold on Wednesday. It is all part of the Memorial Union Renewal project, which begins March 23. Matt Facile, director of building services for Campus Recreation and Unions, told UCD’s Dateline that the token-operated games […]

March 08, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Online store will celebrate, mock People’s Republic of Davis

As Davis residents, we know our town has a quirky side. Shelley Dunning wants us to wear that with pride — perhaps on a T-shirt, bumper sticker or poster. Dunning will unveil The Davis Store and Free Museum on April 1 (no foolin’). The planned e-commerce site is http://thedavisstore.com. Merchandise will laud some of the fodder […]

March 01, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Caffé Italia dancing to a new menu

Caffé Italia has a new menu, and is transitioning to a new name​. “Not to worry … everything is the same … except for the name!” its Facebook page says. Kevin and Shar Katz also own Dancing Tomato Caffé in Yuba City. The Davis menu highlights the restaurant as a family dining, coffee shop, pizzeria, bar […]

February 22, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Comings and Goings: Tuesday Morning says good night

Sunday is Tuesday Morning’s last morning at the El Macero Shopping Center. It’s closing. Employees at the discount home goods store say plans are to relocate somewhere else in Davis – in 2016. The retailer is at 417 Mace Blvd. ———— Also in the El Macero center, Huku Japanese Bistro is finishing up construction at 4615 […]

February 15, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Grilled cheese outlet melts; RadioShack to Sprint

The Melt served its last grilled cheese on Tuesday in Davis Commons. The eatery didn’t have the space to accommodate the chain’s new concept, which included burger melts and chicken melts. Employees told me last month that the company might be looking for another location in town. The store, at 500 First St., opened in […]

February 08, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Japanese fondue dips into Davis scene

There’s a “coming soon” sign for Shabu Extreme at the former Judy’s Grinders spot at 213 E St. Shabu shabu (translated “swish swish”) is a Japanese fondue dish, with thinly sliced meat, seafood and vegetables. Customers cook the items in boiling broth at their table. I hope that swishing sound isn’t a revolving door. The location […]

February 01, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

New offices and gyms take root

You may have read Friday about Pollinate Davis, a new co-working space at 508 Second St. Expected to open Feb. 1, it offers a network of offices, conference rooms, work areas and equipment. The environment should encourage collaboration and creativity among entrepreneurs, freelancers and startups, and give a new option for those of us who work […]

January 18, 2015 | Posted in Comings and Goings | Tagged ,

Comings and Goings: New brewery on tap for downtown

Since 2011, the Sacramento region has added more than two dozen new breweries. But in Davis, 25-year-old Sudwerk Brewing Co. stands alone. Until now. Three Mile Brewing Company is coming downtown, and could be pouring by year’s end. I spoke with Joe Runner, one of seven partners with the brewery. The nanobrewery and taproom will be […]

January 11, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,
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