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Comings and goings: Japanese restaurants on a roll

It’s August, and new restaurants are gearing up to open before the student rush. Two new sushi restaurants just debuted, along with a Middle Eastern one. A third Japanese restaurant should be ready next month, as will some other specialty eateries. ———— Enju Japanese Restaurant opened on Aug. 1 at the former Hoa Viet spot […]

Coffee and shawarma scene heating up

I have confirmed that Temple Fine Coffee and Tea is coming to downtown Davis. CEO Sean Kohmescher said they’ve been “working on a space for a year and a half,” but he wants to keep the details a surprise. Although he and the developer would not officially confirm a location, all clues point to the […]

Snow on G Street? It’s a sweet thing

It may be summer, but that hasn’t slowed the flow of business news in Davis. And soon, shaved snow will bring sweet rewards. The addition of the cool dessert cafe Vampire Penguin is one story in a flurry of news coming from G Street. These pertain to The Depot Building at Second and G streets, and Court ’N […]

Comings and Goings: Wake park makes you forget you’re in Woodland

Taking my teenage boys to Velocity Island Park on its opening day only for a photo opportunity was like showing my dog the tennis ball without throwing it. Instead of appreciation, there was frustration — and possibly some drooling. Velocity Island Park, a wakeboarding park with cable pulleys, opened on Thursday. It’s at the former Dubach […]

Little Prague bids farewell; Pizza, subs to fill Dimple

After 22 years, Little Prague Bohemian Restaurant will serve its last meals Sunday. The Farmer’s Wife Bakery portion of the business will close as well. Old Soul Co. is leasing the restaurant, courtyard and bar at 330 G St. Little Prague will offer brunch Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 4 to […]

Styles For Less, Old Soul plans revealed

What’s going in near Target? That’s Comings & Goings’ most frequently asked question. And I finally have some news. The management company said leases were just finalized for a Styles For Less and Verizon Wireless. And there are more announcements ahead, said Warren Hughes, asset manager for Buzz Oates Management Services. “We are also working […]

DQ’s wavy roofline retained for office space

With construction under way, I’m getting lots of questions about the former Dairy Queen building at 909 Fifth St. As I’ve mentioned before, Indigo Hammond + Playle Architects is keeping the exterior lines of the building and adding on, creating an office space for its business. Contractors have cleaned out the interior and removed the […]

Kava bar to open, ciocolat storefront closes

I toured The Root of Happiness Kava Bar on Wednesday, right after the inspectors. It may be ready for a soft opening by Friday, June 27. The bar, at 211 F St. in the E Street Plaza, is filled with comfy couches, tables and bar stools. The largest wall in the bar features a mural […]

Japanese bistro delayed; 3rd and G tenants set new sites

The owner of Huku Japanese Bistro reportedly pulled his plans to open a restaurant in the El Macero Shopping Center. “I don’t know when we can open the restaurant,” Jaejin Kim said. “We need to restart every step again, because we are going to change the spot.” Kim, who also owns the new Ramen Hook inside […]

More boba tea to flow downtown

A boba tea shop called Lazi Cow is brewing up plans for 407 G St., Suite 4. Construction is scheduled to start this week, with the goal to open in August. The space was last occupied by Quick Clean laundry and dry cleaning. I spoke with Jimmy Phu, who owns Lazi Cow with fellow Southern […]

Comings and Goings: New clothes, and new life for magazine

There’s a new women’s clothing boutique in Davis. Shu Shu’s is at 227 E St., Suite 3, in the alley between Chipotle and Peet’s. The last tenant there was Davis Estate Jewelry & Antiquities. Owner Shokoufeh Hanjani offers clothing, accessories and shoes. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and noon to […]

Pranksters turn Dimple into a raging moat

An anonymous posting on Davis Wiki and Facebook is spreading rumors that a nightclub called “MoT” will soon fill the former Dimple Records spot at 212 F St. The page has a link to a website with a video of the concept, saying its name is pronounced “mote.” I’ve been in contact with the city […]

Comings & Goings: Discount wine merchant has a green twist

Cork It Again Wine Sellers opened Friday at 820 Fourth St. It’s a discount retail wine outlet and tasting room. About half of the wine comes from its winery partner, Donald D. Berdahl II in Lodi. The other half is from local wineries, said operations manager Jake Lenz, whose parents John and Jeanene Lenz own […]

Old Soul looking downtown, Enju due by fall

Comings & Goings readers worked hard for me this week, passing on tips and reaching out to businesses as far as Sacramento. Tim Jordan, one of the owners of Old Soul Co. in Sacramento, even noted in an email, “We’ve had quite a bit of new interest since your last reporting. We are working on […]

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