Love grilled cheese? Chase it with a Kaia workout

The Melt opened with fanfare in Davis Commons. Wednesday was its official opening day, but there were multiple preview events. A social media giveaway on Tuesday drew 727 people and the Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh. Spokeswoman Aarti Mehta said many of those in attendance mentioned this column! My husband and I stopped by Wednesday night, […]

Comings & Goings: Smoke Hut pops up in East Davis

A new smoke shop opened on Halloween in Oak Tree Plaza, and it’s a hot topic on my Comings & Goings Facebook page. Smoke Hut is at 1300 E. Covell Blvd., next to Cenario’s Pizza and Pink Dozen Donuts. Owner Mosen Aly of Elk Grove sells hookahs, cigarettes and e-cigarettes, water pipes, tobacco, incense and […]

Comings & Goings: Jamba Juice gets the squeeze

Jamba Juice in Davis Commons is closing. Its last day will be Tuesday, Nov. 12. A store employee said the store’s lease came up, and Whole Foods Market outbid Jamba for the space. (Jamba’s outlet in The Marketplace in North Davis will remain open.) Kristen Tantarelli, who handles marketing and communications for Whole Foods Davis, […]

Judy’s Grinder heading to E Street spot

That was quick. The revolving door I wrote about for the former Discoveries spot is already being filled with a burger joint. Judy’s Grinder, a Woodland eatery since 1977, is opening a new one at 213 E St., Suite A, where Huong Lan Sandwiches just closed. A sign out front says it will open on Nov. 4. It’s also hiring. The […]

Comings & Goings: Another closure for doomed Discoveries site

Could the former Discoveries space at 213 E St. be cursed? It’s been a revolving door of businesses. Since 2011, it’s been a mattress store, used furniture store, Luigi’s pizza and International Bistro. And on Oct. 11, Huong Lan Sandwiches closed. The Vietnamese (Bánh Mì) sandwich shop opened early this year. It still has a […]

Comings & Goings: Change in the wind at Café Mediterranee

Café Mediterranee, the Middle Eastern restaurant at 113 D St., is closing at the end of the month. A new owner, Kitchen Counter LLC, will take over in November. According to the liquor license change notice posted in the window, the new name will be Wind of Change. I’ll let you know when I get […]

Dickey’s Barbecue is Davis-bound

A Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has a lease and business license to occupy the former McDonald’s Express space at 640 W. C0vell Blvd., Suite D, in Anderson Plaza. It could be open as soon as January, the owner reports. The spot has been vacant for a year. The owners are James and Amanda Domsic of Sacramento. […]

Comings & Goings: CREAM and coffee bliss in Davis

The rain was steady on Saturday, Sept. 21, but so was the line for free ice cream sandwiches on opening day for CREAM. Ice cream fans, especially teens and college students, held umbrellas to stay dry in the line that stretched from 110 F St., next to the Hallmark Inn lobby, to the AT&T Store […]

Common Grounds may open Tuesday

Common Grounds Coffee may reopen as soon as Tuesday in its new grounds, owner Son Chung reports. “I just want my customers back,” he said Thursday night, as he showed me the inside of the new space, next door to the old one. Chung lost his lease in March when Oakshade Town Center’s landlord, Regency […]

Grocers adding beer gardens for craft brews, kombucha

More is on tap for the Nugget Market in East Davis. By spring or next summer, the grocery store at 1414 E. Covell Blvd. should have an enclosed beer garden. The licensing and plans are all in order, Wine Steward Michael Taylor said, but the company has other construction projects it needs to finish first, […]

Lee’s Deli gives the dish on its concept

Lee’s Deli, at the east end of University Mall, may open later this month, as soon as Aug. 12, a spokeswoman said. The family-owned chain has a dozen locations in San Francisco and one in Berkeley. The Davis menu includes “made-to-order deli sandwiches, Japanese ramen, Chinese wonton noodle soup, Vietnamese sandwiches; a self-serve soup bar; […]

Flea market finds home for Father’s Day weekend

Looking for a fun Father’s Day outing? Take Dad to the Davis Flea Market. This weekend is the grand opening for its new, permanent venue at 946 Olive Drive. The monthly event runs Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The next two events are July 27-28 and Aug. 24-25, with the same hours, organizer […]

Shake-up for DQ — and more competition

Dairy Queen is gone — but in name only. Owner Shahid Iqbal officially gave up his fight against the company and went independent this month. Its new name is Davis Burgers & Shakes, but its menu is “97 percent the same.” The signage and menu board changed, but its prices and basic ingredients didn’t. The […]