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 […]

Jack’s debuts; Mustard Seed adds hours

Jack’s Urban Eats opened Thursday in The Marketplace. The concept is similar to Pluto’s, and is popular with young people, partner Bobby Coyote said on opening day. Its custom, quick-service menu features carver sandwiches, buildable salads, chicken strips, and specialty sides like sweet potato fries or Urban Fries with blue cheese and chili oil; mac […]

Comings and Goings: Plans brewing for collaborative tea house — with a twist

Davis Community Church members are still working on a business plan to turn their 3,500-square-foot Fellowship Hall into a nonprofit, collaborative tea and coffee house and arts venue. Mosaic Tea & Coffee would provide job training and experience for people with disabilities. It would use a pay-what-you-can model and be the first in town to […]

New grilled cheese, if you please

The Melt, which serves “grilled cheese happiness,” is coming soon to Davis Commons. The eatery fills Ben & Jerry’s former space. The San Francisco chain has 14 stores in the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Davis will be its 15th. “This fast casual eatery combines chef-inspired, all natural, wholesome food with innovative online ordering technology […]

Wingstop on its way by end of April?

There hasn’t been a Downtown Davis wrap-up column since October, so I’ll have to give you some quick bites on the Comings & Goings news since then. These are all updates from ongoing coverage of downtown businesses. To read more, visit http://davisenterprise.com/wendy. The following downtown bars, restaurants and food stores were in the news: El […]

Dairy Queen gets reprieve until October

One of Davis’ longest-running fast-food restaurants, Dairy Queen, will remain open through the warm months, its owner said Friday. The restaurant, at 909 Fifth St., faces approximately $50,000 in mandated accessibility improvements. Owner Shahid Iqbal said the franchise is asking him to foot the bill for Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, which he can’t afford. A “for lease” […]

Rostini closes, Huong Lan Sandwiches opens

It was a shock to hear that Rostini’s Italian Kitchen closed last week. My family just ate there the Friday before, and it was so busy we had to wait for a table. The Marketplace eatery was at 1411 W. Covell Blvd., No. 111. It was the first of its kind from the Mary’s Pizza […]

Comings & Goings: Family Dollar, Wingstop on their way

Family Dollar is coming to Davis. The discount retailer is scheduled to open late this year next to Westlake IGA Market on Lake Boulevard, a company spokeswoman confirmed Thursday. The company’s fact sheet says its vision is “to be the best small-format convenience and value retailer, serving the needs of families in our neighborhoods.” Its core […]

The Mustard Seed restaurant is in escrow

The Mustard Seed restaurant may soon change hands, but the upscale eatery will remain intact. Robyn Bergman, who has owned the restaurant for more than 30 years with her husband Paul, confirms that the couple plan to retire this spring if everything goes as planned. Bergman, 60, said her restaurant is one of the oldest […]

Four places open just as students leave on break

While UC Davis students started their winter break last week, four new Davis businesses emerged. El Toro Bravo Mexican Kitchen finally opened last Sunday — 10 months after posting its liquor license application in the former Baja Fresh spot at 237 D St. The menu sounds familiar: tacos, quesadillas, burritos, enchiladas, fajitas and rellenos, but adds interesting […]

Bravo! New Mexican, coffee and tea spots

The long-awaited El Toro Bravo Mexican Kitchen may open as soon as this week, an owner reports. The Mexican fusion restaurant is in the former Baja Fresh spot at 237 D St. It’s under the same ownership as nearby Burgers & Brew and Crepeville. Co-owner Derar Zawaydeh was dealing with inspections last week. “It has been rough going, trying […]

Taqueria opens, Dutch Bros. pouring soon

Taqueria El Burrito opened on Wednesday in the former Great Wall of China II space at 223 F St., in the E Street Plaza. Owner Jose Cortez said he’s wanted to open an eatery in Davis since before he opened one in Natomas two years ago. It took this long to find the right spot. […]