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 […]

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 […]