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Sam’s moves next door, La Piñata breaks open

Sam’s Mediterranean Cuisine has a new home. On Sept. 21, it moved from 247 Third St. to 301 B St. (the former ciocolat spot). “Our new menu will slightly expand, with a few new additions,” owner Samir Abughannam said. “We will add more as we go along.” Run by a large contingent of the Abughannam […]

Downtown businesses prep for rush of students

It’s September in downtown Davis, which means businesses are moving quickly to accommodate the influx UC Davis students. Here are some Core Area highlights from recent Comings & Goings columns. Taqueria La Piñata is open in the former Enju Japanese space at 305 First St., at B Street. It has a large menu featuring authentic […]

Bored? Go boarding or be a beach bum in Woodland

Want to hang out on a white-sand beach and chill by the water? You can — in Woodland. Velocity Island, the wake park that opened a year ago in Woodland, just added an on-site restaurant and bar, and a stage for concerts. What’s more, there’s a new white-sand beach, where you can relax on an Adirondack chair […]

Hot Italian preparing to heat up Davis pizza wars

Plans are coming together for Hot Italian in Davis Commons. I met with founder Andrea Lepore, who is “super-excited to be here.” Lepore hopes to have the pizza restaurant open by late fall. It takes over the space last occupied by The Melt, and will expand into the spot behind it, where Verizon Wireless is, […]

August 30, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Cold poke, Hot Italian and a warm Temple welcome

Hoping to start a wave in Davis, a Sacramento couple plans to open a Hawaiian poke restaurant, featuring build-your-own sushi bowls and boozy shaved ice. Zuma Poke and Lush Ice will fill the last ground-floor spot in the 3+G building, next to Temple Fine Coffee and Tea at Third and G streets. They hope to […]

August 16, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Footwear in, frozen yogurt out

I’m back from a glorious vacation, and there’s lots of business news afoot. Famous Footwear is coming to Davis – to Second Street Crossing. The company website says the store will open Nov. 11 at 4625 Second St. An employee at the Woodland store confirmed the plans but not the location or date. On Thursday, […]

August 02, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Sacramento clothing boutique to add Davis store

A new women’s clothing boutique is coming to Davis. RIRE soon will move into 760 Fifth St., next to Executive Alterations & Formalwear in the Roe Building. It’s schedule to debut in September. RIRE has two other boutiques – on J Street in midtown Sacramento, and on Folsom Boulevard in East Sacramento. Owner Josie Lee said […]

July 05, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Comings and Goings: Lots brewing in Yolo County

Blue Note Brewing Company opened this weekend at 750 Dead Cat Alley in Woodland. It fills the former printing plant at The Daily Democrat. It’s a taproom with an occasional food truck. Outside food is welcome, and there are plenty of sandwich, burger and other restaurants nearby. Initial hours will be 4 to 9 p.m. […]

June 28, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Good news for downtown: No ‘goings’

There have been lots of changes in downtown businesses recently. What’s notable in the past few weeks, however, is that they are several “comings” and almost no “goings.” Here are some core-area highlights from recent columns. ———— Ground Zero Boardshop is scheduled to close on Sunday but reopen “as soon as possible” at a yet-to-be […]

June 25, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Shaved snow coming to U-Mall in another teahouse

Sno-Crave, a Taiwanese teahouse, is remodeling a space in University Mall where Sugar Plum yogurt was. Sno-Crave is based in the Bay Area, with locations in Milpitas, Union City and Fremont. A spokesman anticipates that the Davis teahouse will open in mid- or late July. The menu includes shaved snow (like Vampire Penguin) and other […]

June 21, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Fish sitting? It’s like pet sitting, only wetter

Yolo County’s biggest aquarium store, Rivers to Reef, is expanding its services, owner James Krause reports. In addition to freshwater and saltwater fish, plants and products, it will offer aquarium maintenance, fish sitting (like pet sitting), aquarium delivery and setup, and in-home consultations. For more information, stop by the store at 333 F St., Suite […]

June 07, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Boardshop seeks new Davis ground

Ground Zero Boardshop fans will be happy to know its owners are actively looking for a new site in Davis. Its original store at 225 G St. lost its lease over rent increases. It will close on June 28 but reopen “as soon as possible” at another downtown location, manager Kyle Feder said Thursday. Ground […]

May 31, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Baker raises the bar – s’more

There’s a new bakery in Davis, delivering an addicting version of a campfire favorite. Earlier this month, Davis resident and 2004 UC Davis grad Jenn Cheng launched S’mores Bar. It doesn’t have a storefront, but offers free delivery in Davis. The bars have a graham cracker crust and cookie dough middle mixed with marshmallows, chocolate […]

May 24, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Restaurant chains getting popular downtown

There have been lots of changes in downtown businesses recently. Here are some highlights from recent Comings & Goings columns. Comings: A new Italian restaurant and bar is planned for the former Little Prague site at 330 G St. The owners are connected to the Evelyn’s Big Italian Pizzeria & Ristorante in Vacaville, but do […]

May 28, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,
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