Common Grounds — the popular South Davis coffee shop that closed abruptly on March 31 after losing its lease in the Oakshade Town Center — will be reopening in a few months in a vacant storefront adjacent to its former location.
Michelle Kim, co-owner of the coffee shop along with her husband Son Chong, said the local hue and cry over the coffee shop’s abrupt closure apparently reached the ears of Regency Centers, the Florida-based company that owns Oakshade Town Center at Cowell Boulevard and Pole Line Road.
“The news article in The Enterprise, the letters to the editor, the phone calls that people made really helped,” Kim said. “I hear Assemblymember Mariko Yamada made a call on our behalf. The community support made a difference.”
Regency Centers contacted Kim and Chong last week, offering them a lease on the storefront that previously hosted Mermaids Seafood and Grill, which closed some time ago. (Several other restaurants have opened and closed in the same location over the past 12 years, including Fins Market and Grill, Duke’s Sports Bar and Grill and Fusions Asian Bistro.)
“It is a little bit smaller than our former location, but it is in the same part of the shopping center,” Kim said. The new location also has an outdoor courtyard area that the original Common Grounds location lacked.
“We have signed the lease, Regency Centers have signed the lease, it’s a done deal. They will hand us a key in June, we have 120 days for construction, and then we will open, probably in mid-August.”
Common Grounds has been in business at Oakshade Town Center for 12 years, and has become a popular hangout and meeting place. Along with Dos Coyotes Border Café, which is also locally owned, Common Grounds has been one of few stable businesses in a wing of the shopping center where several other restaurants, ice cream parlors and sandwich shops have come and gone over the years.
Pet Food Express, part of a Bay Area chain, will be moving into the storefront formerly occupied by the Yolo Federal Credit Union as well as the original Common Grounds space. The store is expected to open this fall.
— Reach Jeff Hudson at [email protected] or 530-747-8055.