Kevin Crilly offers up one of the most wanted sandwiches at Zia’s Delicatessen. Enterprise file photo

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Comings & Goings: Eat like your community depended on it

365体育投注Where do I start? I have a few traditional Comings & Goings announcements in this column but even those have been affected by COVID-19.

When I considered how to best cover all of these business changes, I realized there was one key message: Your spending choices matter. Sure, it’s easy to shop on Amazon or order food from a big chain. And, yes, they have local employees too. But most of those companies will survive this. Small businesses may not.

With nudges and assists from community members, restaurant owners and social media, I’ve begun to compile a list of Davis businesses — especially restaurants — we can still support. The ones still open are limited to takeout and/or delivery. And if they’re not, you might be able to get a gift card for later use. This is by no means a complete list, so apologies to those omitted. Comment on my Facebook posts or email me, and we’ll build on it from there. Watch for more updates on my Comings & Goings Facebook page.

Diego Gonzalez, owner of Taqueria El Burrito in E Street Plaza, contacted me on Wednesday for help assembling such a list. He quickly added a form to his website for businesses to add their information, . The most complete list I found was the Google spreadsheet on the Covid-19 Yolo Community Response group on Facebook, and the Davis Chamber of Commerce is starting to assemble a similar catalog. This column is limited to Davis to make it manageable.

My suggestion is to start with your favorites. Pick the ones who donated to your kid’s fundraiser, gave you excellent service or your favorite meal. Like your aunt, call and see how they’re doing.

I checked in with one of my go-to eateries, Village Pizza & Grill. Owner Aziz Fattah tried to keep it open for pickup and delivery but decided late Thursday it wasn’t worth it. Village Bakery remains open but the new Pizza & Pints is also closed.

It’s such a strange unknown. “It’s like one of those movies you hate to watch on TV — because it’s stupid,” he tried to joke, though he knows it’s deadly serious.

So, here’s an alphabetical list of some Davis restaurants that — as of early Friday afternoon — were confirmed open for takeout:

Ali Baba, Black Bear Diner, Blaze Pizza (free delivery), Burgers & Brew, BurgerIM, Café Bernardo, Chay Corner, Chickpeas Kitchen, Chipotle, Common Grounds, Crepeville, David’s Sushi Buffet, Dickey’s BBQ Pit (free delivery), Ding How, Dos Coyotes, Farmer’s Kitchen, Four Seasons Chinese, Good Friends Hawaiian Poke and Ramen, Halal Guys, Hometown Chinese Kitchen, The Hotdogger, Huku Japanese Bistro, Ike’s Sandwiches, iTea, Jack’s Urban Eats, Jusco Japanese Restaurant, Kathmandu Kitchen, Ket Mo Ree, Lamppost Pizza, Let Them Eat Cake, Manna Korean BBQ, Mikuni, Mishka’s, Open Rice Kitchen, Paesano’s, Panera Bread, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Pho King, Pink Dozen, Posh Bagel, Preethi Indian Cuisine, Raja’s Tandoor, Red 88 Noodle Bar, Sam’s Mediterranean Cuisine, Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, Steve’s Pizza, Symposium Restaurant, Taqueria Davis, Taqueria El Burrito (free delivery), Taqueria Guadalajara, Tasty Kitchen Chinese Cuisine, Teabo Café, Temple Coffee, Thai Canteen, Thai Nakorn, Third & U Cafe, Three Ladies Cafe, Tommy J’s Grill (inside Froggy’s), Upper Crust Baking (free delivery), Village Bakery, Wingstop, Wok of Flame, Woodstock’s Pizza (free delivery), Yakitori Yuchan, Yeti Restaurant, Yoloberry Yogurt, Zia’s Delicatessen, Zim Cuisine and Zumapoke and Lush Ice365体育投注. Many local farmers and agriculture businesses are offering delivery and/or pickup or community-supported agriculture subscriptions.

Temporary closures include all local fitness facilities, pools and SwimAmerica; most places offering non-essential personal beauty services; dentists offices for non-essential visits; all theaters and performance venues; Yolo County Library branches; Cultivé Frozen Yogurt; D Street Steakhouse; El Patio Davis; Fish’s Wild Island Grill; Hunan; Jump Bikes; Logos Books; the campus radio station KDVS; Season’s Kitchen and Bar; T.J.Maxx; Bistro 33; Taqueria La Piñata; Tres Hermanas; The UC Davis Store downtown; Village Pizza & Grill, Village Pizza & Pints; Wildhorse Golf Club Grill. It’s been cool to see fitness studios offer video instructions online, and see artists and musicians share their talents and energy.

Meanwhile, the following businesses are deemed essential, according to the county’s shelter-in-place order: grocery stores and Certified Farmers Markets like the Davis Farmers Market (though Picnic in the Park is postponed until at least May 13); hardware and home-supply stores like Davis Ace, Davis Home Trends and Redwood Barn Nursery. Many construction crews continue to work. Though city inspectors will not be going inside homes at this time, officials are working with contractors to submit photos for permit reviews. (This is helpful in finishing my bathroom remodel). Jeff Likes Clean Windows & Gutters has scaled down to essential exterior work related to home maintenance. Parcel Dispatch, PDQ is open.

365体育投注Also essential: newspapers and other media services (subscribe!), banks, laundry services, gas stations, auto and technology repair facilities, internet and phone service providers, and health and animal care, among others.

Other stores trying to stay open are the UC Davis Store on campus and Watermelon Music. Avid Reader has an online store. Clothing stores are struggling. Bars and many breweries are closed but trying to set up to-go or delivery of cans and bottles. The Davis Beer Shoppe is selling carry out items from its retail side, and Sudwerk Brewing Co.365体育投注 added to-go food and beer on Friday.

Several stores are offering temporary senior-only hours for those 65+ or with those health conditions. They include Davis Food Co-op, 8-9 a.m. daily; Nugget Markets, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 a.m. for the East Covell store and 7 to 8 a.m. for the Mace Boulevard store; Safeway, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Covell East Boulevard and 7 to 9 a.m. on Cowell Boulevard; Dollar General, 8-9 a.m. daily; and Target, 8-9 a.m. Wednesdays. College Cab is offering free grocery delivery to seniors 65 and older.


Pannier Foods is a new food delivery service for Davis residents. Owners Michael Raub and Cynthia Cart have high-end restaurant experience: Raub worked under Thomas Keller in Yountville, and Cart managed other facets at Michelin-starred restaurants. Raub was general manager at Pluto’s when it closed recently.

They planned “a soft rollout of our plant-slant lunch delivery concept” last week, Cart said. “However, over the weekend we decided to surrender to the circumstances of the changing climate and to see where our business could fill a greater need for the community.

365体育投注“We are currently offering dinner meal (no contact) delivery to our Davis neighbors with a limited menu of beautiful, high-quality, and scratch-made meals,” she said. “We moved to Davis over the summer from the East Bay where Mic had an esteemed career as a chef in Yountville restaurants and San Francisco hotels. As we settled into town, we were surprised by the lack of health-focused and local-produce-oriented food businesses. So here we are, taking matters into our own hands.”

It offers new American cuisine and naturally fermented sourdough. See more on Instagram and Facebook, or visit .


The Election 2020 Volunteer Center opened March 8, only to be closed for quarantine. But its work continues remotely. The office, a collaborative effort by Indivisible Yolo and Sister District CA-3, is at 720 Olive Drive, Suite D.

365体育投注The space is designed for community members to engage in phone banking, text banking, postcard writing, voter registration, and canvassing for the 2020 election. Sister District CA-3 and Indivisible Yolo are local chapters of two national grassroots groups that sprung up after the 2016 presidential election. They are focused on supporting progressive policies and candidates for political office.

365体育投注The calendar of events is at .


Second Street Studios is a new art and music space being organized one of the founders of Third Space Collective. The 1,400-square-foot warehouse is at Davis Storage, 1611 Second St., with a bathroom and gated access.

“We’ll be making preparations for custom spaces, built to suit your needs,” Dylan Wright said. “My vision for the space is to have a sound studio for practice and recording; several private and shared visual art studios; lots of shared open space, tools, and materials; ceramics, metalwork and woodwork shops; a kitchenette; and a kick-back area.”


The Davis Dirt, a local resource for Davis events and entertainment, is under new ownership. Publisher Ashley Muir Bruhn purchased the publication, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary. She launched a terrific website for what was once a mostly print publication. But then came the pandemic, canceling or rescheduling all public events — an entertainment editor’s nightmare. With things changing so often, Bruhn decided to suspend the print edition, at least for April.

“We will continue to update the website and focus on social media outreach in the meantime, and will revisit the print issue for May,” she wrote in an email to advertisers. “Please continue to submit events and share news we can help distribute.”

365体育投注Like The Enterprise, she runs a business “looking to help by being a point of contact for the community, providing amplification for business, and ideas on ways to support locally — ­if virtually.”

— Wendy Weitzel is a Davis writer and editor. Her column publishes on alternate Sundays. Check for frequent updates on her Comings & Goings Facebook and Instagram pages. If you know of a business coming or going in the area, contact her at [email protected]


Wendy Weitzel
Wendy Weitzel is a longtime journalist and Davis resident. She is a former managing editor of The Davis Enterprise, working there from 1998-2008. She has written her Comings & Goings business column since 2001. Today, she does freelance writing, editing and public relations.

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