Open Air Davis launched Friday, closing part of G Street to traffic, and allowing restaurants and stores to expand onto the sidewalk and street.
Part of G Street — north of Open Rice Kitchen to Third Street — will close all day Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The Davis Downtown Business Association manages the space allocations. Participating businesses must be a part of the Downtown Business Improvement District (merchants pay mandatory membership fees if their business is downtown). Restaurants are required to have tables in front of their own address.
Starting July 10, the program will grow to include Second Street between E and F streets. City and DDBA officials plan to continue the Open Air Davis schedule for at least 10 weeks, through the end of August, possibly into September.
As of Thursday, participating businesses for this weekend included KetMoRee, G Street WunderBar, Red 88 Noodle Bar, Woodstock’s Pizza and The Davis Beer Shoppe. Froggy’s Bar/Tommy J’s Grill has tables set up in adjacent parking spaces but is not within the street closure. The DDBA expects retail and service businesses to join Open Air Davis starting July 3. The dining tables are reserved for specific restaurants and bars. Patrons will not be able to consume food or drink from other venues unless it’s usually allowed, like at The Davis Beer Shoppe, which permits outside food.
The program helps businesses serve more customers while observing physical distancing and other health protocols. With COVID-19 cases continuing, some patrons often have fewer concerns about dining out if it’s outside. Signs will be posted with reminders about face coverings and 6-foot distancing between members from different households.
It also encourages “more public interaction with downtown businesses this summer in a responsible way to help our local economy and business survival,” a Downtown Davis news release said.
Each vendor space will be separated by at least 11 feet, and streets closed to traffic will maintain a minimum of 10-foot clearance down the center for pedestrians and emergency access. Bicyclists must walk their bikes.
During street closures, the city does not require a temporary use permit. Permits are required, however, if that business wants to use public space on other days of the week or at secondary location. Applications are free.
Participating businesses are responsible for their customer-service areas, and must follow all Yolo County restrictions related to COVID-19, health codes and alcohol consumption. According to the news release, this includes rules related to “face coverings, table/chair spacing, sanitation and restroom accessibility, trash disposal, etc. Participating business personnel will clear tables, remove debris, and clean promptly after each seating and ensure customers maintain social distancing protocols.”
Starting Aug. 1, Taste of Thai is rebranding to become a Thai/Japanese fusion restaurant. The new name is probably going to be Ramen Gu, though that’s still being discussed, an employee said Thursday.
She said it will be a combination of Thai and Japanese style food. The restaurant is at 301 G St.
BurgerIM reopened on June 22 for dine-in and takeout. Hours are 1 to 7 p.m. daily at 206 E St.
De Vere’s Irish Pub closed for a brief remodel, then reopened on June 25 for dine-in, by reservation only. It still offers to-go and curbside pickup options.
New modified hours are 3-8 p.m. Thursdays, 3-11 Fridays, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. It’s at 217 E St.
See’s Candies is back open for pickup at 1361 W. Covell Blvd. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Customers must order ahead at https://pickup.sees.com/.
And The Candy House of Davis is open at 901 Third St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
A Room of Our Own Massage will be back open July 1, with outdoor service.
Massage therapist Caitlin Eichorn moved her practice to a private backyard space. She will be open Wednesdays through Sundays, in the mornings and early afternoons, “to provide cool, shaded sessions with maximum air circulation.” More details and online booking are at https://www.aroomofourownmassage.com.
I continue to update and add details to my Google spreadsheet of businesses affected by COVID-19, at https://bit.ly/DavisBusinesses. In it, there are sheets for Restaurants-open, Restaurants-closed, Businesses-retail, Businesses-service, Special hours (for older adults or compromised shoppers), and Gifting Stimulus Program beneficiaries. The notes mention if they are Black-owned businesses. Please email [email protected] to suggest updates.
The following restaurants remain temporarily closed due to COVID-19: Crepeville, Delta of Venus, D Street Steakhouse and Sam’s Mediterranean Cuisine. Crepeville plans to reopen in July.
— Wendy Weitzel is a Davis writer and editor. Her column runs on 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]