Comings & Goings: Open Air Davis adds Second Street
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Max Pandeleos, whose dad Yanni owns Symposium Restaurant, waits for a customer to pick up a pizza curbside. The restaurant is open for outside dining as well as takeout. (Owen Yancher/Enterprise photo)

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Comings & Goings: Open Air Davis adds Second Street

Comings & Goings column mugThe weekend outdoor dining and shopping experience called Open Air Davis is growing. It expanded to Second Street as of Friday. Launched June 26, the program helped several restaurants increase their capacity. After indoor dining was temporarily halted, it was the lifeline that let many places continue to serve onsite.

For the first two weeks, the program was on G Street, between Second and Third streets. For its third week, the program adds the block of Second Street between E and F streets. From Friday mornings through Sunday evenings, those street sections are open to pedestrians but closed to cars and bike riding.

To remain open for dining, Yolo County restaurants must have adjacent outside seating. Several other Davis restaurants are doing this, regardless if they are downtown, by using sidewalks and parking spaces.

In a news release, the Davis Downtown Business Association defined Open Air Davis as “any place and any time a downtown business offers individuals and families accommodations in an outdoor, fresh-air atmosphere.”

It called the event “an organic, collective response to state and county restrictions on businesses, (which) includes dozens of pop-ups and outdoor spaces throughout the downtown.” The program will continue through at least August.

Second Street participants are: Davis Wine Bar, with food; El Patio; Icekrimski Café; Mishka’s Café; and the UC Davis Downtown Store.

On Sunday from 6:30 to about 9 a.m., the Davis Phoenix Coalition will chalk Black Lives Matter artwork onto the Second Street asphalt between E and F streets.

This weekend’s G Street participants include G Street WunderBar and Three Mile Brewing, both with food and drinks, and Zumapoke. Continuing restaurants are Woodstock’s Pizza, Red 88 Noodle Bar and KetMoRee. The county said Friday morning that The Davis Beer Shoppe could reopen on its new patio.

To serve onsite, Three Mile partnered with Woodstock’s. Under current rules, the brewery’s onsite beer consumption (outside only) requires a food purchase on the same ticket. And following some hustle by Yolo County Supervisor Jim Provenza and evaluation by the county administrator, The Davis Beer Shoppe was permitted to do the same. An employee said late Friday that it planned to reopen on Saturday with food from Open Rice Kitchen.

Also on G Street, The Vault board shop plans a small, designated space for skateboarders to play an appropriately distanced Game of Skate. Kumon Math and Reader Center plans morning outdoor classes. A web page with a list of participating businesses was set to launch Friday morning at https://www.openairdavis.com

According to the DDBA, other downtown businesses with outdoor seating or accommodations include: Ali Baba, Baskin Robbins, Black Bear Diner, Bohème Hip Used Clothing, Burger Patch, Burgers & Brew, Cafe Bernardo, Cajun Feast, Cloud Forest Café, Cork It Again, Cultive Frozen Yogurt, De Vere’s Irish Pub, Froggy’s/Tommy J’s, Good Friends Hawaiian Poke & Ramen, The Hotdogger, The Mustard Seed, Noodle House, Paesano’s (tentative), Panera Bread, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Philz Coffee, Raja’s Tandoor, Steve’s Pizza, Taqueria El Burrito, Tea List, Temple Coffee, The Halal Guys, 3rd & U Café, Tim’s Hawaiian BBQ, Tres Hermanas, Yeti Restaurant and YoloBerry Yogurt.

The news release said dozens of restaurants “are popping up organically, where business owners have put focus on their outdoor seating and accommodations. Some businesses are building new patios, some are setting up additional seating, while others are simply refreshing their pre-existing outdoor areas.”

That includes the recently reopened Symposium Restaurant in East Davis, which has a shaded patio area out front.

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Jewelry makers, rejoice! A Better Place to Bead, 132 E St., Suite 150, in Mansion Square, is back open. Shoppers must use hand sanitizer as they enter the store.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, or by appointment. Call 530-759-8038.

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I continue to update and add details to my Google spreadsheet of some 275 Davis businesses affected by COVID-19. It’s 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.

Besides all of the bar closures, the following restaurants remain temporarily closed due to COVID-19: Crepeville, Delta of Venus, D Street Steakhouse and Sam’s Mediterranean Cuisine. Last month, Crepeville mentioned plans to reopen in late July.

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After Resler Brothers Barber Shop’s permanent closure on June 26, I received messages from more than a half-dozen people asking for contact information for owner Skeet Resler, who moved to Florida. His cell phone number is 916-204-7019.

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There’s a new nonprofit in Davis that refurbishes Apple computers and gives them to those in need. Retired UC Davis firefighter Terry Zimmer started the hobby more than 15 years ago, and turned it into a nonprofit, public-benefit corporation, iDream-The Mac Give Back Project, in October 2018.

Zimmer serves as executive director. Board members have Davis or UC Davis ties. They are Gabrielle Perez, Rose Cholewinski, Liz Applegate, Paola Pomeroy, Angel Perez and Isa Rutten. Ali Yule is ambassador and creative director.

While the pandemic has forced people to work and learn from 凯发体育官方sporthome, computer access is more important than ever. But not all families have a computer — much less multiple ones — to accommodate everyone’s needs.

On Friday, the nonprofit marked its 100th gift to an individual who lacked access to computer technology. Recent recipients include a middle school student in Woodland, a Woodland student who needed the MacBook to prepare for and take the GED, and one who needed a computer for college. Schools and international students receiving donations include Peregrine School in Davis, a Cameron Park trainer for a Guide Dogs for the Blind, a Fulbright Fellow in Brazil, an elementary school director in China, and a student attending college in Costa Rica.

Ana, a Yolo County mom who received a MacBook, said, “I’ve been using a friend’s laptop to take an online course in basic computer skills to achieve my goals at work, but sometimes she is busy using it at school. With my own laptop, I will now be able to achieve my goal.”

Its website is https://www.idreammac.com.

— 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]

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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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