Comings & Goings: Dine-in plans dialed back; final Resler brother retires
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While brother Roger works in the background, Skeet Resler gives haircut to Jim Case in 2010 at the landmark Resler Brothers Barber Shop. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise file photo

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Comings & Goings: Dine-in plans dialed back; final Resler brother retires

With Yolo County’s closure of bars and indoor dining, Open Air Davis is even more relevant.

Wednesday’s decision ­— which took effect Friday and lasts for at least three weeks — shuttered bars and most breweries. Restaurants cannot serve inside. Same for wineries and tasting rooms. If a brewery has an on-site restaurant and outside seating, it can stay open. Other affected indoor businesses are family entertainment centers, movie theaters, zoos, museums and card rooms (except on tribal land).

That changed operations for businesses like Three Mile Brewing, The Davis Beer Shoppe, Davis Wine Bar and G Street WunderBar. Three Mile Brewing reverted to pickup of online orders. The Davis Beer Shoppe is also limited to retail sales. WunderBar and similar taverns are closed.

The change does not affect Sudwerk Brewing Co., which has a restaurant, and serves food and beverages on The Dock’s patio. Dunloe Brewing and Super Owl Brewing had not reopened to onsite consumption. Both offer retail sales a couple of times a week.

Sarah Worley, business engagement manager for the city, was working Thursday to notify bars and restaurants about the new order. She said it’s frustrating for the businesses. “We’ve just seen our restaurants start to reopen. They’ve hired staff, they have food, they purchased products and things.” She told attendees at the Davis Downtown Marketing Committee meeting that she is advising business owners, and working with officials to seek possible solutions.

Pence Gallery closed to the public on Friday. It offers virtual tours via its YouTube channel.

Open Air Davis continues this weekend, with several restaurants expanding their capacity to allow outdoor dining in the street. For the second week in a row, Open Air Davis takes over part of G Street — north of Open Rice Kitchen to Third Street. From Friday morning through Sunday evening, the street is open to pedestrians but closed to cars. Bicyclists must walk their bikes. The program will continue through at least August.

This weekend’s participants include the four restaurants that were there last week: Woodstock’s Pizza, Red 88 Noodle Bar and KetMoRee. Froggy’s/Tommy J’s is participating but is not within the enclosed area.

Brett Maresca, director of the Davis Downtown Business Association, said, “It is important to note that Open Air Davis is not solely the closed-street areas. It is a program that is all-inclusive to downtown businesses.

“Now more than ever, finding innovative, reasonable and affordable ways to conduct business in an open-air environment is becoming essential. The DDBA and the city of Davis are collaboratively working on growing the program, and it has allowed for more businesses to expand into an outdoor environment while providing space for the public to enjoy a safer, refreshing open-air atmosphere.”

He said many businesses around downtown modified operations, expanding into outdoor spaces. For example, Taqueria El Burrito has seating in E Street Plaza. Though many restaurants that don’t have outdoor seating would like to participate in the Open Air Davis program, county health department rules say restaurants may only serve food adjacent to their business.

Starting July 10, the program expands onto Second Street, for the block between E and F streets. There, more retail businesses will jump in. The DDBA plans to launch a new web page ­– openairdavis.com – by late next week. It will list participants and highlight downtown businesses.

Though widely well-received, the plan found some critics. Late on Sunday, June 28, someone intentionally ran over the A-frame barricades on each end of G Street, damaging the signs, according to Bob Bowen, the city’s public relations manager.

Maresca said consumers feel safer in an outdoor environment, and emphasizes it’s up to the businesses to enforce mask and distancing rules. “There’s significant concern with the public getting together in any way, especially with the spikes (in virus cases). We’re doing our best to communicate with our businesses to abide by the guidelines. We really want to see this continue.”

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After 41 years, Resler Brothers Barber Shop closed on June 26, when Skeet Resler retired. The business was at 231 G St., Suite 7.

Thursday was Day 6 of Skeet Resler’s retirement, and I spoke with him by phone from his new 凯发体育官方sporthome in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. He moved there to be closer to his daughter and sister, who live on the East Coast.

“I’m done and I’m tired. I can’t keep this up. I’ve been a beach boy for years,” he said. The former Sacramento resident closed his barber shop for one week every year, for a vacation in Hawaii.

The 71-year-old has been working alone in the barber shop since his younger brother Roger left suddenly in 2017. Skeet said it’s a long story, but they haven’t spoken since.

Skeet Resler started at Leo’s Barber Shop in 1980. He left in 1988 to open his own shop in the Washington Mutual building with his brother. In 2014, they moved to the Court ’N Cedar building on G Street.

The shop was known for two things: Its loquacious, bickering barbers and the 200-plus college pennants that hung from the walls and ceiling. The pennants were gifts from young clients when they went away to college.

“My daughter said, “Dad, that’s your legacy,’ ” he said, stopping as he was overcome with emotion. “There are so many stories with every pennant.” He shipped them to Florida, and plans to put them up at his new place.

He’d been thinking about retiring for a while, but the economic effect of COVID-19 forced it. “The pandemic just nailed us. It’s crippled this whole world.” He said he couldn’t make a living at it anymore.

Plus, he wanted to be closer to his family. “Family is what’s important.”

Saturday, June 27, was going to be his last day, but early Friday, when Open Air Davis kept vehicles from his portion of G Street, he called it quits. He didn’t like the fact that clients couldn’t park in front of his business, even for its last two days.

“I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to all my families and my friends,” he said, choking up again. “I miss them, and I love them. Thank you for the 41 years.”

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The Jamba at 1361 W. Covell Blvd., Suite 115, is back open after a temporary closure. It closed Wednesday for deep cleaning after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

The chain, formerly known as Jamba Juice, rebranded a year ago to emphasize an expanded menu that includes more than juices and smoothies.

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Next door, GNC in The Marketplace is closing. The nutrition store is at 1361 W. Covell Blvd. An employee said Thursday it would close in “about seven weeks,” which she confirmed would be around Aug. 20. However, she said it could be sooner or later.

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Extreme Pizza in South Davis is closed.  The restaurant, at 417 Mace Blvd. in the El Macero Shopping Center, is cleared out and the phone is disconnected.

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APEX Cycles reopened June 1 after a three-year hiatus. Owner Aaron Curtin opened the shop in 2006, after running it out of his garage since 2003. It specializes in road and track bike custom builds. It also has a full-service repair shop as well and mobile service. The new studio operates by appointment at 105 E St., Suite 2C.

Curtin took three years off to work as the bicycle program coordinator at UC Davis, then in a research position with Uber Technologies.

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Curtin also owns Team Alpha Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, 823 Fourth St., which was scheduled to open this spring. It postponed its grand opening until Aug. 1. It’s accepting member sign-ups, and enrolling students in summer day camps and small classes this month.

“We will be focusing on Brazilian jiu-jitsu, submission grappling, wrestling for self-defense and competition,” Curtin said.

Fabio Prado is the Brazilian jiu-jitsu head coach, and Curtin’s sons Aaron and Alex lead the kids’ program.

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Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop reopened on June 15. It offers classes for all ages, and dance and arts summer camps for youths 6-12. It’s at 2720 Del Rio Place.

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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.

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 had plans to reopen in late July.

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An Arby’s is coming to downtown Woodland this summer — at 85 W. Court St. The opening date has not been set.

The 3,500-square-foot restaurant will feature a drive-thru, and will bring approximately 40 new jobs to the area, a news release said.

This is the fifth Arby’s restaurant owned and operated by Fremont-based franchise group Kang Foods, founded by brothers Anoop and Bikram Kang. Arby’s serves a variety of meats each day like roast beef, smoked brisket, corned beef and roast turkey.

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Grindstone Winery & Vineyards plans a grand opening for its tasting room, next weekend, July 11-12. It’s at 12700 County Road 89 in Esparto.

Owners Michael and Amy Doherty are third-generation farmers in Colusa and Yolo counties. Their children, who are in college, will be the fourth generation. They grow their own grapes and follow the motto, “great winemaking begins in the vineyard.” The winery has been open and winning awards with wines like rose, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, Cortina red and petit verdot.

They recently completed construction of a tasting room, which includes a patio. For opening weekend, there are two patio seatings: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Email [email protected] or call 530-393-2162 to reserve a table for members of your household.

— 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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