Arrivals and departures: UCD students have the power to keep businesses alive
While September brings UC Davis students back to town every year, 2021 will be the biggest influx in recent memory. And when they return – some after 18 months – they will notice changes.
More than two dozen Davis businesses have closed permanently since March 2020. The loss of the student body has played a big part in this. Some companies hang on for a few more months, counting on new sponsorship. And the service industry relies on them to help fill the many entry-level vacancies.
We are fortunate in Davis to have a thriving downtown area and many residents who understand the importance of shopping locally. University students can show their power by supporting small businesses and restaurants in the area, instead of Amazon, restaurant chains and DoorDash.
Every Sunday, I offer you an overview of the development of businesses in the region. Is this restaurant closed? Why? What will take its place? When the pandemic hit in March 2020, tracking the entry and exit of local businesses became an additional challenge. I started a public spreadsheet (link below) so I can remember the last time I checked a business and where I found the information.
Below, I’ve compiled lists of Davis businesses that have closed or opened in the past 18 months, as well as those coming up soon.
Gone for good
Too many Davis restaurants closed permanently since the start of the pandemic: Barista Brewery, Bistro 33, BurgerIM, Davis Chickpeas Cuisine, Chinese bistro, Town Hall Tavern, Dickey’s barbecue pit, Extreme Pizza, KetMoRee, Mexican Grill La Piñata, In cask, Crochet Ramen, Round Table Pizza, Starbuck Coffee in University Mall and Taste of Thai.
Davis’ retail and service business closures include: About hair, B&L bicycle shop, Bernard’s tire, Global Market Cost Plus, Davis Sports Store, Davis Hospitality, Goblet of fire, Get in Shape Davis (GFD Sport remains open), CNG, Learning partners, Groomers Pawsitive, Personalized pilates, Hairdressing salon of the Restler brothers, and Yeti Mini-Market.
We still don’t know if Delta of Venus Where at uncle Vito will come back.
In 2020, CREAM renamed Cookies and cones, and Brand Inn renamed Hilton Garden Inn Hotel. Cannabis dispensary The Kana Company is called now Main stage.
Some entrepreneurs have had the courage to start a Davis business during a pandemic. They included Black Frog Coffee, Burma Eat, Casablanca, Chicken peddlers, Davis barbecue pit, Davis refill (in line), Fusion Boba & Sandwiches, Tacos Guads & Beer, Handmade sweet and savory pies, Hyatt House hotel for extended stays, Mike Mountain Pizza, Myu Myu mini-market, Tasty pho, Kebob standing, Tasty Gourmet and Yi tea.
On the way
We look forward to welcoming the following new businesses in the coming months: Cane Chicken Fingers, Chando’s tacos, The smart ax, a new 7 eleven store and gas station on Chiles Road, and El Toro Bravo (back), and (finally?) Water pig.
You can see how I keep track of Davis businesses by accessing my Google Spreadsheet at https://bit.ly/DavisBusinesses. It includes more than 325 Davis companies affected by COVID-19. There are files for Restaurants-open, Restaurants-closed, Business-retail, Business-service, etc. Email me (address below) to suggest updates.
– Wendy Weitzel is a Davis writer and editor. Follow the commercial news on its Facebook and Instagram pages Comings & Goings. If you are aware of a business coming or going to the area, contact them at [email protected]