Staff shortages still hamper the service sector


Sam’s Mediterranean cuisine reopened Thursday after being closed for over a week.

The new hours are 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and noon to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. It just reopened on July 22 after being closed for 16 months.

Owner Samir Abughannam has not given a reason for the recent temporary closure. The restaurant is at 301 B St.


Comstock magazine recently published an interesting article on Austrian pastry cafe Konditorei. He said Albert Kutternig, 66, hopes to retire within two years. He owns the bakery with his wife Gloria.

Konditorei began in the early 1990s in downtown Davis. It has been in its custom 3,000 square foot building at 2710 Fifth St. since 2000.

The story goes that Albert couldn’t find someone willing to take over the long morning hours of his business and that he may have to shut it down when he retires.


Citing staff shortages, Tommy J’s Grill – a.k.a Froggy’s Bar & Grill – recently joined the list of restaurants closed on Monday. This remains in effect at least until the end of October.

If you’ve tried eating out on a Monday – especially for lunch – that’s a challenge. With UC Davis students returning to town, we hope staffing and corporate profits will improve. In the meantime, practice patience (and please don’t post a nasty review on Yelp).


A great choice for lunch on Mondays and other days of the week is Musette, which recently changed its name Satchel. He’s got a ton of toppings, plant-based cereal bowls, and salad choices, plus his already amazing sourdough bread, focaccia – and some big brown butter chocolate chip cookies (topped with coarse salt! ) That look dangerously delicious.

It’s inside the University Mall at 825 Russell Boulevard, Suite 27. Hours of operation are 11 am to 4 pm weekdays.


The long awaited new 7 eleven at 400, boul. open September 15th. It includes a gas station and a convenience store. The company never responded to my messages about the delayed opening, but I guess it was because of the staff.


The ASUCD Café at Memorial Union reopened on Wednesday, the same day in-person classes resumed at UC Davis. Hours are limited to weekdays, and shorter than usual, due to staff constraints.

Swirlz Bakery is open from 7:30 a.m. at 16 o’clock Mandalay Express (sushi and pho) serves from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm for TxMx grid and Delicatessen with fickle pickles are from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Ciao (pizza) remains closed. These remain in effect until December 10, unless they can fill vacancies.


Science exploration center plans a grand reopening on October 2 and 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The center, located at 3141 Fifth St., has been closed for 18 months with the exception of a few limited outdoor camps. The event will include public hours and craft activities. Face masks are compulsory.

Explorit Board Chair Sheila Allen said, “It will be nice to have visitors safe again. Hope people will come and have family fun with science.

To limit the crowds, the event requires registration. Visit to reserve a place in the morning or afternoon. Admission is $ 4 for non-members aged 3 and over.


Weird World celebrates its 30th anniversary this month, with an event on September 30.

The store’s inventory includes old and new comics; science fiction and magna books; toys; playing and trading cards; board games, role-playing games and video games.

It’s at 223 E St. Check out his Facebook page for updates on his birthday.


Fusion Boba & Sandwiches closed on September 18th. The business operated as an indoor kiosk Westlake Market, 1260, boul. In a social media ad, Fusion announced plans to open a new store in Woodland.

I confirmed that Jeremy’s choice of coffee plans to fill the space. The San Francisco-based company started out as a supplier to supermarkets, restaurants, and health food stores. It sells and manufactures socially and environmentally responsible coffee.


Local Jump bikes were gone during the pandemic but there is a new bike rental business in town: Joe Bike.

Her pop-up store is at 903 Third St. Hours of operation are 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Find out online at

The San Francisco-based company had a soft launch starting in March, but is busy now that UC Davis students are back. Its target market is college towns including Palo Alto and Austin, Texas.

Joe Bike offers monthly bike subscriptions: $ 24 for a single speed and $ 29 for a three-speed cruiser. “The service also includes protection against damage and theft,” the company said in a press release. Each bike comes with a padlock. “If a Joe Bike needs repairs or is stolen, it will be repaired or replaced within 24 hours at no additional cost. “

These green and white cruisers with front racks are more traditional than the heavy electric-assisted red bikes popular in Davis before the pandemic. Jump Bike’s services were shut down in March 2020 by its then parent company, Uber. It was later acquired by Lime, best known for its electric scooters. Jumping bikes don’t seem to come back to Davis.


Another company adjusting its hours is Helmus Optometry. He recently eliminated Saturdays, attributing it mainly to the labor shortage. It is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Davis shoe store returns to the usual hours, with great hopes of maintaining them. It is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 223 C St.


For those wondering, I tried to check the status of at uncle Vito and Delta of Venus, two of the last restaurants in town have been closed since March 2020. Still no response.


Green River Brewery & Taproom in Winters closed temporarily after a vehicle rolled over the side of its apartment building in early September 19. It reopened on September 20 with a limited menu.

Co-owner John Neil told Winters Express his self-service beer wall will be out of service until its damaged part is repaired. It’s at 4513 Putah Creek Road.


I keep track of Davis companies on my Google Spreadsheet, which includes over 325 Davis companies affected by COVID-19. It’s on It contains index cards for open restaurants, closed restaurants, retail businesses, service businesses, etc. Email me (address below) to suggest updates.

– Wendy Weitzel is a Davis writer and editor. His column is broadcast on Sundays. Check for frequent updates on her Facebook and Instagram Comings & Goings pages. If you are aware of a business coming or going to the area, contact them at [email protected]


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