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Comings & Goings: Make it again, Sam

Sam’s Mediterranean Delicacies is “back on its ft … with an open up heart,” the operator explained as the cafe reopened on Thursday.

The well known eatery at 301 B St. closed in March 2020, staying shuttered till now. Proprietor Samir Abughannam was caring for his sick wife and trying to reduce her publicity to COVID-19. Sue Abughannam, 52, misplaced her battle with leukemia on Dec. 20. An online fundraiser collected extra than $162,000 to save the cafe.

Abughannam said it is been a rough journey, not just for his family but for the numerous many others who have faced difficulties throughout the pandemic. He is grateful for the mates, neighborhood customers and consumers who helped make the reopening feasible.

Several hours are 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays via Saturdays.

Business columnist Loaded Rifkin notes that the constructing housing Sam’s is a historic landmark identified as The Scott Property. It is named for William Scott, justice of the peace and operator of The Business in the late 1890s to mid-1930s, Rifkin reported.

“He also was concerned in true estate, and he was the town’s printer. No resident pushed tougher for incorporation in the 1910s,” Rifkin said. Scott was the impetus for the city’s title alter soon after Davisville was selected for the University Farm. He dropped the -ville from the Davisville Company, declaring we outgrew our smaller-town moniker.


There’s a new long-lasting food items truck coming to Davis, functioning out of the parking great deal behind Davis Odd Fellows Lodge, 415 Next St. Handheld Sweet & Savory Pies is set to open Sept. 1.

Proprietor Michael Sutton was a associate in Foodies, which rents the lodge’s professional kitchen area and caters many of its occasions. Foodies also sells foodstuff for pickup and supply. Business associate Sarun Kao will proceed operating Foodies, as Sutton departs to acquire the food items truck concept. Handheld operates beneath the organization title Some Foodstuff Business, and employs a 1969 Ford Vanette.

Handheld entered Davis Downtown’s July 17 Burger Struggle, winning Finest Inventive Burger with its HandBurger. (Tommy J’s Grill & Catering won Very best Over-all Burger for its Firehouse Burger, and The Davis Foodstuff Co-op won Finest Alternative Burger with the Entire Hippie Burger.)

Handheld’s menu will rotate weekly with breakfast, lunch and supper things. They will contain meat and vegetarian hand pies as effectively as entrée salads all through hotter months and soups when it is cooler. Its website is below development at Foodies’ web site is


De Vere’s Irish Pub, 217 E St., is step by step expanding its hrs, introducing Sunday brunch as of July 24. It added Tuesday hours last week. New hrs are 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, 4 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4 to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Sunday brunch hours very last till 3 p.m.


The Mexican foods restaurant El Toro Bravo is nonetheless selecting and prepping to reopen at 237 D St. It’s been shut since February 2020.


Audience asked for I give a shout-out to two nearby eating places that are battling to stay open up:

Cindy’s Cafe at 4823 Chiles Road is open up day by day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. It has new, typical American diner food stuff, then provides Thai foodstuff to the menu for lunch and dinner.

There is a transform underway at the building that properties Raja’s Tandoor at 207 3rd St., which could be keeping prospects absent. It stays open from 10-10 just about every working day but Sunday, and has a food stuff truck at the Davis Farmers Industry from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.


I maintain monitor of Davis companies on my Google spreadsheet, which includes extra than 325 Davis corporations influenced by COVID-19. It’s at https://little In it, there are sheets for Restaurants-open up, Eating places-closed, Organizations-retail, Organizations-company, and far more. Electronic mail me (address down below) to advise updates.

— Wendy Weitzel is a Davis writer and editor. Her column runs on Sundays. Look at for frequent updates on her Comings & Goings Fb and Instagram internet pages. If you know of a small business coming or heading in the area, get in touch with her at [email protected]