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El Dorado Hills Town Center sees new businesses opening

By: Art Garcia, Telegraph Correspondent
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Town Center, El Dorado Hills’ “downtown,” is humming with new tenants, ranging from a full-scale night club and new owners of a Mexican restaurant to a hair and beauty products boutique and a tan center offering everything from body wraps to teeth whitening.

Casa Ramos is the new name of what had been Sir Vesa, a Mexican restaurant on the upper level of the Regal theater plaza. It opened under its new name in early December, the 13th eatery of that name in Northern California, including one near Folsom’s outlet stores and in Placerville and Lincoln. Corporate headquarters is located in Yreka.

“We’ve changed a lot inside by redecorating. It’s a whole different place,” said Kevin Ramos, 24, manager and son of owner Marco Ramos.

Also “absolutely” changed is the menu. “It’s a wholly different menu, a wholly different restaurant, wholly different everything,” he said. Also different is the missing $3,000 bottle of tequila that had been on the prior owner’s menu.

Featured are special dishes, including steak, chicken and seafood. “Our big hit is fajitas,” said Ramos. “Everybody likes our fajitas.”

The restaurant has two-for-$20 special meals and happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Sunday is professional football day with many viewers watching games wearing jerseys of their favorite teams.

Ramos previously managed a Casa Ramos in Mt. Shasta and also worked in the Folsom store’s kitchen before taking over the El Dorado Hills eatery.

Hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The phone number is (916) 939-0900.

Beauty Worx, the hair and beauty products store, is on Town Center Boulevard, near The Hub Coffee House and Café. Owner Nichole Edwards, 34, moved to El Dorado Hills from Newark in the Bay Area, where she owned a store whose lease was up.

She has the one store “for now,” she said, and she’s the only employee of the shop of about 68 square feet. It offers unique products, such as Moroccan oil, as well as traditional favorite hair and beauty products brands.

The store’s phone number is (916) 934-0171 and the address is 4364 Town Center Blvd., Suite 116.

Tan Central recently moved from the Market Place center to Town Center, settling into 4357 Town Center Blvd., Suites 110 and 112.

It’s owned by Rita Bartel and her husband, Blake, who live in El Dorado Hills. They’ve added a “new dimension” called All About Me, which is all about skin care and treatment and cosmetics, plus offering body wraps, air brush tanning and anti-aging products and services.

The phone number for both stores is (916) 939-8261.

Reunion, next to Selland’s Market Café at 4370 Town Center Blvd., Suite 100, facing the south pond, opened in mid-October.

Business for the town’s only real night club has been “good, and getting better,” said John Demma, general manager. “The response has been overwhelmingly positive.” He lives in El Dorado Hills.

Owner of the club is George Kapaty, who owns a club in San Ramon in the Bay Area that Demma said inspired Reunion in El Dorado Hills. Kapaty also has three venues on Sacramento’s K Street, two in San Francisco and currently is working on opening one in Las Vegas.

The club features live music, operates a full kitchen and offers cocktail cuisine – food presented in all you can eat buffet style, for $6. “People are just catching on to it,” Demma said. “It’s actually delicious food, not finger-food appetizers. It’s small-plate items.”

Reunion is 6,500 square feet of nightclub and restaurant, plus a dining patio. It’s open Wednesday through Friday at 6 p.m.; Saturday, 7 p.m.; and Sunday at 9 p.m. It closes around 2.a.m. The phone number is (916) 939-0777.

Coming “soon” to Town Center, said a spokesperson, are Nar Fine Carpentry, state Sen. Ted Gaines’ constituent service center, a lease just signed; and Talisman Collection, a store that might open in January and that will sell specialty items, from leather goods to men’s watches.

While there have been new tenants, Town Center also has lost some in recent months, including Fireside Burgers, Wayside Noodles Vietnamese food, both formerly in the theater plaza’s lower level; Sir Vesa; Flowers De Amor Design Center Flower Market; and a Verizon cell phone store.