BIZ BEAT: Get taste of valley fare at the mall

pguerra@modbee.comMay 25, 2013 

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Reader Corrine Renoir wanted me to mention A Taste of the Valley at Vintage Faire Mall.

Here's a bit of what she said: "I was shopping at the mall yesterday and wanted a quick lunch. I hate eating at the food court but thought I'd see if there was somewhere to get a quick, decent bite to eat. I was pleasantly surprised to find A Taste of the Valley."

Now, of course we have nothing against chains or eating at food courts — I have a 5-year-old who thinks one fast food place is the height of fancy cuisine. Taste, upstairs in Café Row, is run by Marion Bogdanich, who also coordinates the mall's Sunday farmers market. It carries Sciabaca's olive oil products as well as local baked goods by Michelle's Golden Brown Breads and items from Bogdanich's own Sunblest Orchards.

And you can order pulled pork and other items from Doc's Q'n Pit Stop, a favorite of some of my colleagues here at The Bee familiar with its Maze Road location.

Elsewhere around the Business Beat:

I mentioned last week how much I enjoy getting emails from readers. Well, here's a way to get a bunch of 'em: make a mistake in this column. I said the former Mike's Roadhouse will be a Papa John's pizza parlor. And of course, as many folks told me, it's not.

The Dale Road restaurant will be the city's second Uno Chicago Grill. Uno owners John and Bobby Ismail also run the local Papa John's. Pretty big error — it's as plain as the large sign outside I clearly did not check.

John Ismail could not have been nicer and said the new restaurant will open in late July or early August. I really do appreciate the emails, even the ones that tell me when I'm wrong. Of course, I would prefer not to be wrong ... Thanks, everyone.

And finally, in another sign that the real estate market is finally climbing back out of the hole it's been in for the past several years, Primary Residential Mortgage is expanding.

Gina McCarty, who has been in the mortgage business for 20 years, the last 2½ with Primary, opened a new office in Oakdale. And she'll keep seeing clients at the Modesto office.

"For so long everybody was shutting down," McCarty said.

Now, with interest rates at historic lows, more homeowners are refinancing. And those who lost their homes to foreclosure early on in the crisis have finished the three-year waiting period and are looking to buy.

"That was really a rough patch there for a while," McCarty said. "I'm glad I stuck it out."

Contact her at (209) 480-3303.

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