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Business Beat: A new spot for beer and oysters in Modesto

12/07/2013 5:10 PM

12/07/2013 5:11 PM

If you’re on the northeast side of Modesto with a hankering for some good beer and oysters, there’s a new spot for you.

The Tap Room Pub and Grub opened in November at the corner of Sylvan Avenue and Claus Road. Owned by partners Randy Rocha and Nate Wilson, the restaurant features 20 beers on tap and fresh food prepared behind the bar.

“It’s been going really well,” Rocha said. “We’re getting a lot of really good feedback from people.”

He said opening a restaurant was a common dream of his and Wilson’s when mutual friends introduced them some time ago.

“We started looking for locations and settled on that,” Rocha said. “We thought that end of town could really use something different.”

Though it has a full bar, the Tap Room, not surprisingly, specializes in beer. And the focus is on local brews – of the 20 beers on tap, 16 are from California, Rocha said. The restaurant serves a variety of dishes, including steak, burgers, chicken and waffles. But the specialty of the house is oysters, served daily, in any number of ways.

“That’s kind of our thing,” Rocha said. “That’s really what we want our niche to be.”

The Tap Room Pub and Grub is at 3498 Sylvan Ave. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. Call (209) 204-3060, or find it on Facebook or at

Elsewhere around the Business Beat:

Salon Salon is celebrating 30 years in business. The hair and skin salon has been in McHenry Village for all but eight of those years. Norma Foster Maddy opened the salon; partner Chris Johnson joined her three years later, according to a news release. Salon Salon employs roughly 50 people and now includes an adjacent boutique.

The business held a party last week for its longtime clients but no doubt would welcome some new faces, too. Salon Salon and The Boutique are located in McHenry Village, 1700 McHenry Ave., Modesto. Call (209) 571-3500 or go online to

And finally:

You may have seen an item we had in The Modesto Bee last week in which police warned residents about fake Internal Revenue Service agents calling them and demanding money. Sadly, scams like these seem to go up this time of year, when people can be distracted by holiday activities, shopping and the like.

We got hit by a couple of scams at our house this week: My husband got an email purportedly from his bank, warning of a security breach and telling him to submit information to ensure his account was secure. He checked with the bank, where a representative told him, of course, that they don’t do business that way. And I got a call on my cellphone from a number in Texas I didn’t recognize. I picked up the call because I have relatives in Texas. It was an automated call claiming that my debit card had been suspended and I needed to take action right away.

Now, I did not bother checking with my bank because I know it does not have my cellphone number. And I know this because at the time I opened the account, cellphones did not exist – at least, not at my economic level. I tried to get it to connect me to a person, but no luck.

All of this to say, be careful with your money and your information, because there are too many people out there who are trying to get hold of both.

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The Bee's Patty Guerra covers items of note from breaking news and business. @pattyguerra

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