With some high-profile, long-simmering projects (say hello to Gervasoni’s and Ten Pin Fun Center) finally seeing major movement, it seems like a good time to update you on other recent developments around the region.
The Round Table Pizza in the Shops at Lincoln School is back. The pizza place had been a long-time tenant of the downtown Modesto shopping center on H Street. But then it closed several years ago and the prominent corner spot remained vacant and shuttered until now. It reopened in late October in the same strip as the new Bob’s Giant Burgers and long-running Taqueria Lagos, across from the new Smart & Final.
I stopped by over the weekend to pick up a King Arthur Supreme — with anchovies, because I’m that person. The restaurant has been remodeled and revamped with a clean new interior design along with several big-screen TVs, a small arcade area and salad bar. One of the main attractions is the daily all-you-can-eat pizza buffet for lunch (and on Tuesday nights). You can dine-in, order out or get delivery every day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (and until 11 p.m. Friday ans Saturday nights).
Find the new Round Table at 1801 H St. or call 209-702-0850. Oh, and they’re still hiring so inquire within for positions.
Fans of smoked meats will have a new location to flock to. As I wrote about this fall, Ballico’s The Tri-Tipery is moving forward with its second permanent location. Earlier this month they unveiled the site of their new spot, on Highway 120 between Escalon and Oakdale. The building on the corner of Seidner Road was the former home of Mary Beth’s Corner Store and Phat Hogs BBQ . But it closed earlier this year and husband-and-wife Tri-Tipery owners Rob and Jana Nairn are now in the process of transforming the space to to have a similar look and feel to its flagship south county restaurant.
Uunlike the original, the new Tri-Tipery site will have both outdoor and indoor seating. Rob Nairn said they are planning to open in February. Until then, folks in the north county can get a taste of the tasty, tasty sandwiches the restaurant turns out with a pop-up location this Friday and Saturday at Last Call Brewing Company in Oakdale. You can sample the menu from 4 to 8 p.m. both days and Rob Nairn said if it goes well they will be back frequently between now and the new place’s opening early next year.
“We’re hoping it creates a little buzz and people start talking about us for the next few months,” he said.
The restaurant’s other temporary pop-up in the former Turlock Turf Club closed as planned at the end of October. The new Escalon Tri-Tipery will be at 29250 Highway 120. For more information visit www.tritipery.com.
And finally, the new McDonald’s being built on Paradise Road has started advertising for job openings. The fast-food chain has moved into the space that was formerly a Popeyes chicken at 409 Paradise Road. The fried chicken franchise closed in 2014 and had been empty until McDonald’s come in and tore down the building. The outer walls and framing has gone up on the new restaurant and a banner outside reads “Coming Soon: Please apply at mcdonalds.com/careers.”
Elsewhere around the Business Beat:
Do the holidays make you want to drink? Wait, I phrased that wrong. Do the holidays make you want to work at a place that helps people drink?
Well, either way BevMo, the adult beverage superstore, plans to hire some 720 positions across its 166 stores in California, Arizona and Washington to help with the holiday rush. That includes an estimated 650 new employees right here in California. The chain has stores on Sisk Road in Modesto, Claribel Road in Riverbank and Countryside Drive in Turlock.
BevMo employees receive a 30 percent discount and can attend product education training workshops and tasting events. So, as I was saying, if you love to drink or help people drink, this job could be for you. Apply online at www.bevmo.com/careers.