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Biz Beat: Modesto’s Roseburg Square to get new restaurant

The new restaurant Divine Swine is set to open in the former Appetez location in Roseburg Square in Modesto.
The new restaurant Divine Swine is set to open in the former Appetez location in Roseburg Square in Modesto.

Well, that was fast.

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that the former Tidewater Station, which in itself was formerly longtime restaurant Appetez in Roseburg Square, had closed. Owners Tom and Dorene Arnold said that after 20 years, they had decided to take their business in a different direction and plan to open a pub sometime in the future.

Closures are always unfortunate for shopping centers. The venerable Roseburg Square has a special place in my heart, as it does for many folks in the area. Many remember the little zoo that used to occupy the center of the parking lot, complete with a parrot that I was convinced knew my dad, as each time we approached, it would say, “Hello, Joe.” (It took me a while to clue in that he said that to everyone.)

Years later, I worked at the now-demolished California Ice Factory, making shaved ice for people who would wait in long lines in triple-digit heat. Breaks would often find me at the blessedly air-conditioned Swenson’s ice cream parlor, or Major Sysco to grab a bagel dog, or Captain Video to pick up a movie.

So I was happy to learn from several friends and readers that a new restaurant apparently is set to occupy the Tidewater Station/Appetez spot.

A sign promises that the Divine Swine will be calling Roseburg Square home. I found a number for Divine Swine but haven’t heard back from the owners. When I do, I will be sure to let you know.

Elsewhere around the Business Beat:

If you want to meet a winner of “The Biggest Loser,” you can get your chance this week.

The new Planet Fitness in Turlock will host Danni Allen at its ribbon-cutting ceremony set for 5 p.m. Wednesday. Allen won season 14 of NBC’s weight-loss television show. According to a news release, she will discuss fitness tips, her experience on the show and how she’s kept the weight off since.

The club is at 1360 W. Main St.

And finally, the Yogurt Mill has opened its newest location, on Geer Road in Turlock. Like some other Yogurt Mills, the Turlock location features a drive-thru. It’s already pretty popular; I drove by last week and the line was several cars long.