Biz Beat

Biz Beat: A closure, a change and continued success

Well, rats. As much as I enjoy learning about new businesses coming to town, I am often also asked to look into closures.

That was the case this week, when I got a couple of tips about Taxi’s Hamburgers. The restaurant is located at Briggsmore and McHenry avenues in Modesto. Because I have been around for so long (and because it used to be my favorite place to eat), I still think of the area as the center where Winchell’s Donuts was.

As reported by my predecessor in this space, Marijke Rowland, Taxi’s moved from its original location in Vintage Faire Mall to the central Modesto spot in spring 2012. The restaurant, which specialized in hamburgers, salads and sandwiches, had outgrown its mall space and was looking for larger digs.

I hadn’t made my way to Taxi’s, but I have heard from several readers that it was a good place to get a burger. Apparently, it’s now gone.

The restaurant is closed up, and efforts to reach the owners to get more details have been unsuccessful. The phone number is disconnected, and there is no sign on the Taxi’s Facebook page that anything is amiss; however, the last post is from September.

If anyone knows what happened, or can put me in contact with the owner, please get in touch.


The Court Room has been in Modesto for nearly 40 years, providing members with access to racquetball courts, fitness equipment, classes and more. I left a message at the Court Room, hoping to find out what is going on with the new owner, but have not yet heard back. I hope to learn more and will let you know if that happens.

▪ One company that isn’t changing hands or slowing down is Danco Trailers in Turlock. The company is commemorating 50 years in business, and celebrated the occasion with an open house Friday.

▪ Oak Valley Community Bank continues to expand. The Oakdale-based bank has opened its 15th branch, in Tracy, representatives said in a news release this week.

The new bank branch is at 1034 N. Central Ave. and is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s not open Saturdays yet, but that could happen if the need is there, the company said.

Oak Valley, established in 1991, also operates branches in Oakdale, Modesto, Turlock, Sonora, Patterson, Ripon, Escalon and Manteca, as well as in the eastern Sierra communities of Bridgeport, Mammoth Lakes and Bishop.

Have an item for Business Beat? Breaking News Editor Patty Guerra can be reached at or (209) 578-2343. Follow her on Twitter @PattyGuerra.