It’s been 35 years, but Caffé Italia, a staple in Davis, will close at the end of August to make room for a new hotel and conference center.
Co-owner Kevin Katz founded the restaurant with his father, Bert, in 1982. Originally intending to go to Chico State, Katz got attached to the restaurant business and bought out his father three years later.
“My dad’s gone now – he passed away too soon,” Katz said. “For me it’s going to be tough because he and I built all this.”
Back in 1982, the duo gutted the building, built all of the wooden booths by hand and redid the kitchen. Since then, not much about the decor has changed. They’ve padded the wooden seats and added a patio, but all of the handmade booths remain.
One thing has changed, though. Katz hasn’t been the sole owner since 2000. He met his wife, Shar, back in 1995 – a few years after she moved to Davis to work.
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