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By Karen Newell Young
Wining & Dining

Frank’s Pizza, a longtime business at 122 East Main St. in downtown Grass Valley, has reopened after two temporary closures. Frank’s has been serving up pizza for more than a half century using recipes that have been handed down for three generations. Initially opened in Nevada City in the late 1950s by current co-owner Tory Davis’ grandfather, Frank Hobanski, Frank’s Pizza later moved to the Hills Flat area before being bought by Davis’ father, Jack Davis, in 1965. He moved the pizzeria to its current location where it can be reached by calling 530-273-4622.

Scalliwags, at the corner of Hwy. 20 and Mooney Flat Road in Smartsville, celebrated its grand opening last month to a full house despite a downpour.
The full remodel of the building, which formerly housed the Driftwood, took almost three years to complete by owners Lisa and Nick Rogers, who also own nearby Skippers Cove Marina at Englebright Reservoir. Scallywags Tavern is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, offering a variety of food, beer, wine or wine-based cocktails, as well as homemade desserts.

Owner Gerardo Torres says his new restaurant Stella’s on Broad Street in downtown Nevada City should open in a few weeks. “We are actually almost done,” he said. “Just getting to last final details.” Stella’s, named after Torres’ mother Stella Guillen who will do most of the cooking, will feature Mexican and Salvadoran food. The menu is still underdevelopment, Torres said and added that the restaurant anticipates a quiet opening next month.

Lefty’s Grill is still closed due to flooding after the torrential rainfall last month and has launched a Go Fund Me campaign. The restaurant’s website has posted the following: Please help us get through the flood. We want to open again very soon and keep our staff employed. Every donation is greatly appreciated. For every $100 contributed, get $125 in gift certificates. Help us fund our repairs and we’ll treat you right! Visit our GoFundMe site, we already miss you!

Jonathan Rowe, who owns the historic Stone House on Sacramento Street in downtown Nevada City, said he has secured temporary occupancy at the building where storms damaged the parking lot and created a sinkhole. “The sinkhole repair is taking longer than we thought,” he said ruefully. “But we’re planning to do a series of dinners soon for a pre-opening before fully opening in a month to two months,” he added. Rowe encourages people to check out the restaurant’s website at Stonehouse.io to keep abreast of Stone House progress and events.

Karen Newell Young