Welcome to almost-February, and though we’re a day early, it’s still a great time to talk about five things you need to know about Amador County businesses as we start the Year of the Tiger.

A Move Engineered

Delta Engineering on Main Street in Jackson was located next door to Luka’s Restaurant and Bar at 33 Main Street. Luka’s took up the back of 33 Main while Delta Engineering occupied the front. Now Luka’s has taken the front space and brown paper is taped to the windows as Luka’s prepares their expanded dining room.

Delta Engineering We've Moved signAs for Delta Engineering, they didn’t move far—they now occupy the white brick building at 41 Main Street. If it looks familiar, you may know it as The Spot Smoke & Vape Shop or the Kountry Kasuals clothing store.

It’s no surprise that Delta Engineering moved to 41 Main Street because that building and the 33 Main Street building are owned by Stan Lukowicz. There is no word about when the expanded Luka’s dining room will be open as of press time, but the existing dining room at 35 Main Street is still open for business daily.

Delta Engineering offers civil and environmental engineering services, and you can get more information on their website.

Open for Business

Don Luis Mexican Restaurant, which has locations in Stockton and Ione, worked hard in 2021 to create a new concept in Martell: Don Luis Taqueria, where you can order from their food truck and eat at a table under a covered awning as you watch cars and trucks go by.

The location is in a building that formerly housed Galli Insurance, which is on Highway 49/88 between Jon’s Pit Stop and Argonaut Lane. Don Luis fixed up the location with a new paint job and a large awning with wrought iron fencing. The catering truck also seems to be permanently stationed at the location.

As of this writing, there is no online information on the Don Luis Facebook profile page and the Ione restaurant website is down. So, we’ll order lunch at Don Luis Taqueria soon and have a review for you no later than mid-March.

From Food to Medicine

El Aguila Sutter Creek Plaza Shopping CenterLesly DeNankervis owned the El Mira Mar restaurant in Martell, but that space is now occupied by Vallarta Grill. Recent fictitious business name statements in the Amador Legder-Dispatch have revealed what DeNankervis is up to these days.

She now owns El Aguila in the Sutter Creek Plaza Shopping Center, which is at the northeast corner of Highway 49 and Ridge Road. The center houses a variety of stores including El Dorado Savings Bank, Interfaith Food Bank Thrift Store, and Riebes Auto Parts. At the far end of the center near Ridge Road, El Aguila offers CBD oil, vitamins, supplements, and other medicinals.

The exact address is 460 State Highway 49, Suite H. Though they don’t have a website or any other online information as of press time, you can call them at 209-277-4245.

Out with Pizza, In with Taxes

The longtime restaurant space in the strip mall at 30 Highway 49/88 in Jackson is being converted into office space. The spot that formerly housed Ray’s Take and Bake pizza, and has sat idle since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, will soon become Main Street Tax Services and Notary.

You may have seen this strip mall at the northeast corner of Highway 49 and Highway 88 in the center of Jackson. Main Street Tax Services and Notary will be housed next door to the Primerica Financial Services building, so this complex is quickly becoming a financial hub. (And that doesn’t count the three banks nearby on Main and Water streets.) There is no online information about Main Street Tax Services and Notary as of this writing.

Bistro49 Opening Real Soon Now

Bistro49 Sutter CreekThe Bistro49 Southern Bites website says the opening date is this Friday, February 4, and it seems the restaurant will meet that opening date.

The Bistro49 Facebook profile page had an update on January 26 with photos of the new kitchen hood being installed, and that large piece of hardware was the last major component needed for Bistro49 to open.

You can get updates about the opening of the new Bistro49 restaurant in Sutter Creek on their Facebook profile page. When we know about a firm opening date, we’ll also post that information on the Ticker Facebook media page for you.

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