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GoodbyeView – Goodbye to Deva


Goodbye to Deva
By Chris Murphy

There are some milestones that are hard to take sometimes. First we lost Minnie’s, one of Modesto best and unique places. Now we have lost Café Deva. Deva has been a part of downtown Modesto’s fabric for over 25 years. It was very special to me as it was the first place I discovered downtown when we moved back to Modesto in fall of 1996 and were living with our folks in Ripon. A French café, lattes, breakfasts, and croissants in downtown Modesto! It was perfect and reminded me of my time working in Europe, and Paris in particular. Lorena Loftis built something amazing and Heather Elkins made a valiant effort through COVID. The music memories, the lunches, the Thursday Rambles, the Off the Airs, ModShops, the dinners and the great times and conversations will always be with us. With good vibes like this, we are hopeful that someone will take this space and do something magic with it.

Deva always toasted guests with “à votre santé” and back to all of them “à la vôtre”.

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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.