Daily Archives: February 7, 2012
Spike in Berkeley burglaries puts residents on edge [Berkeley Voice]
Cal ponders swapping state funds for federal ones [SF Biz Times]
Berkeley’s Five Star Video: last man standing [Patch]
Riverbed: From Berkeley coffee shop to SOMA lease [SF Biz Times]
Alice Waters to start edible schoolyard in Sacramento [Sac Bee]
Cooking up Indian bitter melons from Berkeley Bowl [YumSugar]
Andy Warhol “Polaroids” at Berkeley Art Museum [HuffPo]
Getting hands on cookbook collection of Jeremiah Tower [Inside Scoop]
Bay Citizen on track to merge with Berkeley’s CIR [CIR]
Photo: Farms in Berkeley? by sisterfish8/Berkeleyside Flickr pool.
GETTING MEATY Green Papaya, the Thai vegetarian restaurant at 2016 Shattuck in downtown, is switching it up. It’s changing its name to Thanu’s Kitchen and is adding meat to the menu. A notice on the door says that the new spot will open soon. “Although we’re changing things up a bit here, we will still offer vegetarians our selective menu and, no worries, our utilities such as pots, pans, and ingredients for vegetarian will most definitely be separated from non-vegetarian,” write the owners, who say the change is due to ”a low volume of vegan/vegetarian consumers”.
SPORTY OPENING Berkeleyans who are still missing Blakes, which closed its doors last year after 71 years, can now patronize Pappy’s on Telegraph, which opened a couple of weeks ago in the old Blake’s space at 2367 Telegraph Avenue. According to the East Bay Express, there is “a giant TV screen, plenty of sips, pitchers and noshes, and enough blue and gold to satisfy any Oski devotee”. The name is a nod to former football coach Pappy Waldorf. … Continue reading »
More than six years after a devastating fire ripped through a Vallejo warehouse, destroying 4.5 million bottles of premium wine worth more than $100 million, a man has been sentenced for the crime.
A federal judge in Sacramento on Tuesday sentenced Mark. C. Anderson, 63, who was born in Berkeley and who resided in Sausalito, to 27 years in prison for the Oct. 12, 2005 fire at Wines Central.
“This was an enormous crime,” Assistant U.S. Attorney R. Steven Lapham said after the sentencing. “He damaged so many lives. We tend to think of winery owners as rich, fat-cat types. But by and large, the people who were storing wine at this facility were doing so because they didn’t have their own storage. They were small family-owned wineries that couldn’t afford these losses.” … Continue reading »
Berkeleyside is thrilled to announce that on Monday March 5th we will be hosting the Berkeleyside Local Business Forum 2012: Startup Berkeley.
The Forum’s focus will be the strengths, and weaknesses, of the city of Berkeley for startups. What does it take to turn an idea into a successful business, how can one nurture innovation, and what can be done to improve the startup climate here?
Featured panelists joining the conversation at the Forum include: Will Wright, creator of The Sims and founder of Stupid Fun Club; David Hyman, founder and CEO of streaming music service MOG, June Taylor, founder of jam and marmalade company The Still Room; and Rauly Butler, Senior Vice President Retail at Mechanics Bank.
“An extraordinary amount of innovation comes out of Berkeley in a variety of realms,” said Lance Knobel, one of the founders of Berkeleyside. “But Berkeley is still seen as rough ground for business startups. We want to examine the realities of Berkeley for new business ventures.” … Continue reading »
The marble counter at Gioia Pizzeria on Hopkins Avenue used to be crowded with people eating slices of formaggio or funghi pizza.
Not any more.
Now the counter is stacked high with black and white Gioia Pizzeria T-shirts and is verboten to customers.
In the last few weeks the pizzeria has had to stop offering patrons a place to eat their pizza pie. The restaurant, it turns out, did not have a permit for eating on site. And, before December, it did not even have a permit to operate as a take-out restaurant.
“The city of Berkeley has determined that we are to be a ‘to go’ only operation,” reads a sign perched on one of the counters. “Unfortunately, this means we may not provide seating of any kind, nor may we offer a counter at which our customers may stay and ‘dine in’ at. In addition we have been asked to remove our outside counter.” … Continue reading »
It’s still a little hard to believe that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided to eliminate the short subject categories back in 1992, arguing that the awards had “long ceased to reflect the realities of theatrical motion picture exhibition.” The ensuing outcry compelled the Academy to reverse course, and today short films continue to garner well-deserved, if brief, exposure on Oscar night.
If you consider that exposure too brief, however, this year’s Animated and Live Action nominees will be screening at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas beginning this Friday, February 10th.
2011’s nominees for animated short subject are a particularly impressive bunch. Best of show is Grant Orchard’s A Morning Stroll, a hyper-stylized blend of computer and hand-drawn animation that, in seven minutes, travels through a hundred years of New York City social history, the only constant being a chicken completely at ease on the sidewalks of Manhattan — even when confronted by zombies (break-dancing and otherwise). … Continue reading »