Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

Suya opening in old Ironwood space. Photo: Ruth G.

NEW GRILL Bye bye Ironwood BBQ, hello Suya African-Caribbean Grill at 2130 Oxford Street opposite the campus. Think skewers of meat, fish and vegetables made with a savory custom spice rub called suya pepper ($4.95 to $8.95), served with flatbread. Also: jerk chicken, roasted plantain, roasted corn on the cob, sweet potato fries, French fries, and salad. Mainly take-out with a few seating options. Opening any day now. Phone 510 981 8028. [Hat-tip: Ruth Gebreyesus]

FULL ON Summer Kitchen Bake Shop, at 2944 College Avenue, will be getting more seats (up to 33), serve beer and wine, and build a restroom after the city’s Zoning Adjustments Board gave it the go-ahead last Thursday to change from a carry-out food service store to a quick-service restaurant. The popular eatery collected more than 1,500 signatures on a petition campaigning for the change.

New neighborhood eatery Divino

DIVINE DIVINO As tipped in November, Fellini on University Avenue has metamorphosed into new restaurant Divino which opened this past weekend. When he was younger, owner Marco Polo Garbarino spent most summers in Italy with his “Nonna” (grandma) and “Zia” (aunt), cooking and sharing stories. Divino’s cuisine is based on the Italian foods he remember from that childhood, and specifically the food of Liguria, the home of pesto. Divino is at 1404 University at Acton. Tel: 510-841 5200.

Verizon opening on Solano

MOBILE UPLOAD As tipped in Shop Talk, Verizon is moving in to the space at 1831 Solano Avenue formerly occupied by Front Row Video. Look for an imminent opening.

NEBUS NO MORE We reported on the closure of two clothing stores on Telegraph last week — Tienda Ho and Wet Seal. Now comes news that diminutive fashion boutique Nibus, at 2445 Dwight Way (between Dana and Telegraph), has also shuttered.

Shop Talk is our regular column in which we post updates on Berkeley businesses — openings, closings, new directions, relaunches, relocations. If you’re a Berkeley business with news, or a Berkeleysider who has spotted a change in your neighborhood or on your travels, shoot us an email with the details. Read previous Shop Talk columns here.

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  • Heather W.

    Can’t wait to try Divino; in my neighborhood and I really didn’t like Fellini’s wishy-washy we’re not-veg, but we’re not carne, either, attitude.  Looking forward to a nice new restaurant in my ‘hood!

  • Bryan Garcia

    Hate to break it to you, but Divino still has a lot of vegetarian and vegan options. I don’t see anything wrong with catering to both carnivores and herbivores. Look at Gather, for example. They’re one of the best, most critically-acclaimed restaurants to recently open in Berkeley.

  • EBGuy

    Speaking of clothing stores closing down — Outback shuttered its location on Fourth and is back to its single store in Pt. Richmond.