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Until recently, Rogue Café operated a public brunch business on Ellis Street in South Berkeley. It is now a by-invitation-only event.

By far the most controversial story of the week surrounded Rogue Café, a pop-up brunch spot in south Berkeley. With its crisp waffles, which its chef Eric Thoreson spent weeks perfecting, and its funky back-door décor, the story seemed a perfect example of this region’s do-it-yourself locavore movement. But readers wanted to know more: did Rogue have a permit? Was the food safe? How could the owners operate a commercial business in a residential district? There were 167 comments  on the story, expressing concerns that wavered between the operation’s legality and Berkeley’s rush to regulate. The commentators also criticized us for not asking the tough questions in the first place. By the end of Monday, the Health Department had contacted Thoreson about his operations and Rogue Café officially became a private, by invitation, brunch.

Kriss Worthington’s decision to jump into the Berkeley mayoral race prompted discussion of Berkeley’s political future and whether Worthington, Tom Bates, or someone else would be the city’s best steward.

With the Berkeley City Council poised to adopt a resolution next week asking that the U.S. Postal service not sell the main post office at 2000 Allston Way, the future of this historic building has suddenly become central to the future of downtown. But, given the lack of success of other communities around the country, the likelihood of stopping the sale is slim. Still, Berkeleyans are not going to sit idly by. They held a rally outside the building on Tuesday, and are talking about forming a national coalition to fight the sales of historic post offices.

And for something just plain fun, check out John Rieger and Nancy Rubin’s podcast/slide show of proud chicken owners. Berkeley backyard farmers take pride in their chicks.

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  • Anonymous

    The sad, horrific story of how the commenters on an innocent website managed to make the website look terrible.
    I’m so sorry berkeleyside.
    I have to say, if the commenting here wasn’t such a free-for-all of personal vendettas and insults, maybe it wouldn’t attract these crazies. Or at least they wouldn’t hang around long. Could some light moderation be the answer?

  • Anon

    The business in question is being run illegally.  There are no food safety inspection.  There are no permits.  There is no apparent consideration being shown to the neighbors either.  The original story should have covered all of these obvious points/questions.  It feel to those commenting to take up the slack.  One of the most active commenters on this one story claimed to be a neighbor and did seem to go off the deep end about this issue.  Aside from him, there was little or no inappropriate comments.

    For better or worse, the commenters make this site worth perusing since its ability to cover stories is limited on a daily basis.

  • Guest

    BSide reports as follows:

    “Rogue Café, a pop-up brunch spot held on weekends in a Berkeley
    backyard, has chosen to become a private event after a Berkeleyside
    story prompted a visit by the city’s health department.

    “After speaking with the health department we have decided to make
    Rogue a private event. It is the only legal way for us to continue in
    our current state,” co-owner Eric Thoresen told Berkeleyside.”

    This report says that the City ‘took action’ by explaining to the proprietors of the (presumably unsafe and certainly unregulated) concern the method whereby they can keep doing exactly what they were doing.  Isn’t that the City has doing nothing while giving the appearance of being responsive?  Or did I get that wrong?