Daily Archives: November 28, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 11.28.12

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Large downtown Berkeley property changes hands

The Shattuck Cinemas property was sold
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A Los Angeles real estate group has snapped up the 92,000-square foot building that holds the Shattuck Cinemas, according to the San Francisco Business Times.

Hill Street Realty paid about $20 million, or $217 a square foot, for the property, formally known as Berkeley Center. In addition to the cinemas (which used to hold Hink’s Department Store) the property houses Habitot Children’s Museum, a Starbucks, and various offices. The Hotel Shattuck Plaza sits on the block, but was not included in the transaction. … Continue reading »

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John Sabatté Jr.: Saint Mary’s College High supporter

Donna and John Sabatté Jr. in 1988. Photo: Saint Mary's College High School
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This notice went out to the Saint Mary’s College High School community earlier this month, and has been shared here with permission.

John A. Sabatté Jr., loyal and beloved member of the  Saint Mary’s College High school Class of 1936, passed away in Lafayette on Nov. 20 at the age of 95.

As one of the high school’s most generous and committed supporters virtually over the course of his entire life, John remained true to his alma mater, attending school events, the annual Golf Invitational, and most importantly, the Class of 1936 reunion held each Spring at the Saint Mary’s Brothers’ Residence, until his health precluded it only two years ago. … Continue reading »

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New Berkeley bakery La Fournée to source locally

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Remember Frank Sally? He’s the award-winning pastry chef we told you about in August who is opening a traditional French-style bakery called La Fournée in Berkeley’s Claremont neighborhood. His latest ETA is January, he says, and work is progressing well.

Sally, who taught at the San Francisco Baking Institute, has taken over the old Bread Garden space next door to Peet’s on Domingo Avenue, across the street from the Claremont Hotel. In terms of the build-out, Sally reports he is collaborating with Dan Austin from Berkeley’s Rocket Restaurant Resource, who has been “invaluable in the process.” He is working on the service area of the store himself and hopes to use the original floor there and bring the room back to its original form as much as possible.

“My hearth oven arrived from Italy and a lot of my equipment is on the way,” he tells us. … Continue reading »

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Where in Berkeley?

Where in Berkeley?

Know where this is? Take a guess and let us know in the Comments.

Update, 10.04am: Kester correctly identified this painted door as being on Acton — it’s in the 2600 block to be precise. Congratulations, Kester, on being not just this week’s winner, but this week’s only player!

Photo: George Torgun.

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