Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

Sliver: opening in January

SLIVER PIZZERIA Sports bar and restaurant Sportivo at 2132 Center St. in downtown Berkeley will not be renewing its lease and plans to close on Dec. 15. Sliver Pizzeria is moving into the space and expects open in January 2013. Sliver says it plans to “use the freshest and finest quality ingredients on our pizza as a means to promoting human health and empowering the fight against human trafficking around the world.” Sliver Pizzeria, 2132 Center St.

SEA SALT Haig and Cindy Krikorian’s K2 Restaurant Group has sold Sea Salt, the Berkeley seafood restaurant on San Pablo Avenue, on the heels of its September divestment of T-Rex Barbeque. (K2 also owns Lalime, Jimmy Beans, Paisan and Fonda.) Sea Salt’s new owner is Sung Su Han, according to Inside Scoop which reported that the pair wants to downsize. Sea Salt will keep its name and menu through December, when it will close for about a week, then reopen as Eat. Chef Quyen Vu will stay on board, but will change to a small-plates format, according to Diablo. The adjacent dining room will be transformed into a lounge in the next six to eight months, after which it will become Eat + Lounge. The Krikorians will stay involved as outside consultants. Sea Salt, 2512 San Pablo Ave., 510-883-1720.

UCafé: popular late night spot

U CAFE UC students looking for a late night snack have been raving about UCafé, which opened in late August at 2550 Durant Ave. The café, which serves a wide assortment of baked goods, is open until 2:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, and to midnight on other nights. UCafé has all kinds of different pastries including hot dog buns with scallions, BBQ pork pastry, pineapple buns, Russian bread, Japanese milk bread, Portuguese egg tart, cheesecake, and tiramisu.

Fiveten burger truck: going steady

HANDLEBAR You’ll have seen Roland Robles’s Fiveten Burger Truck at Off The Grid and other street food gatherings for the past few years. Now, according to Grub Street SF, Robles plans to open — with partner Jennifer Seideman — a brick and mortar spot. Handlebar will be in the former Templebar Tiki Bar & Grill space on University Avenue.  Spring is the expected opening time. Handlebar, 984 University Ave.

Check last week’s It List for a list of open studios, bazaars, and pop-up stores happening in the run-up to the holidays.

Shop Talk is Berkeleyside’s 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.

Many of this week’s Shop Talk items were first published on Berkeleyside NOSH, our online East Bay food magazine. Follow Berkeleyside NOSH on Twitter, and on Facebook.

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  • Chris

    I wanted to like Sea Salt, but the sophistication and consistency of the food did not match the prices. I wonder what Eat will be like…

  • Biker 94703

    Why, in a college town of 30k undergrads, are there no 24 hour cafes?

    Hey people in charge, if you actually want a “vibrant” downtown, get rid of whatever stupid law that is preventing this.

  • Shutter

    Eat? Thats the name? Strike one…

  • Tizzielish

    I, for one, am glad there are no 24 hour cafes in Berkeley. Late night cafes tend to serve drunks roaming the streets, making noise and tempting street crime. Having 30K undergrads is an excellent reason not to have 24 hour cafes. Until undergrad drinking and recreational-drug-use ceases, undergrads don’t need somewhere to ‘go’ at 2 or 3 a.m. cause they are drunk or high and still wanna party on.

  • anon

    Drunks wandering the streets, students & etc… ok, this is avery paranoid view. Do you have any idea how often students are up all night studying? Besides, I’d just like to come out as NOT opposed to partying. In fact I enjoy parties. Does that make me too debauched forBerkeley? I would hope this town could have a bit more of a cosmopolitan attitude towards nightlife.
    It’s not bad just because it happens after dark.

  • M.E. Lawrence

    Very dumb name. I’d keep Sea Salt, or something maritime, especially if they’re going to still offer mostly seafood.

    Damn. I hope the new owner also keeps the old bartenders and the courteous servers.

  • Tizzielish

    I don’t think it’s bad just cause it happens after dark. I live downtown and hear drunken students almost nightly, staggering around. And what about all the party houses along College and Piedmont? This is a major problem in pockets of the city and my objections have nothing to do with darkness: it is drunks, high young adults, barfing young adults, loudly shouting but too drunk to realize they are awakening families at 3 a.m. with their partying? I did not imagine frat row or huge college houses that regularly throw large parties that greatly disturb the quality of life of residential non-student neighbors. Look at cop reports: it is real, “anon”.

  • The Sharkey

    Funny how your idea of “drunks roaming the streets” sounds pretty darn similar to the idea a lot of people have of Berkeley’s street people. Yet you think people should just put up and shut up when it comes to that issue…

    If you don’t like being near a University with 30k undergraduates, how about you move somewhere other than a subsidized apartment almost directly across the street from campus?

  • Undergrads who want to drink and smoke all night are going to do so whether there are 24 hour dining establishments open or not. Better they have a clean, well-lit, safe place to go to where they can dilute the toxins in their bodies than be out “roaming the streets.”

  • And thank goodness for our quiet, drunk- and crime-free streets in Berkeley. 24-hour cafe’s would be the beginning of the end!

  • suckatash

    Is there a law against 24 hour cafes? Who would want to run one in Bekeley? It would be less hassle and more profitiable to run a laundramat.

  • Howie Mencken

    “I live downtown and hear drunken students almost nightly, staggering around.”

    Without checking ID’s and consulting with the registrar’s office, are you assuming these drunken staggerers are all students by the ruckus they make….hmmm:

    (Scene: 2:30 am, Shattuck. We hear loud voices arguing.)

    “Hey Joel!…When oxidation numbers change during a chemical reaction, dat’s a redox reaction. Right?”

    “FU Dylan! And your redox reaction!…Kinetica says you put the moves on her after her stat class?!?”

    “No way man!! I was in lab…”

  • Biker 94703
  • suckatash

    lol. Touche Biker. Touche.

  • anon

    >sarcastic quotes
    Right, because your real name is “TizzieLish”

  • David D.

    Your logic defies explanation. There is no correlation between drinking, student drinking, drug use, noise, crime, and the presence of 24-hour cafes. People will be or act the way they are anyway. If anything, 24-hour cafes might pull some otherwise drunk, high, and/or loud people off the streets and allow them a place to sober up and quiet down. And for everyone else in this town who has to travel outside the city limits to do anything after midnight, 24-hour cafes would offer a refreshingly cosmopolitan option in an otherwise stodgy, nostalgia-riddled community.

  • signoradefarge

    I agree. Anyway, what’s wrong with peace and quiet late at night?

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