Bella Osteria makes dream come true [SF Chronicle]
Berkeley Rep presents “Troublemaker” [SF Chronicle]
Sea Salt will reopen Friday as Eat + Lounge [Inside Scoop]
A look back: Berkeley takes steps to regulate water pipes [Mercury News]
Berkeley chooses compassion: Measure S rejected [Street Spirit]
A 34-year-old Berkeley man who was on parole for a 2010 assault on his mother has been charged with the stabbing death on Friday of a Berkeley woman in her 20s, according to authorities and media reports.
Update: 4:35 p.m. Water should resume flowing to south Berkeley residents around 5 p.m., according to a spokesman for EBMUD.
Sometimes it looks like there must be two or three guys named Andre Thierry running around the Bay Area, setting small zydeco conflagrations with sizzling accordion riffs. But no, the Richmond-raised Thierry has become the region’s most visible torchbearer for Louisiana’s signature Creole blend of R&B, soul and Acadian culture.
FROM CLOTHES TO PIZZA Landlord Ken Sarachan has applied to open a new “family and student oriented” eatery — serving salads, gourmet pizza and pasta — named Biondi’s Cafe, at 2360 Telegraph Ave. You may remember it as Wet Seal, which has closed. (Thanks to Charles Siegel for the tip.) Architect Mark Thieme said, in his application to the city, the space “will feature a bar and restaurant seating with a bistro style atmosphere.” Interior improvements will include “a new commercial kitchen, open seating areas, bar type seating, accessible restrooms and a production lift” for storage on the existing mezzanine. The cafe will seat about 80 people, with a capacity of 150. The space has applied for permission to be open from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, and could offer live music. The application is set for review before the Zoning Adjustments Board on Jan. 10. (more…)
Berkeley resident and environmental activist Charles Siegel argues, in an Opinionator piece published today, that a key step on the way to Telegraph Avenue’s revitalization will be to widen its sidewalks. Siegel, author of Unplanning: Livable Cities and Political Choices, takes a closer look at ideas suggested by Berkeley Design Advocates, which inclue converting Bancroft Way and Durant Avenue into two-way streets. Widening the sidewalks, Siegel says, “will create room to plant trees and add cafe seating on this side of the street, making it an attractive shopping street facing campus.” Center Street is an example where this has worked.
Berkeley Design Advocates has suggested many good ideas for revitalizing the Telegraph Ave. shopping district, and I think the most important is their proposal to make Bancroft and Durant two-way, which would allow us to widen sidewalks in key locations.
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