On Monday this week, Chez Panisse re-opened to the public after an early-morning fire in March shut the landmark restaurant down for nearly four months. On that day, we published an interview with owner Alice Waters who spoke about the process of rebuilding, and how her team turned a crisis into an opportunity to do a little re-inventing. Waters also said she had thought of moving the restaurant to a totally different location on more than one occasion.
Much to the relief of many Berkeleyans, Chez Panisse has stayed put. Today we bring you photographs of the results of all the careful restoration and rebuilding work that has gone into bringing the restaurant back to life.
Alice Waters: The response to the fire is the reason I want to live in Berkeley (06.24.13)
Chez Panisse sets opening date after fire (04.30.13)
Chez Panisse closed indefinitely, major rebuild needed (03.19.13)
Chez Panisse rebuilds, focuses on re-opening (03.13.13)
Fire at Chez Panisse damages front of restaurant (03.08.13)