Partners to open Take 5 Café as new Berkeley hub

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New coffee shop Take 5 will open at 3132 Sacramento St. in Berkeley, a few doors up from Moxy Beer Garden. Photo: Tracey Taylor

Glynis Fairley and Karen Rosen are hoping to create a new coffee destination in an underserved Berkeley neighborhood with the opening next month of Take 5 Café at 3132 Sacramento St.

The motivation is straightforward: the couple live nearby on Woolsey Street and want a place to go themselves. “We often ask ourselves, why isn’t there a social gathering place here, somewhere to meet other neighbors?” said Rosen. “We’d go to a local hangout, so hopefully others will too.”

Take 5 (which we tipped in Bites), is currently being built out and aims to be open before the end of August. It is near the intersection with 67th Street, just a few doors north of the recently opened Moxy Beer Garden.

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Bicycle Coffee will be served at the new Take 5 cafe at 3132 Sacramento Street in Berkeley

What will be on the menu? Expect drip and French press from the Bay Area’s Bicycle Coffee Company, and pastries and sandwiches featuring ingredients from local purveyors like Fra’ Mani charcuterie and Diestel turkey.

“We are focusing on local food purveyors,” said Rosen. Breads and some pastries will be from Semifreddi’s; other pastries will be provided by Ultimate Cookie and Flour Chylde Bakery of Novato (the latter are gluten-free). “We will also feature handcrafted chocolates from Oakland’s Nancy Nadel and Spanish Patatas from Berkeley’s Marcos Quezada,” Rosen said.

Take 5 is a family affair in that several of Fairley and Rosen’s seven children have rolled up their sleeves to help get the the place up and running, and daughter Aisha will be working at the coffee shop full-time when it opens. The couple have had their eye on the Sacramento Street space for a while, but, until it recently went up for rent, it was sitting vacant for at least two years, Rosen said.

The partners received a $25,000 loan from Opportunity Fund to help kickstart the business (watch video below to learn more). Rosen says their respective careers to date — social work and post office employee — has given them the customer service and finance skills that will be essential to running a café.


One area of the Sacramento Street space will be given over to a gift shop and art gallery. Rosen will exhibit some of her own work, as well as that of local artists.

Rosen said that already the café is getting a lot of support even though it’s been nothing more than a construction site for the past few months. The Bicycle Coffee sign in the window is a giveaway, and passers-by often stop to say how much they are looking forward to having a local coffee shop.

As for the name, it has a dual resonance, said Rosen. There’s the famous Dave Brubeck song, of course, and there’s also the idea of “taking five.” As Rosen says, everyone needs to take a break sometimes.

Related:
Eat the Street: Elmwood Café defines community (07.18.13)
Berkeley neighbors’ bid to halt Starbucks stumbles (07.02.13)
New beer garden, burger spot for South Berkeley (03.15.13)

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  • dsd510

    Really looking forward to this! It’s especially great to see local, community-oriented people opening a new place in the area rather than gentrifying corporations. I’ll make sure to come by and support Take Five when it opens :)

  • Mbfarrel

    Good on you. Sacramento will be a more active and more interesting street and center for the neighborhood. Luck and success.

  • Linda

    Good luck. Will be sure to stop by. Thanks for your contribution to the community.

  • Caitlin McShane

    So excited for Karen and Glynis! Opportunity Fund believes in you!

  • 67th Street

    Yay! So excited to hear about this. I live just a few blocks away and look forward to the opening! (Also, this couple and their family seem lovely.)

  • David D.

    I’m a fan of Bicycle Coffee, so I’ll definitely give this cafe a try. It’s much closer to home than Arbor Cafe at Telegraph & 42nd in Temescal. Props to the owners for making a difference in this neighborhood.

  • Chris J

    Live the dream, folks. I, too, fantasize about opening a coffee shop. I wish you well and success. You folks are like a lot of professions…you will put in a lot of work and time and have a level of job satisfaction that is hard to compare. You, in that sense, are like teachers, artists, social workers–all who contribute to the common good.

    Alas, and paid incommensurately.