Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

One Medical has opened a Berkeley office at xxxx Shattuck Ave. ( at xxx). Photo: One Medical Group

One Medical has opened a Berkeley office at 1801 Shattuck Ave. ( at Hearst). Photo: One Medical Group

ONE MEDICAL GROUP The “fastest-growing primary care practice in the country” has opened an office in Berkeley, at 1801 Shattuck Ave. at Hearst. One Medical Group says it offers “high-quality care and modern conveniences that you wouldn’t find at your typical doctor’s office” and its services are “designed around patients’ needs and busy lifestyles.” One Medical is throwing an opening celebration at its new office on Thursday June 5 from 5:30pm-7:30pm. There will be food from Liba Falafel , wine and beer, and a raffle to win some local goodies. RSVPs are appreciated.

Screen shot 2014-05-20 at 2.45.55 PMPERDITION SMOKEHOUSE New barbecue/craft beer hall Perdition Smokehouse is looking to open its doors at 2050 University Ave. (between Milvia and Shattuck) on Friday June 13. (We first tipped you about Perdition in March. ) The owners are Mike O’Brien and Chuck Stilphen (founder of Øl Beercafe, The Trappist, Trappist Provisions and Mikkeller Bar SF). The menu will include classics like beef brisket, pork shoulder, hot links, ribs and turkey breast. Expect traditional Southern sides such as collards, mac n’ cheese, coleslaw and Texas black-eyed peas, and a large selection of pies for dessert. The kitchen at Perdition Smokehouse will also double as a production facility for the newly formed Mikkeller Sausage Company which will supply associated bars and restaurants. There will be 43 beers on tap, a small, curated wine list, as well as non-alcoholic options like brewed iced tea, lemonade, and cold-pressed Blue Bottle coffee. A  Boylan’s soda fountain will also be available. The space, which used to house Zaika’s and, very briefly, Amadeus, includes an outdoor courtyard. Opening hours will be from 5:00pm to midnight the first few months and lunch service will be added near the end of summer. Unlike Stilphen’s other beer establishments, Perdition Smokehouse is open to all ages.

 Photo: ECEP

Photo: ECEP

DWIGHT WAY CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER UC Berkeley is opening a new infant and toddler care facility at 2427 Dwight Way in August. The Dwight Way Child Development Center will serve the UC Berkeley community, including people not affiliated with Cal. Dwight Way will be Berkeley’s fifth child development center, and home to 42 infants and toddlers. This will bring Berkeley’s total early childhood education and capacity to 256 children, between the ages of 3 months to kindergarten. The 6,650 sq. ft. building will also be certified LEED Silver.

RESTORATION HARDWARE If you’ve been down to Berkeley’s Fourth Street recently, you’ll have noticed that Restoration Hardware has vacated the premises at no. 1731. No word yet on why or what will take its place.

Photo: Cinnaholic

CINNAHOLIC Florian and Shannon Radke, owners of Berkeley’s Cinnaholic vegan cinnamon bun bakery at 2132 Oxford Street have partnered with Atlanta Franchise Group to franchise their store, with a potential 100 units opening up over the next five years nationally. The deal announcement comes on the heels of a recent appearance on the ABC reality show Shark Tank, where the pair turned down a $200,000 investment offer. The Radkes received several hundred franchise inquiries and offers within the first couple hours of the Shark Tank episode airing on May 9, they told the San Francisco Business Times. “We didn’t know the plant based food industry would blow up so immensely,” Radke said. “Now you have people like Bill Gates investing in the plant based foods industry.”

Photo: Hoi Polloi

HOI POLLOI We first told you about nano-brewery Hoi Polloi Brewpub & Beat Lounge in March last year. Now we learn, from founder Viet Vu, that it is set to open — at 1763 Alcatraz Ave. (at Adeline, next door to Easy Creole restaurant) — tomorrow, Thursday, May 22. A limited number of free appetizers will be available for customers between 5-7 p.m. Vu hopes the place will become “a neighborhood gathering space where everyone can enjoy craft beer and good beats.” There’s a bar and a few tables, with brew kettles and fermentation tanks in the back. Follow Hoi Polloi on Facebook.

Photo: Google Maps

DWIGHT WAY NURSERY Many readers have been in touch to relay the sad news that veteran family business Dwight Way Nursery, at 1001 Dwight Way, is going out of business after 30 years of serving Berkeley. The decision follows the untimely death of Emi Yabusaki from cancer in late April. Emi took over the running of the business with her brother Ken after their father, Frank, died in 1998. There is still time to support the nursery while it is still open. The nursery stocks a wide variety of shrubs, plants, flowers and trees, including a selection of plants suitable for Japanese-style gardens, and bonsai. Call the nursery on  (510) 845-6261 before going to check it’s open.

Shop Talk is our regular column in which we post updates on Berkeley businesses. 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, and check out Bites for the latest East Bay restaurant news.

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  • Chris

    Dwight Way will be sorely missed!

  • Robin

    Just a tip… Los Cilantros Mexican Restaurant has opened in the La Pena restaurant space! Yum!

  • Dwight Way Fan

    Terribly sorry to hear about the passing of Emi Yabusaki

  • withak30

    Tomo’s Japanese on San Pablo closed after barely a year sometime in the last month. Apparently he is opening a new place in the Richmond in SF instead. There is a post on Yelp from an employee saying something about the business being swallowed whole over variables he couldn’t control.

  • Ro

    Any idea what’s going in at the old Serendipity store on University?

  • emraguso

    Thanks for the tip!

  • emraguso

    Thank you for the tip — we’ll make a note of it.

  • emraguso

    We’ll see what we can find out. Are you seeing any activity?

  • Ro

    Just that the sign is down- wondering if it was rented or just taken off the market.

  • guest

    Pretty sure the Westbrae Biergarten is going to open for business this weekend.
    Haven’t heard an announcement but they have done a lot of work over the last few weeks and everything looks ready to open now.

  • EBGuy

    That basketball hoop looks like its asking for trouble. Wonder how long it’ll last? (I’ll give it a week…)

  • Frank Nachtman

    Cinnaholic doesn’t make “plant based foods” – this is white flour and sugar based junk food that has no place in a healthy plant based lifestyle.

  • dianarossi

    Yes, my sincere condolences to the Yabusaki family. I have enjoyed many years’s of buying plants and getting good planting advice from Emi and the rest of her family at this lovely nursery. Emi and her family’s business will be missed.

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