West Berkeley Philz Coffee: Now officially open

West Berkeley Philz on Gilman Street. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Philz Coffee held a soft opening party in West Berkeley on Gilman Street, at Ninth, on Monday. Photo: Emilie Raguso

West Berkeley’s Gilman Street commercial corridor is getting busy, with Whole Foods Market set to open in November, and a new Philz Coffee outlet officially opening today, July 29.

Philz, at 1313 Ninth St., held a soft opening celebration Monday, and gave away free cookies and coffee to attendees from noon to 4 p.m. It’s the second Philz location in Berkeley, joining the Shattuck Avenue Philz in the Gourmet Ghetto, which opened in 2010.

Philz founder Phil Jaber was in attendance Monday, along with his son, Philz CEO Jacob Jaber, and many other members of the Philz team. Dozens of friends, supporters and other community members stopped by for a sip and a bite, and to check out the new shop throughout the afternoon.

The senior Jaber, who opened the first Philz in 2003, said he’s all about building community and creating a relaxing place where his customers will feel at home. With friendly baristas and ample seating inside and out, the new Philz location — the 15th in the Bay Area — makes it easy to do just that.

There’s a sunny patio outside that will be shared by several other food-oriented tenants, which are set to include Farm Burger and Doughnut Dolly in the Gilman District shopping complex. Last time we checked, Farm Burger was aiming for a September opening. According to Doughnut Dolly’s Facebook page, its new shop is nearly done and hopes to open soon.

On the same property, to the east, are Office Depot and Road Runner Sports, as well as Soccer Pro and T-Rex BBQ Restaurant & Bar. (T-Rex was not part of the property’s re-development, which was spearheaded by Foothill Partners Inc. of El Dorado Hills and The Pratt Company of Mill Valley, in a venture known as Gilman Partners LLC. The project’s leasing agent is San Francisco firm Retail West.)

Much of the momentum for the property’s expansion has been driven by a decision by Whole Foods Market to open its second location on Gilman at Ninth Street, just north of the complex.

Philz Coffee is open daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Connect with the business on Facebook and Twitter.

Scroll down to see photographs from Monday’s soft launch party.

West Berkeley Philz on Gilman Street. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Many community members came out Monday for the unofficial launch of the new Philz on Gilman. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Jacob Jaber, Philz CEO (far left), and his father, Philz owner Phil Jaber (far right) with friends John Panella (center left) and Gary Sabatte (center right) at the West Berkeley Philz opening on Gilman Street. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Jacob Jaber, Philz CEO (far left), and his father, Philz founder Phil Jaber (far right) with friends John Panella (center left) and Gary Sabatte (center right) at the West Berkeley Philz opening party. Photo: Emilie Raguso

West Berkeley Philz on Gilman Street. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Industrial chic decor at the West Berkeley Philz on Gilman: distressed wood tables, bare bulb lighting. Photo: Emilie Raguso

West Berkeley Philz on Gilman Street. Photo: Emilie Raguso

A barista explains what he’s made for customers at the West Berkeley Philz on Gilman Street. Photo: Emilie Raguso

West Berkeley Philz on Gilman Street. Photo: Emilie Raguso

The West Berkeley Philz on Gilman has ample outdoor seating on a sunny patio. Photo: Emilie Raguso

West Berkeley Philz on Gilman Street. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Store manager Buthina Rashid at the West Berkeley Philz on Gilman Street. Photo: Emilie Raguso

West Berkeley Philz on Gilman Street. Photo: Emilie Raguso

The new West Berkeley Philz on Gilman: Note the stylish travel mugs and air plant art. Photo: Emilie Raguso

West Berkeley Philz on Gilman Street. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Baristas prepare beverages at the new West Berkeley Philz on Gilman Street. Photo: Emilie Raguso

West Berkeley Philz on Gilman Street. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Philz founder Phil Jaber speaks with a fan at the new West Berkeley Philz on Gilman Street. Photo: Emilie Raguso

West Berkeley Philz on Gilman Street. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Monday’s unofficial opening was a chance for community connections at Philz on Gilman. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Baristas prepare beverages at the new West Berkeley Philz on Gilman Street. Photo: Emilie Raguso

A barista prepares a drink at the new West Berkeley Philz on Gilman Street. Photo: Emilie Raguso

West Berkeley Philz on Gilman Street. Photo: Emilie Raguso

The new West Berkeley Philz on Gilman Street: parking lot included. Photo: Emilie Raguso

The new West Berkeley Philz on Gilman Street is just south of an in-progress Whole Foods build out

The new West Berkeley Philz on Gilman is just south of an in-progress Whole Foods build out. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Read more about development in West Berkeley on Gilman Street. Read more about the new Whole Foods that’s coming to West Berkeley. Read more about West Berkeley.

Related:
Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses (07.23.14)
Breaking: West Berkeley Whole Foods to open Nov. 4 (07.22.14)
Berkeley’s first 2 parklets to open this fall (06.19.14)
Farm Burger, Soccer Pro, Road Runner Sports to Berkeley (02.28.14)
Bites: What’s new in East Bay food (11.22.13)
Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses (05.21.13)
Whole Foods confirms rumors of new Berkeley store (02.13.13)
North Berkeley merchants want parklets for the people (08.31.12)
Cool Berkeley coffee joints to get your caffeine on (07.16.12)
Gilman Village: a Berkeley shopping area in transition (02.09.11)
Let roast rage begin: Philz Coffee opens in Berkeley (05.25.10)

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  • Aaron Glimme

    Love Philz, the mocha there is the best tasting beverage I have ever had. Also I’m excited that the new Parklet outside of Philz on Shattuck got funded. :)

  • SamJam

    I stopped by and had a cup of Tesora. Wonderful!

  • Heather62

    Iced mint mojito for my 1st visit this a.m. Super excited. Also met Donut Dolly herself. I gave her a hug as a welcome to the neighborhood.

  • guest

    Gilman Street can only meet its full potential as a commercial corridor if the Gilman I-80 interchange is reconstructed, which will happen if the Alameda County sales tax increase funding the transportation expenditure plan is passed in the fall. Two years ago it was narrowly defeated. let’s get this done!

  • Lillian Braudy

    Went there today- (Wed the 30th) it is cold ( temperature wise) drafty and thoroughly unpleasant. Never again; PS who was the worker scrubbing the sidewalk. Good Idea – hope she is getting
    20.00 per hour for that JOB

  • westberkelyres

    Gee, can you be a little more welcoming to a new hometown business! They’ve been open for 2 days! I look forward to supporting a coffeehouse that is not Starbuck’s.

  • Charles_Siegel

    You left out the key word:

    Looks like the PARKLET in front of the Cheeseboard is under construction.

  • Chris J

    Yes, I wish them great luck, and excited to see the growth in that area with WF being the anchor. Still–not a big fan of Philz coffee in terms of their brewing methods. Their coffee blends may be good, but how they choose to make their coffee makes ordering the first few times a real uphill climb for consumers.

  • Gusted

    I went to a then-new restaurant in the University/San Pablo area. Though there were more workers in the place; 2 of us to 4 of them, a simple order took 35 minutes to arrive.
    Despite it being a cold drizzley day, the hvac was blowing full force. They wouldn’t turn it off
    Sitting in a cold draft and being very hungry is not the way to keep customers. Haven’t been back.
    First impressions are hugely important. If you enjoyed your visit, wonderfui, tell us about it. It’s unlikely you’ll encourage someone who did not enjoy their visit to return by criticizing t
    And being “not Starbuck’s” is sooo Berkeley. Really?