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Sutter Health East Bay Medical Foundation opened a new clinic in 2500 Milvia St. on Jan. 26. Photo: Seung Y. Lee
Sutter Health East Bay Medical Foundation opened a new clinic in 2500 Milvia St. on Jan. 26. Photo: Seung Y. Lee

NEW: SUTTER HEALTH BERKELEY CARE CENTER  Sutter Health opened a new clinic in the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center/Herrick campus on Jan. 26. The new center houses pediatric, family medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology departments, as well as lab services and some imaging, according to a Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation press release. The urgent-care clinic is also open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends. Sutter Health Berkeley Care Center is at 2500 Milvia St. (at Dwight Way).

Gunshot at Ed Roberts Campus, Nov. 29, 2012. Photo: Emilie Raguso
Photo: Emilie Raguso

COMING SOON : LIFELONG BERKELEY PRIMARY CARE Currently located in the Herrick Hospital complex on Shattuck and Dwight, LifeLong Medical Care plans to move its primary-care clinic, LifeLong Medical Care Ashby Health Center, to the Ed Roberts campus by Ashby BART in late April, according to a spokesperson. It will join other healthcare-related tenants such as Alameda Alliance for Health, and the California Department of Rehabilitation. LifeLong provides healthcare to low-income residents, and its primary care services include women’s health services, chronic disease screening and management, referrals to specialists, and mental health services. LifeLong retains its main West Berkeley clinic at 837 Addison St. LifeLong Medical Care Ashby Health Center is at 3075 Adeline St. (between Essex and Woolsey).

Core Power Yoga
CorePower Yoga: opening second Berkeley studio

COMING SOON: COREPOWER YOGA CorePower Yoga is set to open its second studio in Berkeley this month. The new studio is downtown, on the northeast corner of Shattuck and Bancroft, while the original is located at 811 University Ave. in West Berkeley. The Shattuck studio comprises two large yoga rooms as well as changing rooms with showers and private lockers, and a full retail boutique offering men’s and women’s active wear and accessories. The studio will be open from 6 a.m to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Core Power Yoga is getting ready to open at 2295 Shattuck Ave. (at Bancroft Way).

Proposed site of Lemat Ethiopian. Image: Google Maps
Proposed site of Lemat Ethiopian. Image: Google Maps

DELAYED: LEMAT ETHIOPIAN RESTAURANT We have written about the arrival of Lemat Ethiopian Restaurant and Café in South Berkeley’s Lorin District twice over the past two years. It turns out the restaurant will take even longer to open than expected due to a variety of factors, according to owner Gezahegn Mengistu. These include securing the necessary city permits and acquiring furniture. Mengistu is working remotely from his home in Switzerland, which is an added complication. However Mengistu says Lemat will open in “August 2015 for sure.” His vision for Lemat is of a casual eatery that will offer a variety of stews and skewered meat in the heart of South Berkeley. Lemat Ethiopian Restaurant will be at 3212 Adeline St. (between Fairview and Harmon).


Sumo Roll will open in April, according to its website. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel

COMING SOON: SUMO SUSHI ROLL For those craving a healthier and fishier burrito roll, Sumo Sushi Roll is opening in April in downtown Berkeley to sate your appetite. Serving burrito-sized sushi rolls, Sumo Sushi Roll will also provide vegetarian options. Just a block from both Downtown Berkeley BART and the UC Berkeley campus, Sumo Sushi Roll plans to be open six days a week. Sumo Sushi Roll will be at 2173 Allston Way (at Oxford).

Fieldwork Brewing co. Photo: Tracey Taylor
Fieldwork Brewing co. Photo: Tracey Taylor

NEW: FIELDWORK BREWING West Berkeley’s newest brewery is up and running after previewing its beers during SF Beer Week (as reported on last week’s Nosh Bites). Fieldwork Brewing Company‘s taproom, at Sixth and Harrison streets, offers guests a rotating selection of seasonal and limited release brews in addition to its flagship offerings. Beers on tap right now include Fieldwork’s Double IPA, Rye Pale Ale, Burning Daylight IPA, Morning Time Breakfast Stout, and Hella Revolutionary, a collaboration with Altamont Beer Works in Livermore. On the food menu are British-style meat, vegetable and vegan pies (“pasties”) made by Oakland’s The Pie Shop. Fieldwork plans to host beer-pairing dinners in the future, as well as pairing seminars and scheduled tours. Fieldwork Brewing is at 1160 Sixth St. (at Harrison Street) Read more at Nosh.

Victory Point Cafe
Photo: Victory Point Café

COMING SOON: VICTORY POINT CAFÉ  Also reported on Nosh BitesVictory Point Café just signed a lease on the space at 1797-A Shattuck Ave. in the hopes of opening this summer. The café will boast a selection of at least 500 board games, ranging from classics like Monopoly to Eurogames like Settlers of Catan and Dominion. Victory Point plans to serve a casual menu of snacks, sandwiches, salads and desserts. On the drinks side, both coffee and craft beer will be on offer. Victory Point Café will be at 1791-A Shattuck Ave. (between Francisco and Delaware). 

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.