Pathos closed, Cha-Am closing, more news

Pan-Seared Halibut with Fresh Fava-Green Garlic Purée and Moschifilero Beurre Blanc at Pathos in Berkeley which is celebrating its first birthday. Photo: Pathos
Pan-Seared Halibut at Pathos in downtown Berkeley, which has closed following a “dispute” with the restaurant’s landlord. Photo: Pathos

Openings, closings

PATHOS CLOSED, AT LEAST FOR NOW Because of a “dispute” with the restaurant’s landlord, Berkeley’s Pathos is currently closed. Co-owner Nick Eftimiou told Nosh that “our landlord has decided to ask us to move and will seek another tenant.” The decision is currently under negotiation. He added, on behalf of his family and the entire restaurant team: “This unfortunate event was unforeseen and had happened very quickly. We have been devastated by this as we have had such loyal, loving employees and fan base with overwhelming customer support throughout the years. We feel as if we had made a true connection with the city of Berkeley and are saddened that, during this time, we have not been allowed to service our customers who we consider Family. We wish to thank the entire City of Berkeley for welcoming us with open arms and our local communities who have showed us its humility and generous hospitality.” Several readers contacted us to say they had arrived for dinner at Pathos in recent days, some with reservations, and found the restaurant to be closed. The family-owned Greek restaurant opened in November 2013. We will keep you posted as the story develops. Pathos Organic Greek Kitchen is at 2430 Shattuck Ave. (between Haste Street and Channing Way), Berkeley. Connect with the restaurant on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Photo: Cha-Am/Facebook
North Berkeley’s Cha-Am will close Nov. 6. An Indian restaurant will open in its place. Photo: Cha-Am/Facebook

CHA-AM CLOSING, WILL BECOME JOTMAHAL PALACE The popular North Berkeley Thai restaurant Cha-Am (pictured top) will have its last day of service Nov. 6. A Nosh tipster told us that Cha-Am’s owners have decided to retire. Moving in will be an Indian restaurant called Jotmahal Palace, according to the Daily Cal. Jotmahal Palace’s owner Gurnam Singh has been a cook in Berkeley for 16 years, and he says his food will stand out from other Indian restaurants because he will be making it fresh to order, instead of in advance. Singh told the Daily Cal that he plans to offer plenty of vegetarian options as well as curry-house classics like chicken tikka masala. He will begin construction soon after Cha-Am closes, and will likely make changes to both the interior and exterior of the restaurant. There’s no opening date yet for Jotmahal Palace, but we will keep you posted as we learn more. Jotmahal Palace will be at 1543 Shattuck Ave. (at Cedar Street), Berkeley.

Peony tea at Julia's Coffee and Tea. Photo: gwen/Flickr
Peony tea at Julia’s Coffee and Tea. Photo: gwen/Flickr

JULIE’S COFFEE AND TEA MOVING INTO OLD NICK AND ARON’S SPOT It looks like the popular Alameda coffee and tea garden, Julie’s, will be opening a second location in Oakland. Owner Julie Baron has applied for an ABC license for beer and wine sales for the new café, which will open in the former location of Nick and Aron’s. Nick and Aron’s closed last fall after “no longer [being] able to pay the high costs of running a large operation,” according to a Facebook post last year. Baron opened her Alameda location, which is a Nosh Guide Readers’ Pick for Coffee and Tea, in 2005, after working for 10 years in wholesale and five years raising her own aromatic and tonic herbs and flowers. In addition to tea, coffee, beer and wine, Julie’s offers a food menu, complete with eggs, scones, pastries, salads and grilled sandwiches. We’ll keep you posted on an opening date. Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden will be at 4316 Telegraph Ave. (at 43rd Street), Oakland. Connect with the café on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Photo: @anthonyscookies/Instagram
Photo: @anthonyscookies/Instagram

SF’S ANTHONY’S COOKIES OPENING SECOND LOCATION IN BERKELEY Another popular eatery opening a new East Bay location is Anthony’s Cookies, which currently has a shop on Valencia Street in San Francisco’s Mission District. Owner Anthony Lucas will open his new bakery in the former Fenton MacLaren shop at 2575 San Pablo Ave. in Berkeley. Lucas got his start selling cookies out of his car while he was a student at San Francisco State University. He opened his Valencia Street shop in 2009; there he sells a rotating selection of both wheat-filled and gluten-free cookies, plus candied nuts and cream-topped milk. Anthony’s Berkeley location will offer the same cookie line-up, as well as ice cream and espresso from San Francisco’s Four Barrel Coffee. The café will offer counter seating and a full view to the cookie production area, and is being designed by Oakland’s Medium Plenty. Architect Ian Read told Nosh that Anthony’s Cookies will likely open in spring 2017. Anthony’s Cookies will be at 2575 San Pablo Ave. (between Blake and Parker streets), Berkeley. Connect with the bakery on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Fried Brussels sprouts from Mockingbird. Photo: Mockingbird/Facebook
Fried Brussels sprouts from Mockingbird. Photo: Mockingbird/Facebook

TIDBITS: JUICE ORIGINZ, POKI POKE, MOCKINGBIRD Berkeley will soon get another juice bar, this one near campus on Telegraph Avenue. Juice Originz, as the shop will be called, will offer 100% organic acai bowls, almond milk, cold-pressed juices and smoothies, according to the Daily Cal. Also in Berkeley, we now have a name for the poke restaurant replacing Bonita Fish Market: Poki Poke. No word yet on an opening date, but the restaurant has put up hiring notices in the windows. In Oakland, we hear that Mockingbird will open its new location on 13th Street in January. (Hat tip: Diablo Magazine.) From the restaurant’s Facebook page, it sounds like it will open with a full, type 47 liquor license. (Mockingbird’s owners decided to move the restaurant after being unable to acquire a liquor license in its previous location.) Juice Originz will be at 2493 Telegraph Ave. (at Dwight Way), Berkeley. Poki Poke will be at 1941 University Ave. (at Bonita Avenue), Berkeley. Mockingbird will be at 418 13th St. (at Franklin Street), Oakland. Connect with the restaurant on Facebook and Twitter.

Dinners and events

Photo: Fourth Street Shops/Facebook
Last year’s Trick or Treat on Fourth Street. Photo: Fourth Street Shops/Facebook

HALLOWEEN IN THE EAST BAY Since Halloween doesn’t technically fall until Monday, we’ve got a full three days to celebrate the holiday. In Berkeley, Fourth Street will hold its annual Trick or Treat event on Monday from 2-5 p.m. Guests can trick-or-treat at 65 shops, listen to live music, participate in pumpkin painting and more. Parents can dip into “Monster Mash Punch” at Convert, while kids of all ages can dig into caramel popcorn at Café Rouge. Nearby, Fieldwork Brewing will be hosting both a dog costume and a pumpkin carving contest on Sunday. Pumpkin carving will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the dog costume contest will take place from 2-4 p.m. There will be cash prizes for both contests, but even those who don’t win can enjoy a beer or two. In Albany, the Gill Tract Community Farm is holding a harvest festival on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event includes a fresh farm lunch, a panel on food justice, a “Think Kitchen” event addressing food insecurity, and live music. In Oakland, Novel Brewing is tapping its Imperial Affliction stout, which has been aged in Woodford bourbon barrels, on Monday. The brewery encourages guests to stop by in costume, and it will have candy for kids. On Saturday and Sunday evenings, Temescal Brewing is screening four of its favorite halloween movies, complete with popcorn and candy. Crooked City Cider is holding a Scream Fest! complete with food, pumpkin and “bloody” cider, a costume contest and a screening of the original Scream movies. The all-ages event runs from 5-9 p.m. tonight at its 25th Street location. Optional advance drink tickets are available here. In Fruitvale, the 21st annual Día de los Muertos festival will take place on Sunday at the intersection of East 12th Street and 33rd Avenue. In addition to a community altar, continuous live entertainment and carnival rides, the event will include food and drinks from local vendors. In Alameda, Rock Wall Wine Company will host its annual Hallowine party tonight starting at 8 p.m. The 21+ event includes food from Scolari’s, the Stuff My Waffle truck and We the Minis cupcakes; live music and entertainment, plus plenty of wine from the winery. Prizes will be given out for most original, best homemade, best couple and spookiest costumes. Tickets are available hereLearn more about Trick or Treat on Fourth Street. Fieldwork Brewing is at 1160 Sixth St. (at Harrison Street), Berkeley. Connect with the brewery on Facebook and TwitterThe UC Gill Tract Community Farm is located on the corner of Marin and San Pablo avenues in Albany. Connect with the farm on Facebook. Novel Brewing Company is at 6510 San Pablo Ave. (at 65th Street), Oakland. Connect with the brewery on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Temescal Brewing is at 4115 Telegraph Ave. (at 41st Street), Oakland. Connect with the brewery on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.  Crooked City Cider is at 477 25th St. (between Broadway and Telegraph Avenue), Oakland. Connect with the company on FacebookTwitter and InstagramRock Wall Wine Company is at 2301 Monarch St. (at West Tower Avenue), Alameda. Connect with the winery on Facebook and Twitter.

Cal Peternell, chef at Chez Panisse and author of "Twelve Recipes." Photo courtesy of Cal Peternell
Cal Peternell, chef at Chez Panisse. Photo: Courtesy Cal Peternell

TWO BOOK EVENTS: CAL PETERNELL AT PIZZAIOLO AND FUCHSIA DUNLOP AT CAMINO On Sunday, Chez Panisse‘s Cal Peternell will be at Pizzaiolo from 2-4 p.m. to celebrate the launch of his new cookbook, A Recipe for Cooking. The afternoon event will include “amazing snacks and wine,” according to an email from Moe’s Books, which will be supplying the cookbooks for the event. A Recipe for Cooking is a seasonally organized book of “next-level” home cook recipes for occasions “large and small.” Next Tuesday, Chinese recipe specialist Fuchsia Dunlop will be at Camino for a Chinese feast celebrating the release of her newest work, Land of Fish and Rice. The prix-fixe meal is $120 (with tip), and it will include an hour of drinks and snacks in addition to the family-style dinner. Tickets are available here. Pizzaiolo is at 5008 Telegraph Ave. (at 51st Street), Oakland. Connect with the restaurant on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Camino is at 3917 Grand Ave. (between Jean Street and Sunny Slope Avenue), Oakland. Connect with the restaurant on Facebook and Twitter.

What else is going on…

Photo: City Slicker Farms/Facebook
City Slicker Farms has been awarded a $5,000 grant. Photo: City Slicker Farms/Facebook

CITY SLICKER FARMS GETS $5,000 FROM WHOLE CITIES FOUNDATION Oakland’s City Slicker Farms has just announced new grant money from the Whole Cities Foundation (a nonprofit established by Whole Foods that works alongside community-based organizations to improve neighborhood health). The money will help the nonprofit continue to work on its West Oakland farm park, as well as to continue providing mentorships and hands-on work experience to families in underserved communities. City Slicker’s farm includes beehives, chicken coops, greenhouses and orchards that serve as both educational models and food-production sites. A “nutrition demo zone” and outdoor classroom provides further learning opportunities. And a large expanse of market beds funnels fresh produce to the on-site farmstand, which provides healthy food at a sliding scale to the neighborhood. It also provides plots for community gardens for nearby apartment dwellers and others who can’t grow food at home. City Slicker Farms is at 2847 Peralta St. (at 28th Street), Oakland. Connect with the organization on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Roast chickens. Photo: The Local Butcher Shop/Facebook
Roast chickens. Photo: The Local Butcher Shop/Facebook

THE LOCAL BUTCHER SHOP NOW DELIVERING Berkeley’s Local Butcher Shop is now partnering with Pedal Express to deliver its meat throughout Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville and Oakland. Delivery fees are $12 for Emeryville, and much of Berkeley, Albany and Oakland. It raises to $15 for most people living in the hills. There’s free delivery on orders over $100, and the butcher shop will split the fee for smaller orders through Oct. 31. Find out more details hereThe Local Butcher Shop is at 1600 Shattuck Ave. (at Cedar Street), Berkeley. Connect with the butcher shop on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


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