Photos: Goodbye to Berkeley’s iconic Caffe Med

Last day at Caffe Med. Photo: Ted Friedman
The Telegraph Avenue Business District Holiday party at Caffe Med on Dec. 1. The event doubled as a farewell party for the iconic café which has been on Telegraph for six decades. Photo: Ted Friedman

A crowd turned out Thursday evening for the send-off of Caffe Med, the storied Telegraph Avenue café that has seen more than its share of city history, is referred to as the “home of the latte,” and — famously — was featured in the movie The Graduate.

After six decades on Telegraph, Caffe Mediterraneum to use its full name, is now closed. Longtime owner Craig Becker has transferred the lease to a group of restaurateurs.

Read more about Caffe Med on Berkeleyside.

Becker spoke at Thursday’s event, which doubled as the Telegraph Avenue Business District’s holiday party, as did Berkeley’s newly sworn-in mayor, Jesse Arreguín.


Becker plans to hand over the keys to the café, which is at 2475 Telegraph, on Jan. 1 and, after an extensive renovation, the café is expected to reopen some time next year. It is not known whether the name, or any other aspect of the place, will be retained.

Contributing photographer Ted Friedman, a regular at Caffe Med, took the photographs published here.

Last day at Caffe Med. Photo: Ted Friedman
Caffe Med owner Craig Becker and TBID head Stuart Baker at Caffe Med. Photo: Ted Friedman
Last day at Caffe Med. Photo: Ted Friedman
Berkeley’s new mayor Jesse Arreguín speaks at Caffe Med. Photo: Ted Friedman
Last day at Caffe Med. Photo: Ted Friedman
Roz Gordon, 86, a Caffe Med “sweetheart,” gathering signatures for a phone list of Caffe Med fans. Photo: Ted Friedman
Last day at Caffe Med. Photo: Ted Friedman
Craig Becker addresses the crowd at Caffe Med. Photo: Ted Friedman
Last day at Caffe Med. Photo: Ted Friedman
People enjoyed food and drink at Caffe Med send-off. Photo: Ted Friedman
Last day at Caffe Med. Photo: Ted Friedman
Julia Vinograd recites an original poem about the Med. Photo: Ted Friedman
Last day at Caffe Med. Photo: Ted Friedman
Ray Gibson praising Rehellio and Julia for their decades of Caffe Med service. Photo: Ted Friedman
Last day at Caffe Med. Photo: Ted Friedman
‘Travelin’ Bob’ at Caffe Med. Photo: Ted Friedman
Last day at Caffe Med. Photo: Ted Friedman
Last day at Caffe Med. Photo: Ted Friedman

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