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BART trains on the Pittsburg-Bay Point line are running on a limited service, and Orinda and Rockridge stations have re-opened, after a train stopped in the tunnel this morning between the two stations, emitting smoke caused by faulty brakes.
At 10:15 a.m. this morning BART was advising passengers to seek alternative means of transportation as there were “major delays” on the Pittsburg-Bay Point line, which includes service to SFO.
The train became disabled inside what is known as the Berkeley Hills tunnel around 8:15 a.m., BART spokeswoman Luna Salaver said, and remained there for more than an hour. … Continue reading »
Something rather special is happening today at noon on the UC Berkeley campus. The bells of Sather Tower will ring out to the first ever participatory concert of its type at Cal.
The performance has been conceived as a novel way to communicate about climate change. And, if you show up with your cell phone, tablet or laptop and an internet connection, you will be one of those creating the musical score.
“It’s warning people about sea level changes,” said Professor Greg Niemeyer, explaining the thinking behind the event. “But it’s not a fire alarm. It’s more of a thoughtful, slower approach.” Niemeyer is professor of new media and art practice, and faculty co-director of the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative, and one of the key players behind the project. … Continue reading »
SOUTH BERKELEY PRODUCE AND MEAT Nagi Homran has just opened this new grocery and meat store at 3120 Sacramento St. (at 67th) — in the space where Recycle Bicycle used to be before it closed last year. The shop specializes in Middle Eastern foods, including Halal meats. Homran said it’s his first store in Berkeley and he chose the location as he lives in the neighborhood. The shop has two storefronts, so there is a lot of space for the well-stocked shelves. Opening hours are 8 a.m to 8 p.m. Tel: 510-705-1733. (Read more on Berkeleyside about recent business activity on Sacramento Street.) … Continue reading »
Saturday was Small Business Saturday. To get the word out, Looking Glass Photo & Camera held their second annual ‘Local on the Hunt’ photography scavenger tour . Berkeleyside contributing photographer Pete Rosos set out to participate with his daughter Coco and son Teo in tow. Here are the results (read the captions to see what challenge led to the creation of the image.) All are visual reminders that our local merchants are wonderful places to visit year-round, not just in the gift-buying season. … Continue reading »
After more than a year and a half of planning and building, chef Nicholas Eftimiou last night unveiled his new organic Greek restaurant, Pathos at 2430 Shattuck Ave. in downtown Berkeley.
The restaurant serves tasty Greek favorites such as Gemista (stuffed red peppers), Moussaka, and Keftedes (lamb meatballs) — as well as fresh seasonal fish and zesty salads — in an upscale rustic-meets wine country decor. At least on opening night, the atmosphere was buzzy but not over-loud (you can hear yourself think, as well as talk), and the wine list offered some interesting, reasonably priced Greek bottles that complement the food well.
The restaurant is very much a family affair. Eftimiou’s father, John, worked as the contractor on the restaurant build-out and his mother oversaw much of its design, as well as helping fine-tune the recipes, many of which originated in the kitchen of Eftimiou’s yaya (grandmother). … Continue reading »
The folks behind the Westbrae Biergarten, a beer garden and food truck spot being planned for the corner lot of Gilman and Curtis streets in West Berkeley, have secured their permits — finally — and construction is about to begin on the much-anticipated project.
Two well-known local food trucks — Brazil Café and Roli Roti — have signed up to be regulars at the beer garden which now hopes to open in spring 2014. Brazil Café will have a permanent presence at the site, which hopes to be something like the Hayes Valley Biergarten on Octavia Street in San Francisco, and two other mobile food vendors are also slated to join the line-up. … Continue reading »
Last month, Berkeleyside introduced an exciting new project by our longstanding contributing photographer Nancy Rubin. With Humans of Berkeley and the Bay Area (HUBBA for short), Rubin is chronicling in wonderful images the people of Berkeley and beyond. Today we are delighted to publish another set of Rubin’s photographs.
Read our interview with Rubin in which she talks about what inspired her to start the project and how it also has a philanthropic element. And be sure to click though to the HUBBA project on Facebook (and “like” it) to read extended captions for the photographs shown here and many more. HUBBA is also now on Tumblr. … Continue reading »
Sierra Nevada is throwing open the doors to its new tasting room, Torpedo Room, today in the Reed Building on Fourth St. between University and Addison in West Berkeley.
As we’ve reported previously, Torpedo Room is not a bar, nor is it a restaurant. Rather it offers 16 taps and draught beer in taster flights as well as small snacks and the occasional special brew such as Torpedo Extra IPA aged in rye whiskey barrels with Citra hops.
The space, which is a smart blend of retro and modern with reclaimed lights and table tops and a convivial vibe, can host around 45 craft beer drinkers. Customers also have the option of filling “growlers” to go, as well as buying six-packs, cases and individually specialty bottles. … Continue reading »
Berkeley’s first-ever half marathon kicked off at 8 a.m. at Civic Center Park yesterday. It drew nearly 8,000 runners participating in one of the three race distances and more than $50,000 was raised for participating charities.
The marathon winners were both Berkeleyans: Anna Bretan, who also won the 2013 San Francisco Marathon, and UC Berkeley student JP Slater (read more in our story published yesterday).
There was one medical emergency, and at least one Berkeley resident said crossing town by car while the marathon was under way was near-on impossible. “There were no ‘detour’ signs anywhere along any of there streets going south-north which cross University,” she wrote us.
In opening remarks to the gathered crowd, councilmember Laurie Capitelli said the marathon as an “historic event.” Addressing the runners he added that as they ran through the city they would not be seeing “the Berkeley that your mom and dad remember.”
Here we publish a selection of the many wonderful photographs shared with us by Berkeleyside readers.
Berkeley resident Anna Bretan and UC Berkeley student JP Slater were the winners of today’s first Berkeley Half Marathon. Bretan, who won the 2013 San Francisco Marathon, had an unofficial time of 1:17:19. at the inaugural event, while Slater won the men’s field with an unofficial time of 1:07:05.
There was one medical emergency when a man collapsed while taking part in the race. Fortuitously, a group of physicians from UCSF happened to be watching the race very close to where he went down on the pedestrian path on West Frontage Road that runs parallel to the bay and I-80. A UCSF radiologist performed CPR on the man before emergency responders from Alameda Fire Department attended to the runner, according to authorities. He showed improvement and was transported to Alta Bates Hospital, where he was in stable condition this afternoon, according to a marathon spokesperson. … Continue reading »
ALAMAR KITCHEN & BAR alaMar, which will focus on “sustainable seafood dishes designed to be shared and eaten by hand,” is set to open in Uptown Oakland early in 2014. Owner and executive chef Nelson German, an alum of Supperclub San Francisco who most recently worked in New York, said he has been inspired by his travels to the Mediterranean where he savored “the sheer simplicity of seafood served with a flavorful sauce and a slice of perfectly grilled bread.” The menu at alaMar (which means “to the sea” in Spanish) is likely to include dishes such as Local Dungeness Crab with Ginger Scallion Butter and Lemon Thyme in the winter, and Crawfish with Meyer Lemon Romesco Sauce in the summer. Desserts could be one-biters such as Mini Guinness Fried Ice Cream “Dibs”. For lunch, think rustic artisanal sandwiches like Salt and Pepper Squid Panini and there might be Grilled Cheese Benedict for brunch. Carrie Shores of Larson Shores Architecture is working on an industrial-style decor in homage to Oakland’s status as a port city. alaMar will be at 100 Grand Avenue. Follow its progress on the alaMar Facebook page. … Continue reading »
Full service on BART was expected to be restored by 8:15 a.m. Friday morning after a computer issue shut down the service entirely early Friday morning.
A statement issued by BART at 7:36 a.m. warned commuters to “expect systemwide residual delays.”
At 10:53 a.m. BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost issued a statement explaining what had caused the service disruption:
“Yesterday BART implemented a planned infrastructure upgrade to a network server. 12 hours later this change began to impact the exchange of information between servers, which affected the performance of the computer system the Operations Control Center relies on to monitor train service. Eventually the central computer went offline, which caused the last trains of the night to be delayed upwards of 2 hours due to the need for Train Operators and maintenance crews to manually move and lock switches. … Continue reading »
PHILZ COFFEE Philz Coffee is set to open a second Berkeley shop (its first is at 1600 Shattuck Ave. at Cedar) in the Gilman District Project at 9th and Gilman in West Berkeley that will also house Whole Foods and Office Depot. Matt Holmes from Retail West, who is working with the developers of the project, said they could have chosen any major coffee chain but decided to select “a more artisan and community minded tenant like Philz Coffee.” Philz, which has 14 Bay Area locations, is expanding following a multi-million dollar investment announced earlier this year. More businesses look likely to move in to the Gilman District Project. According to Holmes, they are still looking for a “unique chef-driven fast casual concept” for a 3,100 square foot space in the building, which used to be a bread factory. The new Philz Coffee will be at 1313 9th Street, Suite 110, near Gilman. … Continue reading »