Messages left on the front of the Elmwood Café make plain how strongly people feel, in differing ways, about its closure. Meanwhile a prospective new owner is on the horizon.
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The sudden closure of Berkeley's Elmwood Café on Friday left many community members with questions. But there could be a future for the operation, the owner says.
The café closed suddenly, shutting down its social media pages and posting a brief note on the door, in a week when it had made headlines again for a racist incident in 2015.
Lots of local biz news this week, including the closure after 48 years of Body Time, the opening of Copy Central Southside, and a forthcoming John Muir outpatient center.
No-one knows yet if the store will sell books or convenience items, and it may bring more foot traffic to this Berkeley shopping destination, but local merchants are still wary.
The husband-wife owners will close the 84-year-old bakery in the Gourmet Ghetto to retire.
The two brothers who now own the 39-year-old Berkeley institution plan to keep Poulet's healthful focus, uniquely Berkeley spirit and, of course, its chicken recipes.
In a nod to neighborhood concerns about traffic and parking, cars coming to get serviced at the new site will pull completely inside the building and not sit on the street.
Sixteen restaurants opened this month, including three temporary pop-ups at Cal and new locations for some established eateries.