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  • Community helps plan new South Berkeley parklet

    After months of deliberating and design tweaks, last Thursday youth and community members put the final touches on plans for a new parklet alongside Alchemy Collective Café on Ellis Street and Alcatraz Avenue in South Berkeley.

  • Anvil Brewing to open in West Berkeley, more

    Berkeley is getting a new brewery. Anvil Brewing plans on opening at 912 Gilman St. this spring. We bring you this news and much more in this week's Bites.

  • What’s new in East Bay food, XXXVIII

    Bites is Nosh’s round-up of restaurant openings, happenings and closings in the East Bay. Got a tip or scoop? Send it our way to nosh@berkeleyside.com.

  • Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

    ALCHEMY COLLECTIVE CAFÉ The Alchemy Collective Café (pictured above) has moved from its current, cramped location on 3140 Martin Luther King Jr. Way to a larger location on 1741 Alcatraz Ave. (as tipped by us in July). This is the first move since the collective was opened in 2012 by six baristas who wanted to run an independent café operation. Last year they ran a successful Kickstarter campaign and brought in $10,000 to open up their business. They’ve proven to be as adept at crowd-sourced fundraising as brewing coffee: two days ago the Collective met their goal of raising another $10,000 on Kickstarter to help pay for their second move. According to their website, the new café will feature more space and a covered patio in the front. The menu is still in the works, but it will continue to feature coffee from Verve Roasters. The addition of a kitchen may allow the service of breakfast items like a granola bowl and breakfast sandwich, as well as a variety of lunch sandwiches. (more…)

  • Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

    FLAVOR A new Mediterranean restaurant is set to move into the former Picoso Taqueria space in Epicurious Garden at 1511 Shattuck Ave. Picoso closed in early May, and now Flavor Mediterranean Food, run by executive chef Ezra Malmuth, is claiming the Gourmet Ghetto takeout spot. According to a sign posted at the currently empty storefront, Malmuth has worked in “upscale eateries throughout the world” and interned at Chez Panisse. The sign says the new Flavor menu will highlight “California freshness enhanced with Middle Eastern spice,” and will change frequently with vegetarian and vegan options, alongside slow-braised meat and fish. (Hat-tip: Doug Ng) (more…)

  • What’s new in East Bay food XXIX

    Bites: All the East Bay food news that's fit to print, including new restaurant openings and foodie happenings.

  • New street banners give Berkeley neighborhoods identity

    A number of colorful new street banners have appeared in Berkeley’s Adeline-Ashby and Sacramento Street neighborhoods. They are the result of a city-funded effort to help discrete commercial districts brand themselves and promote what they see as their distinct attributes.

  • Cool Berkeley coffee joints to get your caffeine on

    As home to the first Peet’s, opened in 1966, Berkeley has always been a coffee lovers’ town. Espresso, Americano, soy lattes — you can find almost any variation on brewed coffee in almost any neighborhood in Berkeley.