Even more beer is headed to the East Bay, plus T-Rex has new owners, Temescal has a new breakfast joint, and much more East Bay food news in this week's Bites.
East Bay chefs gathered for a competition held to spotlight efforts to bring healthier food options to low-income neighborhoods in Oakland.
Today is the most important day of Edan Lepucki’s professional life.
Think you know food in the East Bay? Prove it by naming the restaurant and dish in the comments section.
Suzanne Drexhage, owner of Bartavelle Coffee & Wine Bar in Berkeley, doesn't eat junk food. Street food, sure. Taco trucks, yes!
There are two new reasons to take a stroll down Temescal Alley off 49th Street in Oakland: The CRO Café for scrumptious espresso, and Doughnut Dolly for, well, you know...
Kermit Lynch, who opened his eponymous Berkeley wine store 40 years ago, admits he doesn’t pay close attention to what's happening with California wine.
BARTAVELLE TAKES FLIGHT Remember our news that Suzanne Drexhage was taking over the shuttered Café Fanny space on San Pablo Ave.? Well, she quietly opened her Bartavelle Coffee & Wine Bar today, Tuesday. It’s deliberately a “super soft opening,” she said, “relying only on the stupendous lines at Acme to get us by, and to allow us to get a few of our ducks in a row.” Word must have spread fast, however, as Sarah Henry reports that the place was serving Sightglass coffee from 7 a.m., as well as porridge and pastries for the breakfast set — and the line was out the door. “Around noon, some folks were nibbling on avocado toasts paired with a glass of white wine,” said Henry. The café will build up its menu in anticipation of Saturday, Oct. 27, when next-door neighbor wine merchant Kermit Lynch is holding his 40th anniversary parking lot party. “Then we’ll kick it into high gear,” Drexhage says. Bartavelle, 1603 San Pablo Ave. Open Tues-Sun, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Find out from owner Suzanne Drexhage what kind of food and flavor are coming to the new Bartavelle Coffee & Wine Bar, in the former Cafe Fanny space.
Update, May 24: Because many readers have expressed an interest, Berkeleyside made inquiries about whether the Café Fanny staff who lost their jobs after the restaurant closed down received severance pay. A Chez Panisse spokesperson said that Alice Waters personally ensured all of the staff were looked after. “Alice Waters paid the severance of all Café Fanny employees,” he said. (Separately, look out for our feature to be published tomorrow on Bartavelle!)
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