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Photos: Berkeley’s Nabolom Bakery back in business

Nabolom back in business on Monday Feb. 2016. Photo: Kelly Sullivan
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Five months after it closed, Nabolom Bakery reopened on a foggy Monday morning, with an enthusiastic line of long-time customers.

“I like supporting a local business, so when it reopens, it’s a joyful thing,” said Jeannie, who didn’t want to provide her last name. She hoped to find the blueberry apricot bran muffin (not today) and the cinnamon twist that she enjoyed in Nabolom’s earlier incarnation.

“Congratulations!” said another customer to new co-owner Julia Elliott. “Still standing!”

“Barely,” said Elliott, who had been working around the clock with her partner, Sabra Stepak, to reopen Nabolom. Elliott and Stepak bought the bakery (including its recipes) from the collective that owned it for four decades.

“I’m excited,” Elliott said. “But I’m so tired, I’m out of my mind. But people love Nabolom.” … Continue reading »

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Bites: Judoku, Daily Pint, Imm Thai, Mollie Rose, more

Bibimbap at Bowl'd, Emeryville. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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DRUNKEN FISH OUT, JUDOKU IN The team behind popular Korean restaurants Spoon and Bowl’d has a new enterprise coming to North Oakland. Chi Moon and Jessica Oh — who have two Bowl’d locations in the East Bay, in Albany and Oakland, as well as Spoon in Berkeley — are opening a new restaurant in Oakland called Judoku Sushi. [Note: Moon and Oh are using the company name of Jechi, and gave Berkeleyside the actual name of the new restaurant — Judoku — on Friday afternoon. Oh also said, via email, that Judoku means “addict” in Japanese.] The new venture is set to take the place of Drunken Fish on Piedmont at Broadway. Sushi spot Drunken Fish had quite a long run, but served its last meal Sept. 26, according to a reviewer on Yelp. No word yet on when Judoku will open or exactly what diners can expect to find, but stay tuned for details. The business does have an on-sale beer and wine license pending with the state — as well as a temporary permit already issued, which may bode well for a prompt opening. Judoku is set to be located at 3314 Piedmont Ave. in Oakland. 

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La Farine on Solano in Berkeley closes abruptly

The La Farine bakery at 1820 Solano Avenue abruptly closed on Tuesday after failing to negotiate a new lease with its landlord. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
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The La Farine bakery at 1820 Solano Ave. in North Berkeley abruptly shut its doors Tuesday, July 1, after failing to reach a lease agreement after a protracted battle with its landlords.

A telephone message on the company’s phone line says the store had to shut abruptly because it could not renew its lease, but that it hopes to relocate somewhere else on Solano Avenue.

“We are very very sad to leave,” said Jeff Dodge, the owner of La Farine for the last 17 years. “Plain speaking, we don’t have a lease, and when you can’t work something out with your landlord, you have to go.” … Continue reading »

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Duo to open Creekwood restaurant in South Berkeley

A photo simulation of Creekwood, a new restaurant in development on Sacramento Street. Image: The Kastrop Group, Inc.
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Two lifelong friends have teamed up to renovate a former bike shop in South Berkeley to create a new neighborhood restaurant in an area that’s undergone a revival this year.

Creekwood Café & Catering — still at least six months from opening — is the brainchild of Greg Poulios and Mark Louie. Both are 44-year-old California natives who met as pre-school students in Oakland. They stayed friends through high school and college, then later worked at the same restaurant in San Francisco. Their lives continued to be interwoven in the decades since.

“We’ve always talked about doing something of our own,” said Poulios. “We were looking around and we finally found the spot.” … Continue reading »

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Bites: What’s new in East Bay food XXIX

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ALCHEMY CAFE COLLECTIVE Berkeley’s Alchemy Café Collective is moving at the end of August to a new space at Alcatraz and Ellis. Right now, co-owner Chris Myers tells us, the shop is too small. (It’s located in a small storefront next to the Firehouse Art Collaborative in the Lorin District.)  He said they have had to get city permits as a mobile cart because they didn’t have running water or electricity — it was all run out of a counter. In their new, bigger space, they’ll be able to run a slightly bigger operation and add a food menu (sandwiches, granola, maybe soups). Alchemy was opened in 2012 by six baristas, who want to be their own bosses and hire no employees. The collective raised $10,000 on Kickstarter to help launch their business, and they are turning to Kickstarter again to raise the money they need for the equipment at their new space. Read our August 2012 profile of Alchemy. … Continue reading »

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

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INSTITUTE OF MOSAIC ART After eight years at 3001 Chapman St. in southwest Oakland, the Institute of Mosaic Art has moved to Berkeley and will open July 6. Students Isle Cordoni and her daughter Sophia Cordoni recently purchased the organization from mosaic artist Laurel True, who founded it in 2005. The new Berkeley location, at 805 Allston Way between Fifth and Sixth streets, will provide more studio space and allow the new owners to offer a larger inventory of art supplies for sale. According to information released by the institute, it is the largest and oldest mosaic school in the United States.

GROCERY OUTLET Although its Berkeley store will stay where it is, the headquarters of Grocery Outlet will soon move from its space at 2001 Fourth St. in West Berkeley to a bigger location in Emeryville, at 5650 Hollis St. According to the San Francisco Business Times, the retailer has been growing in recent years and adding corporate jobs, and desperately needs more office space. … Continue reading »

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

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LINDGREN’S Lindgren’s Coffee and Café (above) in downtown Berkeley opened for business in February. Now it’s having its grand opening celebration — on Thursday, April 18, at 5 p.m. and all are welcome. There will be the chance to feast on house-made delicacies, enjoy a sparkling beverage and get a free chair massage — as well as the requisite ribbon cutting. Lindgren’s, 2120 Dwight Way (at Shattuck).Continue reading »

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Contest: Name that nosh [03.20.13]

Lindgren's Coffee and Café, Name that nosh. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Think you know food in the East Bay? Prove it by naming the restaurant and dish in the comments section below to win our latest contest. (Photos by Emilie Raguso)

Update, March 25: No one had guessed this as of Monday evening so we’re going to put folks out of their misery. This is the BLT at Lindgren’s Coffee and Cafe, 2120 Dwight Way, in Berkeley. It’s a relatively new spot, so perhaps not yet on the radar for everyone.

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Bites: What’s new, what’s hot, what’s happening, XI

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Bites is Berkeleyside Nosh’s round-up of restaurant and bar news in the East Bay. Got a tip or a scoop? Send it our way at nosh@berkeleyside.com. Bites is produced by Nosh in collaboration with Christina Mitchell, founder of East Bay Dish. (And we number Bites so you can check out previous editions of Bites and be sure you’re up to date with all the food news.)

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FUSION LATINA COOPERATIVE Friday afternoon sees the grand opening of Fusion Latina Cooperative, a catering service that features a fusion of Latin American flavors, and is Richmond’s newest worker cooperative. The cooperative comprises seven Richmond area women. Expect free tastings of dishes — such as tinga chicken, roasted pork with achiote marinade, salpicon beef salad, nopales salad, and drinks such as Semilla de Jicaro and lemon and mint with chia — at the opening reception, which is open to all. Fusion Latina can be reached at 510-730-6072 or fusionlatinarestaurant@gmail.com. Friday, Feb. 22., 3-5 p.m., Richmond Civic Center, Multi-Purpose Room, 440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond.  … Continue reading »

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

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LINDGREN’S COFFEE & CAFE We tipped you off in September that a new coffee shop was coming to downtown Berkeley, and now it’s here (hat-tip to David Sanger for the alert). Lindgren’s Coffee and Café, which has opened at 2120 Dwight Way just off Shattuck, roasts its own coffee, and offers fresh pastries (baked in-house), sandwiches, beer and wine, as well as coffee of course. There’s also free wifi.

MVMNT STUDIO A new urban dance space has opened at 2973 Sacramento St. near Ashby. MVMNT Studio describes itself as a creative space that provides training, facilities and encouragement in urban art forms such as capoeira, breaking, house dancing and street art. MVMNT or “Movement” began as a dancer/artist based night in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, WA. The studio’s 1,800 sq ft open floor space is also available to rent. Check out MVMNT’s Facebook page for the latest schedule of classes and events. [Hat-tip: Sofia Zander] … Continue reading »

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New downtown Berkeley bakery channels New York

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Marie Sitaro, who opened Cakes and Purls bakery on Allston Way in downtown Berkeley on Saturday, would like everyone to slow down just a little. “We all need to get away from this fast-paced world sometimes,” says the baker who, with her new venture, is hoping to combine her passion for sweet treats with her love of knitting.

The new small-batch bakery offers the types of New York-style pastries Sitaro, who is of Italian heritage, remembers eating as a child growing up in Brooklyn: thick, luscious cheesecakes, seven-layer cookies, and pignoli made with pine nuts. ‘The types of things you don’t see so much here,” she says.

Sitaro worked as a pastry chef under the direction of Jean Georges and is a graduate of Women’s Initiative, which provides high-potential, low-income women with the training, funding and support to start their own businesses. She says she chanced upon the cute brick building in Trumpet Vine Court, around the corner from Jupiter and kitty-corner from Café Panini, and seized the opportunity to lease it when she saw it was for rent. … Continue reading »

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New Berkeley bakery La Fournée to source locally

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Remember Frank Sally? He’s the award-winning pastry chef we told you about in August who is opening a traditional French-style bakery called La Fournée in Berkeley’s Claremont neighborhood. His latest ETA is January, he says, and work is progressing well.

Sally, who taught at the San Francisco Baking Institute, has taken over the old Bread Garden space next door to Peet’s on Domingo Avenue, across the street from the Claremont Hotel. In terms of the build-out, Sally reports he is collaborating with Dan Austin from Berkeley’s Rocket Restaurant Resource, who has been “invaluable in the process.” He is working on the service area of the store himself and hopes to use the original floor there and bring the room back to its original form as much as possible.

“My hearth oven arrived from Italy and a lot of my equipment is on the way,” he tells us. … Continue reading »

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

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NEW COFFEE PLACE  A new gathering spot is on its way to downtown Berkeley, as Eric Lindgren plans to open Lindgren’s Coffee and Café in the landmarked building 2120 Dwight Way. The space, which is close to Shattuck Avenue, is being remodeled, as is the entire building, which is currently hiding behind scaffolding. The architect on the project, Alexandra Odabachian, says there will be seating in a patio garden at the back, and that Lindgren plans to roast his own coffee and serve a variety of fresh-baked goods. Lindgren was unavailable at press time, but we’ll bring you more details when we have them. There will be Landmarks Commission hearing on Sept. 6 regarding the café’s signage. View the plans on the city’s website.

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