In this week's food news, KronnerBurger debuts on Piedmont, Berkeley's Tap Haus opens, Temescal's Kingfish Pub sets an opening date, and much more.
The Octopus Literary Salon and The Rec Room are close to opening, Juhu Beach Club turns two, and much more in this week's Bites.
James Syhabout's Box and Bells has closed, Daniel Patterson is rethinking Haven, and much more in this week's Bites.
NEW: BERKELEY PUBLIC FOOD AND BILLIARDS It has only been a couple months since Thalassa closed, Nov. 9, but now the owners of the beloved bar and billiards spot have opened Berkeley Public Food and Billiards on Durant Avenue, next to Smoke’s Poutinerie. For the time being, Berkeley Public does not sell alcohol — there’s root beer and soda, along with bar food like burgers, pulled-pork sandwiches and mac n’ cheese. But the plan is that Berkeley Public will expand into a 2-story business next month, to include a German-inspired beer hall called Taphaus. The plan is to sell craft beer and liquor downstairs. When Taphaus opens, the upstairs Berkeley Public will close temporarily for further renovations, including the construction of an indoor stairwell to connect the two floors, according to Berkeley Public employee Kevin Shea. Berkeley Public is at 2518 Durant Ave. (more…)