Recent Stories

  • Op-ed: Why I disrupted Chez Panisse

    Friday night, I entered Berkeley’s world-famous Chez Panisse with a bouquet of flowers. I looked to Chez Panisse as an example of fine dining at its best. The sights and aroma all created a seductive mood in the restaurant. I was there with the flowers for a reason you might not expect, though: to remember the animals Chez Panisse was serving that night with a flower for each plate.

  • Genova Deli, People’s Café, The Wolf, more

    Genova Delicatessen's last day in business is April 30, People's Café has moved across the street and The Wolf will open in the former Bay Wolf space. This news, and more, in today's Bites.

  • Antoinette, Temescal Brewing, Belotti, more

    Learn about The New Normal's name change to Temescal Brewing, and get updates on Kobani, Belotti Ristorante, Hawker Fare, and much more in this week's Bites.

  • Dominique Crenn, Chez Panisse, Recchiuti…

    San Francisco's Dominique Crenn, of Atelier Crenn and Petit Crenn, will be opening a French-style brasserie in the Claremont Club & Spa. Details on this news and more in Bites.

  • T-Rex BBQ, Café Gratitude, Firebrand, more

    Established West Berkeley barbecue restaurant T-Rex is temporarily closed, while North Berkeley's Café Gratitude is planning to shutter permanently. These details and more, in this week's Bites.

  • Oakland’s Bay Wolf restaurant closing after 40 years

    Bay Wolf opened three years after Chez Panisse, and both have well-earned reputations for consistently putting fresh, delicious, seasonal food on the plates of a loyal clientele for more than four decades.

  • OVO, Sequoia Diner, Mad Oak and more

    In this week's Bites, OVO and Mad Oak open North Oakland, Sequoia Diner is getting close, and there's a new noodle spot in Berkeley.