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  • Nico’s Hideaway, Half Orange beer garden

    The Gourmet Ghetto is getting an Italian-American restaurant, The Half Orange opens a beer garden, Mockingbird is moving, and much more East bay food news in this week's Bites.

  • Little Giant launches, Ramen Shop expands

    Uptown Oakland gets an ice cream shop, Rockridge's Ramen Shop expands (and adds more whiskey), The Lodge is headed to Piedmont Avenue, and much more East Bay food news in this week's Bites.

  • What’s new in East Bay food, XXXVII

    Berkeley's new fish market, The Mead Kitchen takes off, and Box and Bells finally launches: All in this week's edition of Bites on Nosh.

  • Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

    EUREKA!  Eureka! restaurant at 2068 Center St. will open its doors on Monday, Oct. 28. The restaurant aims to provide  “an unforgettable, value-driven dining experience defined as “‘eatertainment,’ combining gourmet food, an innovative bar program, live sports, and live entertainment in a modern yet rustic setting.” The restaurant, part of a 10-location chain owned by Robert Suzuki, will have “locally sourced food, locally sourced music and locally brewed beer whenever available.” Eureka! will serve 30 American craft beers on tap, 21 small-batch American whiskeys, and many different hamburgers, including the Fig Burger, with fig marmalade, bacon, and melted goat cheese, and the San Joaquin Veggie Burger served with arugula, tomato, lemon vinaigrette, and homemade zucchini pickles. (more…)

  • What’s new in East Bay food, XXXVIII

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  • Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

    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.