Jered Nelson has moved his pottery studio from West Berkeley to Richmond, giving him room to expand his business and add a new line of dinnerware for home cooks.
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.
VANISHING ACT FOR NATURE’S EXPRESS The vegan eatery Nature’s Express, which has been in flux for two and a half years, has moved out of its location at 1823 Solano Ave. but is promising to return “close by” soon, according to its Facebook page. The store’s last day was July 16. In December 2013, longtime owner Carl Myers announced he was shuttering the healthy fast-food joint. But an outpouring of support let Myers keep the store open. The restaurant still struggled, losing $10,000 to $28,000 a month, and Myers shut it unexpectedly in July 2014. A new management team bought the business and stepped in, raised some cash, and managed to keep the restaurant afloat. “Things at the restaurant are going well,” Josh Levine, the new manager, wrote in a blog post in September 2014. “We have a new lease, food is coming out well, the team is amazing, and we are all having fun! The customers love us again, and though sales have been down since the changeover, morale is up! Because the food is coming out well.” No word on where or when a new Nature’s Express will open. (more…)
The new Berkeley Kitchens on Eighth Street provide space, inspiration and room for growth to a clutch of local, artisanal food entrepreneurs.