Newberry Market signs on to exciting new Uptown Station project, Townie adds a brunch menu; much more in this week's Bites.
Come along with Nosh as we explore East Bay restaurants in photographs. This week we focus on Pizza Moda in Berkeley, located in the old Fellini spot on University Avenue.
Bites is Nosh’s round-up of restaurant and bar openings and closings in the East Bay. Got a tip or scoop? Send it our way to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW AMSTERDAM COFFEESHOP New Amsterdam Coffeeshop has closed after three years at 1952 University Ave. Its owners sent out a letter to customers and posted a sign on the door explaining they wanted to “spend more time with their boys.” “We never imagined that our little homemade restaurant would be so busy or popular or loved,” they wrote. “But as we grew busier and busier the focus on business and lack of sleep and the intensity that we put into it began to take away from our family. We never had enough time for ourselves, or our kids, and we were unhappy.” (more…)
THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM? The University Avenue restaurant formerly known as Divino (and, before that, Fellini) closed in late summer after receiving mixed reviews from diners on Yelp. With no explanation via Twitter or Facebook, a reader told us, “they shut down and a sign popped up on the windows saying it would reopen in November as Pizza MODA with one of the original Fellini owners.” According to a job listing, posted in late September for a chef at the 75-seat pizza restaurant, Pizza MODA aims high: “think Dopo, Pizzaiolo, Gioia, Boot & Shoe and the café at Chez Panisse. The menu will be built from local, seasonal, fresh ingredients with a focus on uncomplicated and delicious.”
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