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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.

  • Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

    THE JINX CONTINUES   Origen, the farm-to-fork restaurant that opened with great fanfare last October in the troubled restaurant spot at 2826 Telegraph, has shut its doors. Calls to the owners, Tracy Leighton and Daniel Clayton, went unanswered, but the restaurant’s voicemail stated June 23 that the restaurant would be closed that night because of a family emergency. Now there is just a sign on the door saying “Origen Restaurant is closed.” This brings to seven the number of restaurants that have been at that location, including Casa De Eva, Mazzini’s, Lucio’s, Zax Tavern, Maritime East and Locanda de Eva (which only lasted four months).