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DOMINIQUE CRENN LEAVES ANTOINETTE After only two months of operation, Dominique Crenn has officially left Antoinette, the new French brasserie in the Claremont Hotel and Spa. The news broke Wednesday in Inside Scoop, the same day the East Bay Express’s Luke Tsai ran an unflattering review of the restaurant, calling Antoinette “dispiriting, at times baffling.” A statement jointly released by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts (owners of the Claremont) and the Crenn Dining Group said that the two “have mutually agreed to end their partnership.” Antoinette will close temporarily on April 6 and will, according to Eater SF, reopen in a few weeks under the same name and concept. The menu will, however, change. It was unclear how much input Crenn had in the original concept of the restaurant; she had been clear from the beginning that her role in the restaurant was “advisory.” Executive Chef Justin Mauz was at the helm of the kitchen day-to-day; no word yet on his future with the restaurant. Antoinette is at The Claremont Club & Spa, 41 Tunnel Rd., Berkeley. Connect with the Claremont on Facebook. … Continue reading »
We’ve spent the last year touring different neighborhoods in the East Bay looking for the best bites and sips around. Instead of dropping into the typical dining meccas — the Gourmet Ghetto, Temescal, Rockridge — we’ve taken a look at areas that are a little off the radar. One of our favorite places to eat? West Berkeley.
The neighborhoods around the western side of San Pablo, which we’ve dubbed the “Warehouse District” and the “Design Loop,” are chock-full of old manufacturing buildings, barbecue and dive bars. Wondering where to go once you’ve tired of Fourth Street? Take a look at our picks below, and read our full guides by following the links. … Continue reading »
TCHO QUIETLY MOVED TO BERKELEY Back in February 2014, we announced that San Francisco’s TCHO Chocolate would be moving into the Marchant Building on the border of Berkeley and Oakland on San Pablo Avenue. While the company originally hoped to be up and running at its full capacity (public tours included), the move seems to have taken longer than anticipated. The new location is now fully operational as of November. The company, which was founded in 2005, has signed a 12-year lease, with an option to grow, for 49,000 square feet, part of a 395,000-square-foot property consisting of retail, office, R&D, and light industrial space. TCHO’s recently appointed CEO, Andrew Burke, told Nosh last year that the move was prompted by the need for more space as the company is growing fast. “We looked extensively for a long time, but could not find the space we needed in San Francisco. The Marchant Building was the ideal mixed-use space –manufacturing/warehouse/
At the September grand opening of the new Jered’s Pottery studio in Richmond, visitors perused the shelves of unfinished mugs, bowls, and plates, snacked on cookies baked in the kiln, and listened to live blues.
At the potter’s wheel giving demos was Jered Nelson, founder of Jered’s Pottery, until recently based in Berkeley, and a local artist whose work you may have eaten off of in some of the Bay Area’s favorite restaurants.
As a potter who makes custom dinnerware for a list of chefs that includes Michael Mina, Spoonbar’s Louis Maldonado, Rich Table’s Evan and Sarah Rich, and Standard Fare’s Kelsie Kerr, Nelson’s new studio and new dinnerware line is giving any cook (or eater) the chance to dine off the same plates used at top restaurants. … Continue reading »
We know that there’s more to East Bay dining than Temescal, Rockridge and the Gourmet Ghetto. NOSH’s neighborhood guides explore the best of the rest. This month, we explore Berkeley’s warehouse district on the west side of town.
Okay, so the Warehouse District isn’t a defined neighborhood per se, but the strip of West Berkeley between San Pablo and the Bay is chock-full of old manufacturing buildings and delicious food businesses all the same. We’ve defined the north and south borders at University and Ashby, respectively. Feel free to dispute in the comments. Below are our picks for the best bites and tipples in the area; check out the map to find out precisely where they are. … Continue reading »
NEW 21ST AMENDMENT BREWERY OPENING SOON The East Bay beer boom continues. This week, 21st Amendment co-founders Nicco Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan snipped the ribbon on their new brewing facility in San Leandro. The massive, 95,000 square-foot facility was once a Kellogg’s factory. It is the brewery’s new world headquarters and, in time, will be a rollicking spot to grab a beer. While production has officially started at the new brewery, it won’t be open to the public until June 26. The public space will initially include a tasting room and outdoor beer garden. Eventually the owners plan on adding a restaurant, “floating” bars above the production facility, meeting spaces and an indoor amphitheater for events, beer classes and concerts. 21st Amendment joins long-established brewery Drake’s and new upstart Cleophus Quealy in the industrial west side of the city. But the neighbors to not plan on being competitors. “We’ll be experimenting with our San Leandro neighbors … to produce some really inventive collaboration beers,” said O’Sullivan. “We’re working to make San Leandro a craft beer mecca.” More than that, both O’Sullivan and Freccia hope to make their brewery a true neighborhood gathering spot. “It has been amazing to get to know San Leandro,” said Freccia. “We want to give back and become part of the fabric of the community.” 21st Amendment is at 2010 Williams St. (near West Gate Parkway), San Leandro. Connect with the brewery on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. … Continue reading »
MILLENNIUM OPENS IN ROCKRIDGE Earlier this year, we broke the news that San Francisco’s Millennium restaurant was moving into the former Box & Bells space in Rockridge. As of yesterday, June 4, the new Millennium is open for business. The vegan restaurant announced its San Francisco closure back in January; the owners of the Geary Street hotel, in which it was housed, sold the building and the new owners did not wish to keep the restaurant. Owners Eric Tucker and Alison Bagby raised some of the funds for the Oakland move on a highly successful Kickstarter campaign. The new Millennium has a similar menu to the original location, featuring high-end, plant-based dishes made with organic, seasonal produce. Inside Scoop reports that the menu will be slightly shorter than at the San Francisco location to fit the smaller kitchen and will also include a few less-expensive (read: under $20) dishes. Tucker and Bagby plan to continue their winemaker dinners, cooking classes and special dinners. They plan to add new events “tailored to the new space” as well as weekend brunch starting in the fall. For now, Millennium is in soft opening mode and is serving dinner seven nights a week. Millennium Restaurant is at 5912 College Ave. (at Chabot), Oakland. Connect with the restaurant on Facebook and Twitter. … Continue reading »
ROSAMUNDE NOW OPEN IN TEMESCAL Rosamunde has been selling sausages and craft beer out of its location in Old Oakland’s Swan’s Marketplace for a few years now. They opened their second East Bay location in Temescal over Memorial Day weekend. This new location, in the former Good Bellie’s café at 4659 Telegraph Ave., is the fifth for the the San Francisco-based restaurant. The Temescal location has the same food menu as at its Old Oakland location, including three varieties of vegan sausages and 14 varieties of beer on tap. Rosamunde Temescal will hold an official grand opening June 11, complete with $1 beer specials and an in-house DJ. Rosamunde Sausage Grill is at 4659 Telegraph Ave. (between 46th and 47th streets), Oakland. Connect with the restaurant on Facebook. … Continue reading »
CONTINENTAL CLUB COULD BE GETTING A FRESH START The Continental Club, an iconic West Oakland music venue and comedy club, was once host to countless jazz and blues stars in the 1960s. It was originally opened as a gumbo restaurant in 1947 by owners Curtis and Ross Christy; by the 1950s, the brothers had added a live music component to the restaurant, calling it Ramboogie. In 1961, the duo renovated and expanded the club. From then on, the space was known as the Continental Club. Situated on 12th Street in the Prescott neighborhood of West Oakland, the club fell onto hard times in the 1970s and never seemed to recover. Comedian Pharaoh bought the club in 2010, but shuttered it a few years later. Now, it seems that the club has changed hands once again. New owner Magnolia Entertainment has applied for a liquor license for an eating establishment, which is now pending. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more. The Continental Club is at 1658 12th St. (at Campbell Street), Oakland. … Continue reading »
HAVEN REOPENS TONIGHT Haven, in Oakland’s Jack London Square, is reopening with a new concept tonight. The 3-year-old restaurant, part of the Daniel Patterson Group, gave Nosh and other food media a sneak peek last night, showing off its new décor in the form of greenery and glass votives hanging from the ceiling, and a new family-style menu. While previously diners had the option to order a tasting menu from Chef Charlie Parker (and Kim Alter before him), now that’s all they can order. It comes mostly family-style, with the exception of the entrée. … Continue reading »
ÑORA SPANISH CUISINE TO BERKELEY A popular pop-up and catering operation featuring Spanish food looks like it’s aiming to open a new shop in Berkeley at San Pablo and University avenues. The folks behind Ñora Spanish Cuisine, which has previously popped up at La Peña Cultural Center for special events, are seeking an on-sale beer and wine license in the former Tomo’s Japanese location at 2026 San Pablo under the name of La Marcha. (Tomo’s closed earlier this year.) Sergio Monleon and Emily Sarlatte are listed as La Marcha’s officers, as per the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, or ABC. Berkeleyside will find out more and report back. La Marcha is set to open at 2026 San Pablo Ave., in Berkeley. Connect with Ñora on Facebook and on its website. … Continue reading »
TOWNIE Mystery surrounds the new restaurant and bar that’s planning on opening in the old Caffe Venezia space at 1799 University Ave. Our attempts to reach the people behind Townie, who have owned a business in Berkeley before, have proved unsuccessful. A confident sign proclaiming its name went up recently, but details about what Townie might offer are scant. So we’re throwing it out there: what do you know? Do you know the owners behind it? Tell them to give us a call. We have had several emails over the past few weeks from readers eager to know more. Caffe Venezia, you will recall, shuttered early last year after serving a loyal customer base for more than 33 years. Then, in March 2013, Joel DiGiorgio (who’s behind East Bay Spice Company) told us of his plans to open a “Californian crafthouse” restaurant named Monarch Trading Company which was also to have included an arcade/vintage games room. That didn’t pan out. So: Townie — what’s it all about? … Continue reading »
The Berkeley Kitchens at 8th and Carleton streets in West Berkeley.
A window display at Potliquor, one of the tenants at Berkeley Kitchens.
Jennifer Lynch and Laura McGrath, founders of Potliquor.
Mission Heirloom: Adrien Nieto, Syslee Schael, Yrmis Barroeta, Bobby Chang.
Muffins made by Christy Kovacs and Marirose Piciucco at Muffin Revolution.
Amy Hamilton, founder of Just Relish.
Scales and bows at Morell's Bread.
Eduardo Morell making rye bread.
Eduardo Morell and friend at Morell's baking facility.
Dana Berge, Neal Pauline, and Kelsie Kerr at Standard Fare.
The Standard Fare space which hopes to open in April.
Tasha De Serio catering has a kitchen and dining area for client tastings.
Samantha Greenwood prepares rhubarb at Tasha De Serio catering.
The dining area at Tasha De Serio Catering.
Tasha De Serio preps bread for canapés in her space at Berkeley Kitchens.
Craig Boon with the giant mixing bowl he uses to make his Nuthouse Granola.
Marla Erojo with one of the cakes she created for Made by M.E.
Cupcakes made by Marla Erojo at Made by M.E.
This month, the final nails will be hammered into the walls of The Berkeley Kitchens, a revolutionary new hub for artisanal food manufacturing in West Berkeley. Conceptualized by local sculptor and real-estate developer Jonah Hendrickson, the building is home to some 15 local food businesses, from bakers to caterers, and everything in between.
[Take a tour of The Berkeley Kitchens in the slideshow above. Photos by Tracey Taylor]
Hendrickson didn’t intend to make his name building kitchens. His first development project was a collection of artist studios in West Oakland that has been home to the Shotgun Players, Oaklandish, and “all kinds of really neat people,” he said. … Continue reading »