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Bites: Alcohol-free bar set for Berkeley (say what?)

Kava. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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BERKELEY’S FIRST ALCOHOL-FREE BAR? Nosh has the scoop about a business that hopes to be Berkeley’s “first and only alcohol-alternative bar.” It’s called MeloMelo Kava Bar and is aiming to open on University Avenue at McGee. The owner is Berkeley resident Nicolas Rivard, according to a permit application posted on the city of Berkeley website. Rivard says in the application that “We will be serving Kava, tea, and kombucha in a relaxed, yet enticing, setting.” For those not in the know, kava is a Polynesian plant, the roots of which are “used to produce a drink with sedative and anesthetic properties,” says Wikipedia. The business is seeking a parking waiver for two spots, given its proximity to transit, bike-friendly features (vertical wall-mounted bike racks), and an employee bus pass program. Writes Rivard, “Although we anticipate this to be a wild success, being the first and only Kava bar location in the Bay Area, we will ensure that the impact on the convenience for the community will be kept to a minimum.” The business does not plan to serve food “or any coffee bean related products.” MeloMelo has asked for operating hours of noon to midnight seven days a week, has proposed seating for 27 in the 1,200-square-foot space, and expects to have three employees. According to a brief business profile on gust.com, Andrew Procyk is a co-owner, and Anneliese Valery is the manager. The trio says MeloMelo will “provide an alternative to coffee houses and alcohol bars. We aspire to nothing less than changing the way Americans work — and how they spend their leisure hours in more productive and healthy ways.” MeloMelo Kava Bar hopes to open at 1701 University Ave. in Berkeley. Update, Sept. 12: Learn more about MeloMelo on its website.Continue reading »

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Sierra Nevada to open beer tasting room on Fourth Street

The Sierra Nevada tasting room in Chico. Photo: Sierra Nevada
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Sierra Nevada, the craft brewing company known for its pale ale, is planning to open a tasting room on Fourth Street by the end of the year.

The Chico-based company will serve around 16 different types of beer in a 1,700-square-foot space in the Read Building at 2031 Fourth St., next door to Title Nine. There will be a long bar and a number of high tables. The emphasis will be on beer, not food.

“It will be a small, intimate tasting room,” said Sierra Nevada spokesman Ryan Arnold. “It will not be a place where you get a meal or lounge around. We want you to be next to the bar where you are engaged with the staff, learning about beer.” … Continue reading »

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City approves sour-beer brewery for ‘beer geeks’

The Rare Barrel has documented its efforts on its Facebook page. Click the photo to see more images.
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A new West Berkeley craft brewery, with a focus on ‘sour beer,’ was approved last week by a city zoning panel.

Business reps for The Rare Barrel, at 937 Carleton St., said they’ve already “started brewing and barrel aging,” and expect their first sour beers to be ready towards the end of the year. (The public entrance to the facility, which is not yet open, will be located at 932 Parker St.) The 14,000 square-foot beer production facility will offer beer and food on site — with 42 seats in a 1,380-square-foot sales area — as well as beer for sale to-go.

According to The Rare Barrel’s application to the city, sour beer goes through a different aging process than traditional beer. It’s produced in smaller volumes and, rather than a three-day fermentation process in a large tank, it’s left for a week in a smaller tank, then aged for a year in oak wine barrels. … Continue reading »

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Bites: What’s new, what’s hot, what’s happening, VII

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Bites is Nosh’s round-up of restaurant and bar news in the East Bay. Got a tip or a scoop? Send it our way at nosh@berkeleyside.com. Bites is produced by Nosh in collaboration with Christina Mitchell, founder of East Bay Dish.

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anfilo coffee facebookANFILO COFFEE It’s not just about the caffeine. Ambessaw Assegued and Dagmawit Bekele have been sharing a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony at the Grand Lake Farmers Market for months. Now the pair have opened Anfilo Coffee, a brick and mortar location, on Grand Avenue. The husband and wife team plan to add pastries, soups and salads, along with Ethiopian specialties like rolled injera filled with lentils or meat. The grand opening is scheduled for Feb. 1. 35 Grand Ave, Oakland; 510-828-2759.

CROSSROADS CAFE Crossroads Café is a worker-owned cooperative that recently opened in North Oakland. To show a little local love, sandwiches on the menu are all around $6 and named after nearby streets: the Market, the Adeline, the San Pablo, and so on, reports Oakland Local. The café not only shares the parking lot with the Phat Beets Farmers Market on Saturdays, it also sources produce from the farmers. The kitchen is available for the community to rent and there are plans to host events like film screenings for the neighborhood. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 942 Stanford Ave., Oakland. … Continue reading »

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

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ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME The Chronicle’s Inside Scoop has more details on the restaurant Lisa Holt and David Shapiro are opening in the old Pasand space at 2286 Shattuck (which prompted the landlord not to renew the lease of the Shattuck Down Low nightclub). It will be a Roman-style pizzeria called A90, referring to the road that circles Rome and the number of seconds it takes to cook a thin-crust pizza. The restaurant will be “something unique that has not been seen in the Northern California area at all,” Holt told Inside Scoop, and will let diners “be individual and creative about their food.” The chef will be Brian Langevin, a pizzaiolo trained by Tony Gemignani, the paper reports.  [Update: The name has been changed to Build Pizzeria.] … Continue reading »

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