The new hotel restaurant is led by chef Matthew Thomas, who previously cooked at Acquerello, Meritage and Limewood Bar & Restaurant.
Uli Elser uses a generations-old German family recipe as the base for his pretzels, which have a growing legion of fans at the Kensington farmers market.
Rich Avella went from trick-riding BMX bikes to co-founding one of the most successful specialty coffee chains in the East Bay.
The longtime fondue spot will be demolished for a new development project, but owner Laleh Heravi Aryan, an Iranian immigrant and single mother who's been in charge for nearly 20 years, hopes to relocate.
One of Berkeley's few remaining black-owned businesses lasted through decades of ups and downs and outlived megastore competitors, but it couldn’t beat the impact of technology and gentrification.