Catch up on the latest East Bay food news and events.
The equity firm that bought the company in 2014 only put $2.5 million of its own funds into the business, but took out $11.25 million in distributions, according to Pacific Steel Casting's vice-president of finance.
Twenty new restaurants and bars opened, including Bar Shiru, Emporium Oakland and Cupcakin' at Swan's Market; eight closed.
Nordic House is closing after operating in the East Bay for 57 years, as is jewelry store Kiss My Ring. Women's clothing boutique Lobelia shuttered in January.
The Apothecarium said it took 18 months to find this new site. The owners of Hi-Fidelity, another cannabis retailer two blocks away, expressed concern it would lose business if it opened there.
The Vine Street shop is set to close on Feb. 28.
Damage from a grease fire that ignited in the restaurant's kitchen on Feb. 14 requires construction that will likely be a months-long process.
Wareham Development had plans to raze the businesses to create parking for a planned Kaiser medical office facility. ZAB said that is not the best use of the land and nixed the application.
Some Berkeley officials want to cut cords with the technology and data behemoths that aid Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.
The supermarket chain that bought two Andronico's stores and rebranded them as Safeway Community Markets in 2017 has brought back the old family moniker for some of its stores; Berkeley may be next.