NEW COFFEE PLACE A new gathering spot is on its way to downtown Berkeley, as Eric Lindgren plans to open Lindgren’s Coffee and Café in the landmarked building 2120 Dwight Way. The space, which is close to Shattuck Avenue, is being remodeled, as is the entire building, which is currently hiding behind scaffolding. The architect on the project, Alexandra Odabachian, says there will be seating in a patio garden at the back, and that Lindgren plans to roast his own coffee and serve a variety of fresh-baked goods. Lindgren was unavailable at press time, but we’ll bring you more details when we have them. There will be Landmarks Commission hearing on Sept. 6 regarding the café’s signage. View the plans on the city’s website.
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NEW GRILL Bye bye Ironwood BBQ, hello Suya African-Caribbean Grill at 2130 Oxford Street opposite the campus. Think skewers of meat, fish and vegetables made with a savory custom spice rub called suya pepper ($4.95 to $8.95), served with flatbread. Also: jerk chicken, roasted plantain, roasted corn on the cob, sweet potato fries, French fries, and salad. Mainly take-out with a few seating options. Opening any day now. Phone 510 981 8028. [Hat-tip: Ruth Gebreyesus]
DIVINE FOOD — Fellini Restaurant, at 1404 University at Acton, officially closed on Sunday October 30, but Italian food lovers will be happy to learn that Marco Polo Garbarino will be reopening the space in December. His new restaurant will be called Divino and will serve Italian cuisine with an emphasis on food from the Liguria region of the Italian Riviera. The menu will include local and organic ingredients, as well as vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. [Hat-tip: “Berkeley resident”]