A curious passerby looks inside the new Gather Restaurant
A curious passerby looks inside the new Gather Restaurant

Berkeley’s newest all-organic restaurant, Gather, is scheduled to open for dinner on December 15. Located on ground floor of the David Brower building on Oxford Street, Gather is co-owned by Eric Fenster and Ari Derfel, of Back To Earth, an organic catering-outdoor adventure company.

Since 2001, Back to Earth has led yoga backpacking retreats, photography and watercolor classes, and other outings to places like Yosemite, Death Valley and Joshua Tree. Gather is their latest adventure.

Derfel also gained notice when he decided to save all the trash he created over a year.

The restaurant hasn’t opened yet, but its owners put out a call for people to come by for sample meals and held two “practice runs” in recent days.

Here are some photos of the interior.

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