This week’s Bites is a big one, with news on the new Berkeley location of Sweetgreen, the closure of La Botella, and much more.
The French Hotel has been sold to Prima Donna Hotels, which will remodel the rooms and convert the café into a bistro. Photo: Visit Berkeley NEW OWNERS FOR THE FRENCH HOTEL The three-story brick French Hotel on Shattuck Avenue in the Gourmet Ghetto has long been a favorite spot to get an espresso or latte. Now […]
Downtown Berkeley will host a new bar crawl called CupidCon on Saturday afternoon for Valentine’s Day.
This week, the New York Times turned its attention to Berkeley for its regular “36 Hours in…” series. It’s not the first time the city has been viewed through this lens. It was also featured in 2003. This time, however, they also created a video to give readers a sense of life in the city (scroll down to […]
Photo: Sandy Friedland ALEMBIQUE APOTHECARY Alembique Apothecary, a store selling herbs and botanicals for the kitchen and for the body, is set to open at 901 Hearst Ave. (at the corner of Seventh Street), in mid-June. Owner Babak Nahid is remodeling a space on the first floor of one of the oldest buildings in Berkeley. He says customers will […]
To look forward to: a new wine bar, sushi restaurant, and smokehouse in Berkeley, and, this weekend, a tasting tour of local winemakers.
Giuseppe Manzone testing out his wood-fired oven prior to opening Cugini Manzone last week. Photo: Cugini Manzone CUGINI MANZONE Giuseppe and Michele Manzone opened Cugini Manzone last Thursday night in at 2930 College Ave. in the Elmwood. The restaurant features an Italian wood-fired oven for thin-crust pizza and calzone (the Manzones are also cooking eggplant parmesan and […]
New wine bar Botella Republic coming to downtown Berkeley, Vengo Paella to open in Oakland: all this and more exciting food news.