As Cal students return to campus, we visit the avenue which has visibly changed in the past year. Local merchants, and the TBID that represents them, say more positive transformations are on the way.
Mad Monk Center for Anachronistic Media
How Quirky is Berkeley? Mark Bulwinkle’s sculpture inside the new Mad Monk
The new Telegraph Avenue store owned by Ken Sarachan is decorated throughout by sculptures by local artist Mark Bulwinkle.
Shop Talk: Mad Monk, Neeko, Serena & Lily, more
The Mad Monk Center for Anachronistic Media is open on Telegraph and Haste. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel MAD MONK CENTER FOR ANACHRONISTIC MEDIA Ken Sarachan’s Mad Monk Center for Anachronistic Media threw open its doors in April after years of construction. The spacious space at 2454 Telegraph Ave. that formerly housed Cody’s Books now holds thousands of […]
Cozy acoustic music venue comes to downtown Berkeley
The Back Room, which will feature jazz, folk, blues and Americana performances, opens April 16 at 1984 Bonita St. Photo: Natalie Orenstein Of the several new music venues slated to open this year in Berkeley, the Back Room will probably be the comfiest. With room for 100 people at most, the brick-walled site at 1984 Bonita […]
The Butcher’s Son, People’s Café, more
Berkeley’s first vegan butcher shop, The Butcher’s Son, is slated to open Feb. 22. These details, and much more, in this week’s Bites.
How Quirky is Berkeley? Bulwinkle on Telegraph Avenue
2454 Telegraph Ave. Photo: John Storey As the old Cody’s bookstore building on the southwest corner of Telegraph Avenue and Haste Street rises from the ashes, Ken Sarachan’s vision for the Mad Monk Anachronistic Media Center has begun to emerge. When Sarachan moved his Rasputin’s records into the space that today is Bear Basics at […]
UC Berkeley close to deal for long-empty Telegraph lot
UC Berkeley and property owner Ken Sarachan are close to a joint-venture development deal for the long-empty lot at the north-east corner of Haste and Telegraph, which means that new student housing might be in place there by August 2017. “We are in negotiations, deep negotiations,” said Robert Lalanne, UC’s Vice-Chancellor for Real Estate. Lalanne said […]
How Quirky is Berkeley? Mark Bulwinkle’s steel artworks
Mark Bulwinkle on Hannah Street, Oakland. Photo: John Storey For more than 40 years, Mark Bulwinkle has lived life on his own terms, doing what he wants to do every day with a unique artistic vision, a welder’s torch, and a Yankee work ethic. His art, especially his cut-steel sculptures, add a genius quirkiness to […]
Berkeley settles case with blighted Telegraph lot owner
The design for a mixed-use project at 2501 Haste St. Courtesy: Kirk E. Peterson & Associates The city of Berkeley and Ken Sarachan have settled a lawsuit over his empty lot at 2501 Haste St. on the corner of Telegraph Avenue, clearing the way for the construction of a a six-story, mixed-use, Moorish, palace-like structure […]
Mad Monk Center to rise on Telegraph
The proposed Mad Monk Center for Anachronistic Media on Telegraph Avenue is set to include a 50-seat restaurant and full bar, as well as a performance space.
Tackling Telegraph Avenue: Is this time different?
An architect’s rendering of the new Eshleman Hall, along Bancroft Way. Some hope that the new gateway to the campus will increase pedestrian flow along Telegraph. Source: UC Berkeley An architect’s rendering of the new Eshleman Hall, along Bancroft Way. Some hope that the new gateway to the campus will increase pedestrian flow along Telegraph. […]
New building proposed for Sequoia site on Telegraph Ave.
A rendering of the 42-unit residential and commercial building proposed for the site of the former Sequoia Apartment building at 2441 Haste St. at Telegraph. Source: Kahn Design Associates The owners of the property at 2441 Haste St. at Telegraph, scene of a devastating fire in Nov. 2011 that destroyed the five-story Sequoia Apartments, have submitted […]