The coffee setup and espresso machine. Photo from Facebook.
News just came today that ~BARTAVELLE COFFEE & WINE BAR~ opened this morning over in Berkeley. As previously reported, they’re moving into the space formerly occupied by Café Fanny. The project comes from Suzanne Drexhage of Kermit Lynch (and a former Chez Panisse server), so look for collaboration from other Chez alums. For now, they’re open softly, with Sightglass Coffee, beer, and wine available. They’ve got a limited menu of crostini with Acme bread (their neighbor), and some Starter Bakery pastries. Next week, when they open grandly, there will be a more extensive menu, but what exactly it will be like is still a bit of a surprise.
For now, they’re open Tue-Sun 7am-6pm and closed Mondays. But call ahead if you’re going on a Sunday, as they may end up deciding to open a little late or close a little early, depending on how busy they get. 1603 San Pablo Ave. at Cedar, Berkeley, 510-524-2473.