The baguettes from Fournée. Photo from website.
As mentioned on tablehopper last summer, Berkeley is getting a new bakery in the former Bread Garden space, called ~FOURNÉE~. It opens today, and comes from owner and baker Frank Sally, who teaches at the San Francisco Baking Institute and formerly worked as pastry chef at Meadowood in Napa. He plans to offer classically French baked goods, including a variety of seasonally driven pastries (think tarts, scones, cookies, and, of course, croissants), pizza by the slice or the whole pie, special occasion cakes, and about seven different breads, including walnut, seeded, and a Provençal with herbs and olives. And obviously a baguette. Oui! For now, everything will be takeout, but they may add some seating later. The plan is to add coffee soon, though they’ll see how things go in the first few weeks before adding that in. Hours are Tue-Fri 7am-7pm, Sat 8am-7pm, Sun 8am-3pm, closed Mon. 2912 Domingo Ave. at Ashby, 510-549-9434.
The folks behind Stella Nonna Catering (Tim Carlon and Sarah Nasgovitz) have now opened ~STELLA NONNA RESTAURANT AND BAR~ on San Pablo, with a menu of American classic comfort food with some regional influences. Dishes include pork carnitas with mac ‘n’ cheese, fried chicken with greens and beans, and housemade pappardelle; check out the menu here. There are also some kid-friendly picks and housemade desserts by Mitchell Hughes (formerly of Spun Sugar). There’s room for 50 guests (features include polished concrete floors, teak tables), plus a full bar and an outdoor patio. Sounds like a nice addition to the neighborhood. Open Wed-Mon 5:30pm-10pm. Lunch and brunch will be added soon. 1407 San Pablo Ave. at Camelia, Berkeley, 510-524-3400.
Now open in the former A.G. Ferrari on Solano is the third location of ~TROY GREEK CUISINE~, although the initial posts about it on Chowhound aren’t exactly positive. It just opened, so let’s see if time helps improve things. 1843 Solano Ave. at Colusa.