Coming May 1st to Berkeley: Next Door Restaurant


The future home of Next Door Restaurant; photo via Facebook.

A couple 510 tipsters let me know about a new restaurant opening in the former ~ADDIE’S PIZZA PIE~ location: ~NEXT DOOR RESTAURANT~. The project is from first-time restaurant owners and husband and wife Henry Alvarez and Dionne Roberts, who are working with chef Sharon Lorraine. Some may remember Lorraine from the Purple Plum in Glenview. (She also cooked at César back in ‘99, and has recently been catering and private cheffing.)

Lorraine filled me in on some details on her comfort food-oriented menu. She will be offering her famous buttermilk fried chicken, plus barbecue ribs, eggplant Parmesan, and dishes with some international influences, like Swiss chard enchiladas, ropa vieja, and Persian chicken wings roasted on kebab skewers. The menu will be vegan- and vegetarian-friendly as well as kid-friendly too (Lorraine said she will be making gluten-free chicken meatballs).

The venue has 83 seats and will start with dinner Tue-Sun and weekend brunch. Look for an opening on May 1st. 3290 Adeline St. at Alcatraz, Berkeley.