Due to open on August 31st in the former Eccolo space on 4th Street in Berkeley is ~ZUT! ON FOURTH~, a project from chef Jim Wimborough (Home, Evvia Estiatorio, Kokkari, Grand Café, Boulevard, Rubicon) and general manager Steven Decker (co-founder of Café Claude).
The menu will feature regional Mediterranean dishes: appetizers ($7-$10) like fried squash blossoms, local squid stuffed with chorizo, and braised white beans with roasted peppers and goat cheese. Entrées ($18-$22) include rotisserie Watson Ranch lamb, mesquite-grilled whole fish of the day, and slow cooked tajines. There will also be flatbreads, focaccia, and pizzas. There’s a full bar, highlighting locally crafted spirits and an extensive selection of aperitifs and amaros. The space has been remodeled, and features a comfortable aesthetic, with a sidewalk patio, and a semi-exhibition kitchen with a wood-fired grill and rotisserie. After an initial two-week period of dinner-only service, the restaurant will also serve lunch daily, plus a weekend brunch. 1820 4th St. at Hearst, 510-644-0444.