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.
The coffee setup and espresso machine. Photo from Facebook.