After GREAT CHINA suffered a terrible fire, the owners have decided to move from the original location on Kittredge Street and will be reopening one block away at the former location for Looney’s Smokehouse on Bancroft Way. I originally heard Great China was going to open a dumpling shop in the location, but since the fire, things have obviously changed. According to a post on Facebook, construction is under way and they hope to reopen in spring 2013. Yup, that’s going to be a ways out until you can get your double skin or Peking duck fix. 2190 Bancroft Way at Fulton, Berkeley.
Berkeleyside mentions CAFFE VENEZIA had a major makeover after 20 years of business, and is now sporting an updated façade, a rebuilt bar with reclaimed wood and Carrara marble, and a pizza oven. 1799 University Ave. at Grant, Berkeley, 510-849-4681.
One more bit of relocation news: DRAGON ROUGE has moved into a new Alameda location at the former Aromas at the foot of the Park Street bridge, according to this tip on Chowhound. 2337 Blanding Ave. at Park, Alameda, 510-521-1800.
Great China’s incredible Peking duck. Photo from Facebook.