After hearing rumors about the new tenant for the vacant CAFÉ FANNY space, Berkeleyside announces the new tenant is BARTAVELLE COFFEE & WINE BAR. The owner is Suzanne Drexhage of Kermit Lynch (and a former Chez Panisse server)—the Inside Scoop learns that she is going to be serving coffee, wine, and simple wine bar fare. A friend also tells me there will be salumi from Christopher Lee, formerly of Eccolo and now at Il Buco Alimentari in New York. For now, a Facebook post mentions “Luigi Oldani and his trusty vintage machine will make you a delicious Sightglass cappuccino on the patio!” You can swing by for a coffee from 7:30am-3pm or so, daily, until Bartavelle opens later this summer.
In case you were wondering about Alice Waters’ involvement, and the name, Scoop says: “Alice Waters is not involved in this new venture, though she did have some influence into the winning concept, and its name. A bartavelle is a rock partridge, and it even has a loose connection to Marcel Pagnol—in his memoir, Pagnol recounts a story of shooting the birds with his father and uncle.” UPDATE: This very detailed piece in Berkeleyside has a bunch of details. 1603 San Pablo Ave. at Cedar, Berkeley.
I also learned ADDIE’S PIZZA PIE has unfortunately closed. The project was from Jennifer Millar (Sweet Adeline) and Thomas Schnetz (Doña Tomas). Some of you may know that Beauty’s Bagel Shop uses Addie’s wood-fired ovens. A quick call over to the Beauty’s crew confirms they still have access to the ovens, and hopefully that will continue until their new shop in Oakland opens—which is getting pretty close (it will be at 3838 Telegraph Ave. at 38th Street). 3290 Adeline St. at Alcatraz, Berkeley.