COVID-19 and its involved shelter-in-area orders has experienced an incalculable impression on firms in Berkeley. So numerous have attempted to remain afloat irrespective of suffering plummeting revenues, and most if not all have been pressured to lay off employes.
Not all have survived. Some ran out of money. Others made a decision the pandemic, or a landlord’s insistence on boosting the lease, was the very last straw and took early retirement.
Right here are just 10 Berkeley food or consume establishments whose closure in 2020 induced distinct disappointment.
Immediately after just about 60 years in small business, the Albatross Pub on San Pablo Avenue called it quits in November. Operator Andrew McGee explained the company could not weather the financial hardships of the pandemic. The storied pub, also identified as “The Hen,” was a a lot-loved collecting position the place previous and younger collected to delight in discussion, trivia nights, a couple of drinks and the comforting drone of audio (at a fair quantity).
Animal Place’s Vegan Republic
Animal Place’s Vegan Republic, which opened as Republic of V in February 2014 as the very first grocery retail outlet in the Bay Spot to supply fully vegan products and solutions, closed in July. The homeowners cited a significant drop in profits owing to COVID-19, but they’d been observing declining enterprise for extra than a yr which they attributed, ironically, to the “huge popularity” of veganism. In an Instagram submit, Vegan Republic wrote, “Chain suppliers are pulling absent consumers with their newfound openness in carrying vegan products and solutions, and it’s a blessing and a curse.”
The 46-yr-previous, no-frills downtown haunt Au Coquelet, identified for its late several hours, very affordable eats and varied, down-to-earth clientele, closed in October. The eatery, positioned on the corner of College Avenue and Milvia Road, opened in 1976 and catered to a broad array of customers — from UC Berkeley learners looking for a late-night examine place to community seniors who collected in its back again room for lunch and gossip.
Roscoe Skipper and Wendy Brucker shut their 12-12 months-aged Tuscan trattoria Corso — at 1788 Shattuck Ave. — in November. (They also offered their 26-yr-previous cafe Rivoli, which continues to be open.) The commencing of the close, they advised Berkeleyside, was the to start with shelter-in-place get in March that shuttered cafe eating rooms. Soon after that, Corso started shedding revenue at a rapidly clip.
“COVID-19 designed the final decision for us,” stated Haig Krikorian who, together with Cindy Lalime Krikorian, owned 35-12 months-old Berkeley institution Lalime’s on Gilman Avenue. The indefinite moratorium on dine-in services as very well as a want to retire confident them, in April, to near the Westbrae restaurant which was a culinary establishment, known for its regionally sourced, California-encouraged Mediterranean cuisine.
The relatives-owned Chinese eatery Minimal Hunan, with its common red sign at 125 Berkeley Sq. (on Shattuck at Addison) was a welcoming go-to for rapid, budget-helpful dining in downtown Berkeley for an extraordinary 34 yrs. Unfortunately, the eatery’s quiet closure in the course of pandemic lockdown proved everlasting.
Pedro’s Brazil Cafe
The original Pedro’s Brazil Cafe ‘shack,’ acknowledged for its flavorful tri-idea sandwiches and Brazilian specialties, forever closed in June to make way for a new 850-mattress college student housing challenge known as the Gateway. The colorful, seaside-like hut at the idea of University in close proximity to campus was a favored spot for pupils and downtown personnel for 20 several years.
Sacks Espresso Home
Sack’s Coffee House, a well-liked neighborhood cafe on School Avenue in the Elmwood, closed its doors at the close of the yr. With its distinctive hessian coffee sack cushions obvious by way of the facade’s plate glass home windows, the coffee store was a most loved operate and research spot for learners and some others for about 11 several years.
Just seven short months following it opened, Tartine Bakery in the Graduate Resort on Durant Avenue shut up store. The hotel ended its deal with Tartine citing ‘business decline’ and ‘COVID-19,’ according to an Instagram submit by tartineunion, a team of staff members who have been pushing, with some good results, to unionize the bakery’s 150 or so Bay Place personnel. They named the news “heartbreaking.” Several loyal customers no doubt agreed.
Trattoria La Siciliana
Immediately after 23 several years serving a faithful clientele in the Elmwood, the D’Alo household closed Trattoria La Siciliana on Faculty Avenue in September due, they mentioned, to substantial lease and a COVID-unfriendly dining space. The fantastic information is that the family members went all in at sister cafe Agrodolce. Consolidating at the North Shattuck restaurant was the obvious decision because of its full bar, outdoor seating space, and — at the time eating indoors can resume — significant dining space.