Berkeleyside reported yesterday that Waters is opening up a new concept called Bartavelle Coffee and Wine Bar in the space, where Cafe Fanny used to dwell over the past 28 years, but will leave the majority of operations to a mother-son team who created the concept: Suzanne Drexhage, who’s worked with building owner and vintner Kermit Lynch, and her son, Brooklyn-based coffee barista Sam Sobolewski.
“Our inspirations were the little places in Venice, in Italy and in France where you can go have a glass of wine or cup of coffee anytime of the day,” Drexhage told The San Francisco Chronicle in an interview. “It’s going to be a departure from Cafe Fanny.”
Though the restaurant won’t be opening for at least two months, Berkeley-ites (is there a term? I legitimately do not know) will be able to grab coffee from a vintage espresso machine on its patio. And since Alice Waters left a funeral wreath on the site when she closed shop, we’re hoping that there are no arugula ghosts haunting the place.
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