Two staple downtown Berkeley brunch restaurants have closed

As 1st reported by Berkeleyside, the Sunny Side Cafe, the cozy brunch spot on Oxford Road straight across from the UC Berkeley campus, shut on April 30 after 13 years. Venus, yet another Cal university student brunch mainstay, also just lately closed the two its 22-yr-aged downtown Berkeley Shattuck Avenue spot and its 4-yr-previous Solano Avenue site. 

The good news for Sunny Side Cafe devotees is that the restaurant has previously opened a new spot in North Berkeley, within Shattuck Avenue’s Epicurious Yard.

Two staple downtown Berkeley brunch restaurants have closed

Venus, located at 2327 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, has shut right after 22 decades.

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“We picked that location mainly because it has the yard and beautiful outside seating,” Sunny Aspect Cafe operator Joseph Khatcherian explained to SFGATE. “With the pandemic, the indoor seating was really constrained, so we looked for somewhere wherever we could have outdoor seating that was type of near to the place we are right now.”

Khatcherian stated that he experienced to locate a new location after the operator of the 2136 Oxford Avenue creating made the decision to promote the making through the pandemic. The purchaser of the constructing, a firm named Core Areas, options to demolish it and develop a 17-tale housing advancement with floor-degree retail and cafe place. 

“The only solution we experienced was for us to near down and shift somewhere else, which was an ordeal to do,” Khatcherian explained. “Since the timing is not fantastic. That actually had a fiscal cost. Transferring to a new position is just like having a new business and setting up all around once more. Even with the truth that we have been proven for all these many years, we still have to start off again.”

The Sunny Side Cafe's new location is at the Epicurious Garden, 1511 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley.

The Sunny Aspect Cafe’s new site is at the Epicurious Yard, 1511 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley.

Courtesy of Sunny Aspect Cafe

Though the new Sunny Aspect Cafe smooth-opened back in January, it truly is only now that the shift has been built formal with the unique location closing. The 1511 Shattuck Avenue cafe is only about a 15-minute wander from the authentic Oxford Road location, but it can be an totally new clientele, as much less students are living in North Berkeley than downtown. To adjust to the new community, Khatcherian has launched Peruvian evening meal provider, as very well as stay new music in the back garden the moment a thirty day period. 

“I am owning some university student targeted visitors coming by way of who have been there before, who supported us before,”  Khatcherian stated. “That proportion is about 30% or 40%. And the rest are the community, the locals who dwell all-around the place. It is having a lot to market and industry our area over there.”

As for seasonal California brunch place Venus, Berkeleyside claimed that proprietor Deepak Aggarwal has programs to open up a new bar and cafe in the authentic 2327 Shattuck Ave place termed Suggestion-Sea (but no term on the destiny of the 1889 Solano Ave. spot). Nonetheless, SFGATE could not arrive at Aggarwal for remark at time of publication.