FIVE, Hotel Shattuck Plaza’s in-house restaurant, closed June 18 to make room for Zino, a Mediterranean restaurant headed by executive chef Brandon Hicks.
The menu will feature entrées from 22 Mediterranean countries and will include a selection of hot and cold appetizers, fish, seafood, meat and poultry, according to Jamie Mesenburg, Zino’s spokesperson.
“Mediterranean food holds a special place in my heart and I’m excited to bring my passion to the Bay Area,” said Hicks in a press release. “We’re also excited to share dishes like our tagines which will be served in colorful, Mediterranean-style vessels.”
Hicks previously served as the chef de partie at the Picholine restaurant in New York, where he was inspired by chef Terrance Brennan’s cooking style. He further explored and developed his cooking skills as the chef de cuisine at ilili in New York, which is considered to be one of the top Mediterranean restaurants in the United States.
FIVE will have a full interior redesign by Anthony Laurino Design, a San Francisco-based design company, which will feature an open dining room, a bar and a lounge area — all aimed at providing a social and relaxing atmosphere, according to the press release.
Mesenberg said Hotel Shattuck Plaza owns FIVE and decided to redesign the restaurant in order to “bring Zino to the Berkeley community.” Mesenburg added that the Zino team hopes to bring a “lively dining experience” to the city.
“As we close the doors to FIVE, we thank our guests for their support over the years and look forward to bringing a new, lively dining experience to the Berkeley community, the greater Bay Area, and our hotel guests,” Greg Mauldin, a general manager of Hotel Shattuck Plaza, said in the press release.