The city of Berkeley sees a number of business openings and closures during the course of a year. Here is a brief update on recent happenings in local business.
Belli to open
Belli is set to open to the public Oct. 16 at 2016 Shattuck Ave. The new gourmet restaurant serves Italian-inspired food, with an emphasis on raviolis. Using pasta made fresh every day, Executive Chef Paul Oprescu said the restaurant “gets creative with the filling” — some of the headlining new menu items will include black raviolis with seafood and freshly made raviolis stuffed with pork belly or salmon.
Gelateria Naia closes
After a 10-year run on Shattuck Avenue, Gelateria Naia closed its doors Sept. 22. The gelateria ended its stint on the street after its lease ran out. Co-founder Trevor Morris said the environment of Shattuck Avenue was too different from when the store first opened. Gelateria Naia has plans to open another store, maybe even two, within the next year, Morris said. The chain store has not decided on a location as of yet, but Morris said that another store in Berkeley is not out of the question. Gelateria Naia maintains two other retail locations — in Walnut Creek and North Beach — as well as many wholesale locations through the Bay Area.
Great China Restaurant to reopen
Great China Restaurant has made plans to reopen next spring after a kitchen fire shut down the business in January. The restaurant has moved locations from 2115 Kittredge St. to its new location at 2190 Bancroft Way. City planning documents show the restaurant should be approved or denied by the city within 60 days of Oct. 15.