Construction on Shattuck Square begins for Taiwanese bakery

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Construction on the corner of Shattuck Square and University Avenue began for the opening of a new Taiwanese bakery and cafe.

85C Bakery Cafe, which will be located at 21 Shattuck Square, specializes in espresso coffee, flavored beverages, decorative cakes and baked breads, according to its website. Construction is expected to be completed in the beginning of September, and the bakery has posted signs looking for bread bakers and cake decorators.

According to George Agosto, area manager of the Northern California region for 85C Bakery Cafe, the bakery is looking to hire about 90 associates, including “students who want to earn a little bit more income.”

Each shop blends its drinks as they are ordered and features a bakery with “over 60 varieties of pastries” that are baked each hour, the website said.

“(85C Bakery) is another addition that revives the block and makes it more energetic,” Nicki Rivieccio, managing owner of nearby bakery and cafe Pane Italiano Qualita, said. “I see it as all positive.”

City of Berkeley land-use planning manager Carol Johnson said in a voicemail that the bakery will be 4,703 square feet on the first floor and 1,050 square feet on the second floor.

According to the administrative use permit for the project, construction plans involve establishment of a “quick service restaurant” in the space previously occupied by a full-service restaurant in Berkeley’s commercial Downtown mixed-use district.

“It’s our first bakery … where customers can actually sit at a mezzanine level,” Agosto said.

According to Agosto, 85C Bakery Cafe will have one of the largest seating spaces in the Downtown Berkeley area.

Thaniel Directo, a UC Berkeley student who has been to an 85C Bakery Cafe location in Southern California, said that the cafe will likely be popular and that the Southern California location is “always really full.”

Plans for a soft opening — an “unannounced opening” — is scheduled for Sept. 4, and the grand opening is tentatively expected to occur Sept. 26, Agosto said.

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