Downtown Berkeley restaurant receives letter with suspicious substance, results in temporary block closure


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A popular Downtown Berkeley restaurant received a letter with a suspicious substance inside Monday morning, according to Berkeley Police Department spokesperson Byron White.

BPD received the report about 9:41 a.m. Monday from a restaurant on the 2300 block of Shattuck Avenue, White said in an email.

Berkeley Fire Department’s, or BFD’s, Hazardous Materials team responded to popular brunch spot La Note, closing the block for all northbound vehicle traffic during the investigation, according to a Nixle alert released Monday morning.

BFD has since determined that the substance was not hazardous. The road is now open to traffic, according to White.

Alexandra Casey is an assistant news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @acasey_dc.