Caffe Mediterraneum applies for beer and wine license

As the push to reinvigorate the late-night atmosphere of the Telegraph Avenue commercial district continues, Caffe Mediterraneum owner Craig Becker — who obtained a permit this summer to keep his establishment open 24 hours a day — recently applied for another license to serve beer and wine. When the city
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City council to discuss fate of vacant Telegraph lot

In a special closed meeting of the Berkeley City Council Tuesday evening, the city will discuss the possibility of seeking legal action against the owner of a Southside lot that has been vacant for 20 years. The council will meet with legal council at tonight’s meeting to decide whether or
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In the midst of bankruptcy, Andronico’s chain seeks new ownership

After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month, Andronico’s Community Markets is now looking for the highest bidder to buy ownership of the company. Renovo Capital and two other private buyers — who are to remain unnamed due to a disclosure agreement with Andronico’s — are the potential buyers for
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Former Chez Panisse chef opens sustainable butcher shop in Berkeley

By using meat from sustainable ranches and keeping the butchery process transparent for customers, a former Chez Panisse chef and his wife are aiming to change the experience of buying and eating meat with their newly opened Berkeley butchery, The Local Butcher Shop. The owners — couple Monica and Aaron
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City may adjust environmental review process

In order to meet recently updated air quality guidelines to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act, Berkeley may significantly adjust its environmental review process. At a Thursday meeting of the city’s Community Environmental Advisory Commission, commission members discussed different ways of meeting the May 2011 updated guidelines, which set renewed
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Many Berkeley eateries expect drop in sales from the gameday crowd

If hardcore Cal fans were disappointed by the news that Cal football would be moving from Memorial Stadium to AT&T Park for the 2011 season, imagine the dismay of countless Berkeley business owners who would otherwise take advantage of the hoards of hungry spectators flooding the campus and surrounding streets.
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Many local restaurants expect drop in sales from gameday crowd

If hardcore Cal fans were disappointed by the news that Cal football would be moving from Memorial Stadium to AT&T Park for the 2011 season, imagine the dismay of countless Berkeley business owners who would otherwise take advantage of the hoards of hungry spectators flooding the campus and surrounding streets.
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BART board appoints new general manager

Bay Area Rapid Transit appointed Grace Crunican, a transportation professional who formerly worked for the Clinton administration, to be its new general manager at a special board meeting Wednesday. BART’s Board of Directors voted 8-1 in favor of Crunican, whose new duties will include managing capital budgets totaling about $1.4
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District approves additional costs for Derby field project

At its first meeting of the school year Wednesday, the Berkeley Unified School District Board of Education approved the final designs for Derby Field — a baseball field whose renovation has been discussed for more than 15 years. The district approved the project’s total cost of about $2.4 million, as
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