The Hulu sequence The Bear, set principally back-of-house in an old-school Chicago sandwich store, affords an unflinching depiction of trade kitchen stress. (It’s so definitely worth the pressure; the present is, as they are saying, fireplace.) It additionally spotlights the dual ranges of coronary heart and grit required to stay out the enterprise. 

Those self same attributes may be stated to outline any surviving restaurant or bar after the previous few years — however make no mistake, additionally they mark these which were compelled to shutter. Even with the appropriate expertise, group and backing, numerous surprising challenges can tank a food- or drink-related enterprise at any second. Add two-plus years of pandemic and unyielding landlords, and…these are the noble native closures that we noticed in July. 

As all the time, please ship closing tricks to nosh@berkeleyside.org.

Oakland

Holy Land proprietor Miri Levy was a group chief in the course of the pandemic, stepping up to ensure people in want have been fed. Credit score: Holy Land/Fb

HOLY LAND RESTAURANT A sort Oakland tipster let Nosh know that Lakeshore’s treasured Holy Land Restaurant had closed. “I’ve been within the ‘hood for about 25 years,” the reader wrote. “And I’m fairly certain it’s been right here this entire time.” They’re appropriate. Proprietor Miri Levy, whose mom Haya Mizrachi opened the beloved little kosher restaurant marked by a dark-sky-blue awning in 1989, posted the next letter on Fb on July 2: “Pricey Buddies, I put my head within the sand. I couldn’t face it or discuss it, but it surely’s time: after so a few years of being a significant a part of our group, I needed to make the unattainable determination to shut the restaurant. We’ve had many fantastic, vibrant moments. Connections and relationships have been fashioned on this place, a lot of which became lifelong friendships. I loved and am so, so pleased with being open for 33 (!) years, persevering with my mom’s dream and keenness. Thanks, mother, for giving me this superb reward by educating me learn how to prepare dinner your fantastic dishes.”

Followers may additionally bear in mind the household’s second Holy Land location in Berkeley’s Elmwood neighborhood, which closed in 2014 after 17 years. Mizrachi died in August of 2020; Levy was a pressure in the course of the pandemic, sustaining the Lakeshore restaurant and serving the group as finest she may. Readers ought to notice that Levy stays open for enterprise as a caterer, and is an teacher for personal or group cooking courses. Anybody who has tasted her household’s recipes (the falafel! the mint lemonade!) is aware of what a possibility that may be. Holy Land Restaurant was at 677 Rand Ave.

NAMA JAPANESE CUISINE Because of proprietor John Kim for letting Nosh know immediately that July 29 could be the final day of service for Nama sushi and ramen within the Dimond District after 14 years. “Our hope is that in a few months, the restaurant will as soon as once more reopen below new identify and possession,” Kim wrote to the group. “Please proceed to assist the brand new possession to maintain the nice Dimond District vibrant.” Respect to the Nama group and thanks for 14 years of Japanese meals and type service. Nama Japanese Delicacies was at 3400 Fruitvale Ave.

TAIWAN BENTO Eater first had the information that Taiwan Bento would shut in July. The welcoming eatery opened in 2014 to enthusiastic opinions for its contemporary, flavorful menu of Taiwanese soups, bao, lovingly introduced bento meals, noodles, and different nourishing fare, and was usually spotlit for introducing and popularizing Taiwanese specialties that have been in any other case new to native diners. The truth is, KQED’s Luke Tsai credit youthful homeowners and married companions chef Stacy Tang and Willy Wang with serving to to pioneer the Bay Space’s now prevalent curiosity in Taiwanese meals. The couple’s heartfelt closure announcement cited present trade challenges but additionally the current lack of family members as impetus to stroll away; time is brief, working a restaurant eclipses all of life. We want Tang and her household a delicate reunion in Taiwan and a second to breathe. Taiwan Bento was at 412 twenty second St. 

XYCLO Nosh was unhappy to listen to that chef Vi Lieou’s trendy Vietnamese restaurant and lounge Xyclo was closing, purportedly on account of a lease improve. (This phenomenon that appears to maintain hitting us arduous on storied Piedmont Avenue, the place restaurant longevity is usually taken an excessive amount of with no consideration.) Xyclo was open for 17 years, but it surely felt like longer, so entrenched was the family-run eating room in that neighborhood. High quality and repair have been reliably above common; it was a preferred spot for higher-end luncheons, date nights and celebrations with associates. Regulars have in all probability already realized that Lieou’s Oakland co-venture Co Nam has drawn her focus; those that miss Xyclo’s flavorful Vietnamese delicacies can head all the way down to Telegraph Avenue and provides their menu a attempt. In the meantime, particulars are scarce up to now on Monsoon Vietnamese, the newcomer heading into the Xyclo house, opening TBD. Xyclo was at 4218 Piedmont Ave. 

Berkeley

Catahoula’s Berkeley barista Andy throughout one of many spot’s last days. Credit score: Catahoula/Fb

CATAHOULA COFFEE BERKELEY Nosh was sorry to listen to from Catahoula Espresso founder Timber Manhart that the corporate needed to shut their Berkeley kaffeegarten at Fourth Road and Addison after eight years. “I simply wished to thank all these Catahouligans who’ve faithfully supported us all through the years, particularly in the course of the pandemic,” he stated through e mail. He went on to clarify in an Instagram put up to followers that, “After months of negotiations with Essex Property Administration, Catahoula Espresso needed to come to the cruel realization {that a} new lease wouldn’t be signed.” The cafe closed July 19, and devoted Berkeley barista Andy — in addition to all frequent purchaser espresso rewards factors — have relocated to Catahoula’s welcoming unique location in Richmond, which has expanded its opening hours till 4:00 p.m. Facet notice: The corporate’s bagged floor espresso and beans are additionally nonetheless accessible for supply, a service that helped many Nosh associates climate the pandemic. Catahoula Espresso’s Berkeley Kaffeegarten was at 2080 Fourth St. 

CESAR When Nosh editor Eve Batey broke this information again in January, it was presumably probably the most Berkeley of all restaurant landlord dispute tales. In 2021, administration from Chez Panisse introduced (at first privately) that it could finish its lease association with next-door tenant Cesar. The border between the 2 eating places might sound extra inflexible now, however Cesar was first opened (and funded) by Chez Panisse in 1998, spearheaded by a trio of Chez Panisse alums. Now after greater than 20 years, the mom restaurant’s matter-of-fact intent was to shut Cesar and launch a brand new enterprise, possibly one other bar, presumably French; after a loopy few years, it appeared time for a change, adapt or die. Nonetheless, Cesar was its personal proud, festive success story. The Spanish-inflected bar and tapas restaurant supplied a really completely different product than Chez Panisse and its Cafe, and for locals, that was simply superb. It was an approachable, convivial assembly place — on the higher-end of bar scenes, certain, however an excellent spot to drag up a chair and be part of an informal group for an after-work drink and Spanish nibbles. Why repair what wasn’t damaged? Resistance ensued. Cesar was given a yr’s keep of execution, however, because the information unfold, Alice Waters and the board of Chez Panisse remained undeterred, and turned a deaf ear to protests from Cesar’s outspoken and heartbroken group. (Assist for Cesar was so decided that there’s hope it would survive in any case, in a brand new location.) In the meantime, on July 23, after 24 years, Cesar served its final sangria, Manchego and olives on the fantastic, welcoming house at 1515 Shattuck Ave.

FLAVIA Flavia’s seemingly profitable system of fast, flavorful, and inexpensive pasta dishes sadly by no means fairly translated because it moved from its giant, unique 2019 osteria on Heart Road, to a smaller counter across the nook on Oxford Road and eventually to a kiosk contained in the Epicurious Backyard in 2021. Nosh commends the group for the three-part try and feed a large swath of Berkeley. The carry-out location was changed final month by newcomer Darband (see yesterday’s openings). Flavia was at 1511 Shattuck Ave.

FLYING FALAFEL Of all of the fast-casual downtown Berkeley companies hit arduous by the pandemic, this one appeared to have the simple reputation and endurance required to outlive, with a reliable take-out product and fearless, optimistic administration. However due to a reader, we realized that the Flying Falafel’s last location abruptly shuttered mid July, then discovered the web site down and cellphone now not functioning. The rising chickpea scarcity involves thoughts, however particulars are unclear. Makes an attempt to achieve proprietor Assaf Pashut have up to now not been profitable. Pashut had massive desires for his fast-casual falafel enterprise that after had three places (together with two in downtown San Francisco, and a possible third one within the Castro that didn’t fairly work out), however what was a burgeoning vegan success story appears grounded for now. The Flying Falafel was at 2114 Shattuck Ave.

THAI NOODLE II College students beloved this spot, opened 15 years in the past on Telegraph Avenue (the sequel to an unique Thai Noodle on Shattuck), then felled by the Sequoia Residence Constructing fireplace in 2011. When it reopened in 2012, loyalties have been reinstated for the restaurant’s mix of “sit-down-fancy” but casually inexpensive Thai fare close to campus, with enjoyable, pleasant service and a energetic streetside view onto scholar life. On July 1, the restaurant launched an announcement on Instagram that stated, “Sadly, this Thai Noodle II has needed to shut on account of circumstances past our management, and we remorse not with the ability to serve you…It has all the time been a privilege to serve you guys.” The group hopes followers will go to their different location, The Noodle, Thai Restaurant at 1936 Shattuck. Thai Noodle II was at 2426 Telegraph Ave. 

TORPEDO ROOM We hate to interrupt it to craft beer lovers, however west Berkeley’s good-looking Sierra Nevada tasting room, opened to a lot fanfare in 2013, has sadly been, properly, torpedoed by all of the current challenges one would possibly anticipate, together with staffing shortages and sluggish foot site visitors, as instructed in a pleasant farewell notice on the placement’s web site. “It was a improbable run, virtually 10 years! We rotated these 16 faucets like loopy, hosted beer celebs just like the Pope of Foam, threw San Francisco Beer Week events, bought all secret with the Alpha Hop Society — we even brewed beer proper within the parking zone. Goes with out saying, we’ll miss the enjoyable. Come go to one in every of our breweries and we’ll have a blast.” Although it could be arduous to consider, Sierra Nevada stays unbiased and family-owned after 44 years; as famous on each bottle, the corporate’s two breweries may be present in Chico and Mills River, North Carolina. The Torpedo Room was at 2031 Fourth St.

Past

CITY SQUARE PIZZERIA Nosh was actually rooting for this new pizzeria from former Bierhaus proprietor Mike Finley and his noble sidekick Ollie, however after solely two brief months it has closed. Metropolis Sq. Pizzeria was at 1360 Locust St. in Walnut Creek.

Briefly Closed

FLAVOR BRIGADE The stunning car-ramming and housebreaking of Dimond District ice cream store Taste Brigade (the store’s fourth housebreaking in 12 years) has rendered it completely destroyed and closed indefinitely, breaking native hearts. Shouldn’t there be a code? Depart the individuals’s ice cream retailers alone? Taste Brigade is at 3540 Fruitvale Ave. in Oakland.  

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