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Located in Downtown Berkeley at 2155 Center Street, four of BAMPFA

BAMPFA Reopens After Yearlong Closure With Unique New Exhibitions


On April 30, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive reopened its doors to the public. BAMPFA has been closed since March 15, 2020, and finally reopened for members and for University of California, Berkeley students on Friday, April 30.

Jupiter, a popular restaurant on Shattuck Avenue, is facing new challenges after reopening their indoor dining areas.

Berkeley Has Mixed Feelings About Newly Reopened Restaurants


Indoor dining reopened the week of March 6, allowing restaurants to serve a maximum of 25% capacity or 100 people indoors, depending on which is a smaller number.

Keguang Zhao prepares one of Cozy Wok’s vegetarian specialties at the restaurant’s kitchen in Oakland.

At Cozy Wok, Father-Son Duo Offers Delicious Vegetarian Chinese Takeout


Keguang Zhao prepares one of Cozy Wok’s vegetarian specialties at the restaurant’s kitchen in Oakland.  While most small businesses struggled to stay afloat during the pandemic, Dan and Keguang Zhao saw the challenge as an opportunity rather than a dead-end.

Carol Christ is the first female UC Berkeley chancellor.

Celebrating the Women of Berkeley


Carol Christ  Carol Christ joined the University of California Berkeley faculty in 1970. She was a teacher and an administrator until 2002, when she became the president of Smith College in North Hampton, Massachusetts.

Berkeley Rep Spotlights Writers Through 'Place/Settings' Podcast Series


Starting January 12, the Berkeley Repertory Theatre began the process of releasing ten “Aural Adventures.” These ten minute long stories from famous Berkeley residents are through podcast form, in a program entitled Place/Settings: Berkeley.  The narratives are each centered around specific places integral to Berkeley, spinning immersive, intimate tales to create an audial guide to

In the Angeline

Berkeley Restaurant Spotlight: Angeline’s Louisiana Kitchen


Located a block away from Berkeley High School on Shattuck Avenue, Angeline’s Louisiana Kitchen has been serving Southern flavors to Berkeley for 15 years, and in those years has never failed to deliver food or family.  “Angeline’s was founded by Scott Fearon and Robert Volberg in 2006,” said Tempe Minaga-Teves, co-owner and general manager of

Restaurant Spotlight: Third Culture Bakery Bridges Two Worlds


A third culture kid is someone who grew up in a different culture from their parents, existing in between two worlds and molding themselves into a combination of both.

Victory Point Cafe, located on Shattuck Ave., is Berkeley’s first board game cafe.

Berkeley Restaurant Spotlight: Victory Point Cafe


Derek DeSantis and Areg Maghakian shared a goal. Both love coffee, beer, and board games, and the two were interested in combining their passions to introduce the Bay Area to a board game cafe — an idea growing popular outside of the US.

Imm Thai Street Food, located across the street from the fire, lost a lot of business when they had to shut down.

Fire in Downtown Berkeley Hurts Businesses and Residents


It’s late at night when Marsha Tolliver hears a knock on the door of her apartment. She opens it, revealing the police. Swiftly and calmly, they notify her that the building next door is on fire and for her safety, she must evacuate immediately.

Golden Gate Fields horse racing track sits in Berkeley, right by the San Francisco Bay.

More Than 300 Golden Gate Fields Workers Test Positive for COVID-19


A COVID-19 outbreak at Berkeley’s Golden Gate Fields infected over 300 workers and residents, according to a November 20 press release issued by Golden Gate Fields.

Out of Print: The Future of Local News (Or Lack Thereof)


Throughout this seemingly unrelenting pandemic, it has become clear that the businesses that are hit the hardest economically are not large corporations, but small local businesses.

Alchemy Collective sits on the corner of Alcatraz Ave and Ellis St in Berkeley, with their outside seating currently closed due to COVID-19.

Berkeley Restaurant Spotlight: Alchemy Collective Cafe


There is no shortage of coffee shops in the Bay Area. From corporate chains to small mom-and-pop shops, Berkeley residents have a wide range of choices of where they can  purchase their cup of joe.

Morningtide displays a diverse array of products on the shelves of their store.

Small Business Spotlight: Morningtide Emphasizes Sustainability and Equity


Morningtide, a lifestyle shop on the corner of Solano Ave and Cornell Ave, is the perfect example of a small and sustainable business. Established three years ago by Lisa Jackson and Lisa Fontaine, the shop sells everything from clothing to pottery.

Gezish Mengistu, owner of Lemat Ethiopian Restaurant and Café, has been advertising with Berkeley Restaurant Week since he opened in 2016.

Berkeley Restaurant Week Boosts Business for Struggling Eateries


As one of the industries hit hardest by COVID-19, restaurants are unostentatiously fighting to overcome hindrances posed by the pandemic lifestyle people have adjusted to.

Kamel Bouch, the manager at K

Despite Government Aid, BHS Lunch Spots Struggle Without Students


When Berkeley High School closed in March, no one knew how long it would be before students could return to the hallways, people, and beloved lunch spots that are part of an in-person education at BHS.

Almare Gelato Italiano, which has little indoor seating to begin with, has offered takeout since the beginning of the shelter-in-place order.

How is COVID-19 Impacting Berkeley’s Small Businesses?


On March 16, the Berkeley Public Health Department ordered residents to “shelter-in-place” in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. In accordance with the city’s guidelines, all businesses deemed “non-essential” were required to shut their doors indefinitely.