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Aug 31, 2006 05:55 PM

Any new restaraunts opened in berkeley/Albany area

Wondering any new places to try in the east bay?

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  1. The new rib place at Bancroft and Oxford. Looked open when I was driving past last night.

    The reincarnation of Saigon in the old BenDean spot.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Is that the bbq place in Downtown chocolatetartguy has been talking about, or is it something different?

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Here's their website:

          No menu up yet. Looks like they didn't get the late hours they wanted (surprise, surprise).

      1. re: mustardgirl

        Can you give us a time frame? What's new this week? This month? Last six months? Last year?

        1. In Berkeley there's Cafe Gratitude, Epicurious Garden, Guerilla Cafe, Bui and Ici Ice Cream (set to open any day now).

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          1. re: Morton the Mousse

            And how could I forget, 900 Grayson. Without a doubt my favorite new place to open in the past year.


            1. re: Morton the Mousse

              Yeah, that's probably the place with the most newness. Breakfast and lunch only so far.

              Bui's the BenDean replacement.


              Epicurious opened in March.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                isn't there another one a little further up on Solano - used to be little Shin Shin - now Vanessa's

                1. re: chewonthis

                  Not yet open. Looks totally ready with alcohol bottles in the bar and tables set, but so far no action. I pass it every day on my dog walk.

            2. re: Morton the Mousse

              Drove by Ici yesterday. I'm not holding my breath.


              1. re: Gerard

                My understanding is that all construction is complete and they're waiting on final city approval. If the inspections went well this week they will open on tomorrow.