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AG Ferrari files for Chapter 11

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  1. read somewhere ag ferrari wants to renegotiate "above market rents" at some locations.
    they make some nice sammies.

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    1. re: shanghaikid

      Too bad - and probably one of many to come. Wholesale food costs are skyrocketing. I hope they can reorganize successfully.

      1. re: shanghaikid

        Now I get it.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          They are using the bankruptcy laws that allow a company in bankruptcy to accept or reject their leases, one by one. If they notify the landlord that they are going to reject the lease and move out (which is usually the case when the company is paying above market rent), many landlords will re-negotiate to keep the tenant in place.

      2. I think there are just too many better options in this area. If Berkeley Bowl doesn't have something, I'd rather check a small mom-and-pop like Zarri's first or, if I have to opt for an expensive specialty store, the Pasta Shop.

        The only item I remember going out of my way to go to AG Ferrari to buy was ricotta salata.

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        Berkeley Bowl
        2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

        Zarri's Delicatessen
        1244 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706

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        1. re: abstractpoet

          The only thing I can think of in recent years that AG Ferrari had and the Pasta Shop didn't is corbezzolo honey.

          I like Zarri's but they don't have much selection. Neither does Genova. Since Ratto's was decimated I don't think there is a shop in the East Bay comparable to Lucca Ravioli in SF.