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Fire at Great China?

Just heard from one of my students that Great China was just evacuated due to a fire in the building. I hope that everyone is okay.

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      1. re: lexdevil

        the fire department should post a "no smoking" sign near that flu/

      2. really bad news:
        the fire started in the kitchen of Great China. The resto will be closed for 6 months...
        for you wine affecionados: the wine cellar is lost.

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        1. re: escargot3

          That's awful. Easily one of the best wine lists in the bay area and clearly lovingly put together.

            1. Semi-good news, a report that the voicemail message said they'll reopen April 15, i.e. in three months rather than six: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8325...

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              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Well... So much for this window of time...

                Any new news? :)

                1. re: slew

                  No announcement in the window as of last week. Same for China Village as of last Monday. I am really missing both and have given up trying to find a suitable replacement. At least this weekend I will be in the City and can go to San Tung.

                  1. re: chocolatetartguy

                    My Mom said that Great China has reopened (as of a couple of days ago). The phone message at China Village says that after the fire they are remodeling and will be closed for 3-4 months, which would project out to some time in August.

                    1. re: Ruth Lafler

                      Wish I had known that yesterday. I would have had chicken curry for lunch.

                      1. re: Ruth Lafler

                        I just drove by, Great China's windows are still covered and they still have the signs up saying they'll reopen in April.

                        1. re: Robert Lauriston

                          That's what I saw when I walked by last week and I remember noting that there was no line in front on Saturday as there would normally be.

                        2. re: Ruth Lafler

                          Huh. Answering machine at Great China seems dead. Anyone confirm that they're open?

                          1. re: abstractpoet

                            Web site says closed. I'm pretty sure they would update that.
                            http://greatchinaberkeley.com/

                            1. re: wolfe

                              Oh no! If I can't trust my Mom, who can I trust?

                      2. re: slew

                        From their web site...

                        'Attention dedicated Great China customers, Great China will not be opening at the original location on Kittredge St. Great China’s NEW ADDRESS is 2190 BANCROFT WAY in Berkeley which is one block away from Kittredge St. Construction is currently underway and our opening date will be sometime in Spring 2013. Please visit our website or facebook page for constant updates and pictures of the process on the new better and bigger location. You can also sign up for our newsletter by entering your email address on our blog page.

                        Again, we thank you all for your patience and support.'

                        1. re: slew

                          I think that's good news (except for the long delay). Sometimes it's better to start over with a clean slate.

                            1. re: Robert Lauriston

                              I remember that the owner told me that he was considering that location back when the Thai restaurant that was there before Looney's closed.

                            2. re: slew

                              I agree. I think they could really do good things with that space. And they'll finally have some parking space...albeit somewhat limited.

                              1. re: nicedragonboy

                                They had some validated parking, when the car wash across the street was closed.

                              2. re: slew

                                now that's an interesting new twist to the tale of woes. here's hoping they maintain their same high quality standards. it might finally be a successful business in that forever doomed location.