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Maoz Vegetarian Berkeley closing this week.

Just ran into the very friendly manager today and he told me that Friday would be their last day of business. Their business had fallen dramatically since UC let out at the beginning of the month.

If you never went there, you missed out on very crispy, mild falafel balls, roasted cauliflower, sweet red beets and spicy cilantro sauce. at bargain prices.

I guess it will be back to Sunrise for me.

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  1. That really surprises me. You'll find me at Holy Land in Elmwood ...

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    1. re: hyperbowler

      Me too, but evidently the rent was astronomical and neither the fire across the street nor the construction on Channing helped their business.

    2. That is sad. One of my favorites. I wonder if there's any chance they might pop up somewhere else in the East Bay. The fact that they were on campus actually deterred me from going more often, since I never wanted to deal with the hassle of parking, etc.

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      1. re: abstractpoet

        Yes, very sorry to hear that but we could sure use you here in West Berkeley!

        1. re: abstractpoet

          I'd be doubtful on pop-up. They were an international restaurant franchise location.

          1. re: drewskiSF

            Oh, I just meant reemerge somewhere else...not literally as a "pop-up". =)

        2. Eh. Maoz never impressed me.

          Sunrise has more consistently good falafel. Fa-La-La had much better pita. Their lemonade & iced tea in the cooler were pre-made with ice making them watery when I tried them.

          I did like the toppings bar.

          1. sad to see it go. despite the potential for good business with such a large work and student population nearby, it seems like there are plenty of businesses that come in and out around that telegraph area. i thought that the fact that maoz is a chain would help. thought they had the best falafels -although i agree that fa la la had a much better pita (another casualty).

            1. the Maoz branch in DC recently closed too. wonder if they're closing the US operations.

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              1. re: hill food

                I think it's just individual franchise owners deciding to close. In the case of the Berkeley Maoz, I heard that there are new owners who decided they want to open something else in that location.