Sprouts & Shutters

Here’s your roundup of retail, restaurant and other business news in Berkeley, Albany and El Cerrito. Find out what's opening, closing and changing around town.

Wondering what new businesses are opening and changing in your town? Our “Sprouts & Shutters” column highlights restaurant, retail and other business news in Berkeley, Albany and El Cerrito.


Sliver Pizza is up and running at 2132 Center St., Berkeley, within a block of the Cal campus, according to the Oakland Tribune. The three owners are all veterans of Berkeley's Cheese Board Collective and emphasize fresh ingredients, with a topping of social justice — a pizzeria-based campaign against human trafficking. Sliver is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with a rotating menu that offers a different vegetarian pizza each day, plus salad. Check the daily menu at the Siver website.


A popular restaurant is expanding. Cafeina Organic Cafe is expected to open its annex on Tuesday afternoon. Owner Maria Myers said the cafe at 1389 Solano Ave. needed to expand because business is bustling. The annex will have 14 additional seats for diners. It's in the space next to the cafe that used to house a hair salon. The current restaurant opened in 2006.

Nancy Jennings January 28, 2013 at 06:54 PM
We didn't realize T-Rex had changed hands before we last went there, in November. But it didn't take long at ALL to tell that things had changed. And not for the better. Sad.
Danny Chester January 29, 2013 at 01:30 AM
What's going in the old Raspberries space on San Pablo?
Michael Elder January 29, 2013 at 02:32 AM
Last week I saw a poster announcing Albany Taproom coming soon in the window next to where Grazzy Burger is opening soon. Can't come soon enough. OPEN, OPEN, OPEN. I will be fogging the doors hours before they open.
Toni Mayer January 29, 2013 at 05:29 AM
T-Rex changed chefs a year or two ago and we noticed a change for the worse, predating the Krikorians spinning it off. It used to be a favorite of ours.
amy January 29, 2013 at 06:32 PM
We heard it is going to be a martial arts studio. My husband asking a man working on the place one weekend.


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