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The Opening Wire
Carolyn Alburger | Photo: Courtesy Moxy and Seaglass | April 24, 2013
You can get locally brewed craft beers at every single one of these new spots: a museum restaurant, a gastropub, a beer garden, and a pizzeria.
1) The Exploratorium has re-opened on Pier 15 with two note-worthy new restaurants overseen by Coco 500's Loretta Keller. The fancier 200-seat restaurant, Seaglass, was designed by Olle Lundberg with floor-to-ceiling glass windows—so there’s almost no barrier between your table and the San Francisco Bay. The multi-cultural menu encompasses pizzettas, tacos, soups, salads, rotisserie chickens, and a sushi bar run by Sachio Kojima. The museum also has The Seismic Joint, a fast casual restaurant for a quick sandwich or salad on-the-go. Eater can give you a look inside both of these newbies.
2) A new gastropub called Bitters Bock & Rye (1122 Polk Street) has erased all traces of Maharani, the Indian restaurant that used to inhabit its address. The bar focuses on whiskey drinks and the food menu seems to skew towards the Southern, with po’ boys, fried okra and cornbread available. They also have a nice selection of craft beers. Thrillist has a bit more on all of this.
3) South Berkeley ahas a brand new craft beer garden in Moxy (3136 Sacramento Street), serving 14 local brews on tap. The vibe skews homey with wallpaper, large potted plants, and a dartboard to warm up all those picnic tables and benches. Moxy's menu lists a wide array of burgers to soak things up.
4) A new customizable pizza place called Build Pizzeria Romana (2286 Shattuck Ave.) also recently hit the Berkeley scene, and boy are there buzz-words in action here. To begin with, a chef from Tony Gemignani’s empire is helping with the pizzas, and household name Scott Beattie consulted on the cocktail list. They also have 16 local craft beers on tap, 12 Northern Californian wines on tap, and a gluten-free crust option for the pizzas. Check out the menu here, which also includes Italian small plates. This concept has “local chain” written all over it—not that there’s anything wrong with that!