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After Fire, Chez Panisse Reopens to the Public Tonight

At left, an artist's sketch of the rebuilding plan for Chez Panisse; at right, the finished project.
At left, an artist's sketch of the rebuilding plan for Chez Panisse; at right, the finished project.
Photo: Chez Panisse / Facebook

Chez Panisse makes its long-awaited return this evening after a fire shuttered it back in March. And as owner/dreamer Alice Waters told Eater right after the fire, the building has been remodeled and given a bit of an exterior facelift (see above photo). Berkleyside has more details on the renovations, including a dining alcove made from "salvaged redwood without the use of a single nail." How Berkeley? The restaurant is booked tonight — reservations were opened a month ago — but now that the restaurant's reopened, those wanting a look at that alcove shouldn't have to wait long.

· Chez Panisse Reopens Tonight [Berkeleyside]
· All Chez Panisse Coverage on Eater [-E-]

Chez Panisse

1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

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