Antoinette, Berkeley, CA

The Claremont Club & Spa, soon-to-be home to Antoinette. Photo: Facebook

Address: 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, CA
Key Players: Dominique Crenn
Projected Opening: February 2016

After a gangbusters 12 months that included the opening of her casual hit Petit Crenn and her cookbook debut, Eater's 2015 Chef of the Year is at it again with the upcoming opening of Antoinette. Dominique Crenn is looking to create a "true brasserie" in the newly updated Claremont Club & Spa in Berkeley. Crenn recently told Eater SF that she wants to "bring back the beauty and elegance of a brasserie" (not to mention the glamour of hotel dining) with a casual restaurant serving plenty of seafood and vegetables. This will be Crenn's first restaurant outside of San Francisco proper: "I love Berkeley," she says. "This is where it all started, with Alice Waters and Chez Panisse. I want to be a part of something special." It's worth noting, however, that the hotel, and not Crenn, will be the operator. | All Antoinette Coverage [ESF]