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Cafe M is open at 4th St. in Berkeley

santoku45 | Feb 25, 200811:27 PM

Had to go down to the Pasta Shop at Berkeley's Fourth St. for some cheese tonight, and noticed that a new Fourth St. eatery is open: Cafe M. Cafe M is at the end of the small parking lot on the east side of Fourth St, in a somewhat vexed location that previously housed a Sugar Bowl Cafe and some other place whose name escapes me. Cafe M has a striped awning that you can't miss. It had been under construction/permit approval for ages, after Sugar Bowl closed.

The M is for the owner's last name.

We went over to check it out and it was closed, but the owner let us in to look around. Today (Monday) had been its first day. It closes at 4:30 I think, and we were there around 5. It looks great on the inside, spacious and comfortable, tables and banquettes, and the California style menu seems to be fairly complete for breakfast, lunch and brunch. They serve Peet's coffee and also make milkshakes. There are also 8 tables outside. Prices seemed reasonable.

The owner said their first day had been hectic, with way more take out orders than they had expected, so they have to figure out a way to speed that up. If they can deliver on their menu, Cafe M looks promising at this point as a well-designed place for decent casual food.

My wife and I made a note to check them out later this week for lunch.

Cafe M is just past the small shops fronting that small parking lot, right where that lot connects to Fifth St. I don't have their address but their phone number is 510.526.4429.

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