Sad news from Chez Panisse: After the front porch fire on March 8, a shaken Alice Waters thought the restaurant might be able to open in a matter of weeks, but over the weekend construction crews revealed much worse damage than originally thought, reports Inside Scoop. Instead of just a facelift of the porch, it turns out that the porches will need to be demolished and structural repairs necessary upstairs and downstairs. See also: Alice Waters: Silver Lining to Chez Panisse Fire?
On scene at Chez Panisse fire. Damage very visible on front under dining alcove. twitter.com/berkeleyside/s...— Berkeleyside (@berkeleyside) March 8, 2013
Now it's going to be closed for the foreseeable future; the original April 15 estimation will definitely be pushed back. On Facebook, the team posted that they are personally calling people with reservations and they will provide updates as soon as they are able.