The food Twittersphere has been buzzing this morning about the news of a fire last night at iconic Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse. The fire was first reported around 3 a.m. by a passer-by, and contained sometime between 3:30 and 3:45 a.m. -- before the blaze could f-up any more than the exterior and front porch, according to reports from several sources.
Alice Waters told The New York Times that she hoped to re-open the popular cafe later this week, thanks to her business interruption insurance.
But there's got to a silver lining to this tragedy.
As out sister blog, SFoodie, notes that it is possible for something good to come out of the fire: When they rebuild the porch, why don't they go ahead and add room for a few more tables outside?
That'd be great.
Anyhow, here's a snippet from a visibly shaken Alice Waters: