Mid-Week Menu: American Oak Reopens, Chez Panisse Soon to Follow; Guest Chef and Sumo Grub Close

Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our weekly roundup of East Bay food news.

1) The Los Angeles Times reports that Chez Panisse (1517 Shattuck Ave.) will reopen on June 21. The iconic Berkeley restaurant has been undergoing significant construction work ever since it suffered an early morning fire on March 8 — one that destroyed much of the restaurant’s facade and front porch area. Before you get too excited, we should note that the summer solstice reopening event won’t just be any ordinary dinner. Since it’s a fundraising event for Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Project, a seat in the upstairs cafe will run you $1,000; tickets for the downstairs dining room are $2,500. For those whose pocketbooks aren’t quite that deep, the restaurant will begin accepting regular reservations by phone on Monday, May 27.

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