Mid-Week Menu: China Village Almost Ready to Reopen, Caffe Venezia to Be Replaced by Pizza-and-Beer Spot, and Alameda Gets Another Food Truck Event

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

1) Inside Scoop reports that the damage caused by the fire that broke out at Chez Panisse on March 8 is more severe than originally thought. According to a note on the restaurant’s website, builders have determined that the top and bottom porches in front of the building will need to be removed and rebuilt: “This means there will be a more significant demolition project ahead of us than we had originally anticipated, as well as many structural repairs that affect both upstairs and down.” As a result, the reopening of both the upstairs cafe and the formal downstairs dining room have been postponed indefinitely — initially, there had been speculation that the restaurant would begin accepting reservations as early as this week.

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