San Francisco's beloved Tartine Bakery just opened its tenth outpost Monday morning in Berkeley — the first East Bay expansion for the Tartine brand.
First announced back in June, this latest Tartine location at the Graduate Hotel (formerly the Hotel Durant) is the closest one yet to replicate the Guerrero Street flagship in serving croissants, morning buns, bread, pastries, quiches, salads, and pressed sandwiches, as well as coffee from the company brand, Coffee Manufactory. And for now, the Berkeley Tartine is open only from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, and is closed on weekends.
Berkeleyside brings us some opening photos of the wee space at 2600 Durant Avenue, and notes that the bread selection at this location includes four loaves: Country, Porridge, Whole Wheat Sesame and Danish Rye. Unlike the Guerrero shop, which offers freshly baked bread in the early evening, these loaves come from an offsite kitchen oven (likely the SF Manufactory's) and arrive first thing in the morning. They're also available as half loaves.
The opening menu, as Eater shows us, also includes ham and chocolate croissants, a changing seasonal muffin, and open-faced avocado and ham salad sandwiches.
Tartine has been in a major expansion mode the last several years, following that aborted merger with Blue Bottle Coffee. The opening of Tartine Manufactory two years ago marked one major step in that expansion, as did the opening of a second Manufactory in Los Angeles and one other outpost in West Hollywood. The company now also has three locations in Seoul, South Korea, and in July they opened a third SF location in the Inner Sunset, in addition to their outpost at SFO.
The home of the Berkeley cafe, the Graduate Hotel, is also home to Henry's, the longtime Cal campus watering hole that last year underwent a makeover at the hands of chef Chris Kronner, of Kronnerburger fame.
Photo: Matthew Poon