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Sourdough & Co. brings fresh sourdough to Berkeley

Turning left off busy Telegraph Avenue onto Haste Street, an attractive glass door opens into a brand new restaurant located between two student apartment buildings, Enclave Apartments and Maximino Martinez Commons.

“Welcome to Sourdough,” said a woman in a red shirt, greeting customers as they entered the store, surrounded by half-solid gray and half-dark brown wallpaper. It’s Karen Kaur, co-owner of Sourdough & Co. in Berkeley, which opened on April 23.

Sourdough & Co. is a restaurant chain in California, specializing in homemade sourdough and fresh meat sandwiches. The Berkeley store is the company’s 47th location, according to Kaur.

The sourdough is made in San Francisco, where the humidity and salinity are perfect for sourdough, Kaur said. She added that the meat is also cut in-house, keeping the freshness.

“We spray water on the sourdough and put them in the oven for three minutes,” said Tomaso Vigo, a freshman on campus and one of three student employees among the restaurant’s ten part-timers. .

The most popular dishes are the three specialty sandwiches, including fresh dip, smoked brisket and caprese, Vigo said. Pastrami, turkey and Italian sandwiches are also popular, he noted.

Along with sandwiches, potato chowder and clam chowder are also top picks, according to Kaur. Vegan sandwiches are also available.

“We’ve always wanted to get into the food industry and we feel good about Sourdough because of its natural ingredients,” Kaur said. “We are very happy with our very first restaurant.”

Kaur and her husband, Manni Singh, said their restaurant in Berkeley was the first of three. They are waiting to be assigned to two other locations, hopefully also in the Bay Area, Singh said.

Like other restaurants, they’ve encountered setbacks during pandemics, Kaur said. Due to shortages of construction contractors, laborers, and supplies, the opening of the store was delayed a year and a half, and construction ended up taking three months longer than the planned three months.

After six months of construction, the original raw concrete has blossomed into a mid-sized store with a brand new kitchen and counter with cash register. Pictures of their signature sandwiches hang on the wall next to the American flag.

Although seating is limited, with only four sets of four-person wooden tables on the left and two sets of high two-person tables on the right, Kaur said about 100 to 125 customers come in each day, dine and take in carry. outside.

Snackpass and DoorDash would also be available this week, according to Kaur.

“It’s really delicious,” two customers told Singh as they left the store.

Some residents noted that they had yet to visit Sourdough & Co., citing the cost of food as an issue. However, one resident, Emilia Dyrenkora, said it was good to have more traffic on Haste Street.

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