Well, we're once again back into good-news-and-bad-news territory with Raleigh's Berkeley Cafe. The bad news is that it's shutting down this fall -- but the good news is it's not supposed to be permanent. The venerable downtown restaurant will close Oct. 1 for a three-month period of renovations.
"We're doing a massive upgrade," owner John Blomquist Thursday. "New ceilings, floors, tables, chairs, equipment, bathrooms, patio out back and a bigger kitchen. It will probably be a good $100,000 to do all this."
Previously, the venue's big music hall closed at the end of June (to make way for a tobacco shop), and the Berkeley contracted into the cafe space. The Berkeley will still be a venue during September's Hopscotch music festival, and Blomquist is also donating 15 percent of September sales to a melanoma research fund, the Amanda Wall-Corey Haddon Memorial Walk.
The Berkeley's date to reopen is tentatively set for Jan. 6, the first Monday of 2014.