BERKELEY (CBS SF) — The fire that struck Berkeley’s famous Chez Panisse restaurant early Friday morning caused about $150,000 to $200,000 in damage but it could reopen soon, Berkeley fire Acting Deputy Chief Avery Webb said.
Webb said the cause of the fire, which was reported shortly after 3 a.m., hasn’t yet been determined but investigators are focusing on some electrical equipment under the building’s porch, which is where the fire started.
“We’re suspecting that electrical plates played some role in the fire” at the restaurant at 1517 Shattuck Ave., Webb said.
A working sprinkler system inside the building helped stop the fire from spreading to the entire structure, fire officials said. The blaze was brought under control shortly before 4:30 a.m.
Waters sent a message out on Twitter around 10 a.m. that said, “Luckily no one hurt and the main structure of Chez Panisse intact. Hope to reopen the Cafe next weekend. Thank you for your love + support.”