20120420-121714.jpgLost Tom Waits references aside, the Clog noticed something during our daily “shortcut” through Sather Lane. What used to be Shalimar which used to be Zanzibar which used to be Sufficient Grounds (which used to be…?), is under construction.

Is the current owner remodeling? Will we have a new establishment on our hands? Is the forever under construction Kettle Corn Star expanding?

We don’t have the answers. But when we do, you’ll be the first to know. Let us know your theories in the comments below!

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If you’ve recently strolled down Sather Lane, you may have noticed something shiny and new. Ten Past Now, whose window displays a large stuffed bear riding a bicycle and what looks like a simple boutique with open space. The Clog decided to check this place out. It was past 10 a.m., but the doors were locked. A nice man hurried from the back and signaled, “We open at 11.”

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sufficient groundsIf you picked up yesterday’s issue of the Daily Cal and decided to test out Sufficient Grounds, the winner for “Best Sandwich,” you’ll see that it in fact no longer exists. Despite their new colorful, seizure-inducing marquee board, Sather Lane has pretty much turned into a ghost town and Sufficient Grounds is just the latest business casualty.

Seems that the only business that can endure recession frugality and the ridiculously high rent (around $7,500 per month) is student fave Yogurt Park. And really, why walk any further when the best fro-yo in Berkeley is right there? (And is it just us or does there seem to be an inverse relationship between the success of the economy and the success of yogurt shops?)

What made their sandwiches so unique was the owner’s special bread recipe (literally handed down through generations), and it seems that tough times have led him to consider selling it for a “hefty” sum. Die-hard fans, it’s not too late to get out your wallets. The owner is also considering reopening in Berkeley or Southern California.

We can’t help but wonder whether the sandwiches that could serve a nuclear family or the interminable donut samples have anything to do with the closing. Nevertheless, we will mourn the loss of your original honey wheat bread. Sufficient Grounds, you will always be more than sufficient in our eyes. *Sniff*

Image Source: Skyler Reid, Daily Cal
Rising Costs Force Sufficient Grounds to Close [Daily Cal]


It’s a sad day in the life of Sather Lane. It seems that not even the laudatory review by the Daily Cal now posted on its window (and really, what higher praise could an establishment receive?) could save the beloved Sufficient Grounds.

It’s not just the ubiquitous mound of free donut samples, the free wi-fi and the prevalence of available seating that made Sufficient Grounds so great … well maybe it was. They are a little on the pricey side after all, and let’s face it, it’s not easy competing against Yogurt Park.

No news on what will replace Sufficient Grounds but the current owner predicts that it will be a similar establishment due to strict regulations about what can be sold on the property. We’re just hoping the words “frozen” and “yogurt” won’t be involved.

Image Source: Emma Lantos, Daily Cal
Owner Expects to Sell Sather Lane Coffee Shop [Daily Cal]