thai temple

Well, at least there’s this. In a triumph for brunchers Berkeley over, the Berkeley City Council decided last night to let Berkeley’s Thai Buddhist temple continue to serve its unbelievably controversial Sunday meals. After a year and a half of whining, it looks like community members are going to have to swallow their misgivings and deal with their loud, crowded, aromatic and delicious neighbor. Oh, and there will be a 44-foot tall tri-Buddha shrine now. The expansion plan also includes a parking lot and a new pavilion to serve food.

To compromise with neighborly rage, the temple has agreed to move cooking time from 5:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., clean dishes inside rather than outside, reduce hours, limit the number of Sunday brunch guests to 200 at a given time, erect a 6 foot sound wall (we wish: wall of sound,) and provide bike racks.

The Wat Mongkolratanaram temple has been serving brunch for 20 years and has no intention of stopping. They are located at 1911 Russel St., near Shattuck Avenue.

Image Source: peterme under Creative Commons.
Thai Temple Sunday brunches will continue [Contra Costa Times]



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