Berkeley's world famous restaurant Chez Panisse announced Saturday morning that it's canceling all reservations through March 23 after a fire caused significant damage.
Both the restaurant and cafe were closed for repairs after a fire early the morning before in the front porch and entryway, which caused an estimated $150,000-to-$200,000 in damage.
Investigators believe it was caused by a wiring problem.
Customers say Chez Panisse helped define the community in North Berkeley, which has been affectionately nicknamed Gourmet Ghetto because of the high concentration of fine eating establishments there. Included in the list of destination eateries is Chez Panisse, which opened there in 1971, and the original Peet's Coffee, which opened in 1966.
“It used to be about politics and protests and now it's all about the food,” said Irene Moore, a local resident.
The Gourmet Ghetto runs along Shattuck Ave, and parts of Walnut, Vine, Rose and Delaware streets.
There's also an organic farmer's market on Thursdays.