Organic Pizza Restaurant Planned – Same Block as Cerrito Theater

El Cerrito seems to be rapidly acquiring its own "Gourmet Ghetto" on the one-block stretch of San Pablo Avenue anchored by Cerrito Theater. The newest addition, "Organic Pizza Kitchen," will feature local ingredients and open next year, a co-owner says.

One block of El Cerrito is turning into a concentrated food scene.

A new pizza outlet, to be called "Organic Pizza Kitchen," is expected to join the growing concentration of cafes and restaurants on the block of San Pablo Avenue anchored by the .

The eatery will go into the building formerly occupied by Comcast at 10042 San Pablo Ave., said Klaudia Kenny, co-owner of the new business with her husband, Brian Kenny. It's located between and , across the street from .

Klaudia Kenny said in an email that the restaurant will feature "exclusively organic, local and ethically sourced ingredients for our wood fire pizza, bbq and sandwiches."

They are aiming to open in January, she said.

"I'm very excited about that block," Kenny said. "I think there is a great potential."

Kenny, who lived in El Cerrito since 2005 and recently moved one house over the border into Albany, said she has more than 10 years experience in restaurant management and that this will be the first time she's owned a business.

The business already has a website, saying, "Coming Soon to Albany / El Cerrito." A description on the site says the pizza will be "NY inspired" and that the wood-fire oven will also produce fresh-baked bread for the sub sandwiches.

"Open early and and closed late, Organic Pizza Kitchen will high-five your palette and fill your belly from breakfast through dinner, including late-night delivery," the description says.

A visit by Patch to the address on Aug. 26 found an empty building with no obvious sign yet inside of a restaurant in gestation. Kenny said she and her husband are in the process of submitting plans and hope to have their health department permits within two to three months.

On the same side of the street, on the same block between Central and Fairmount avenues, are:

  • , El Cerrito's only brew pub, which opened in September last year and makes its own beers on the premises
  •  Vietnamese restaurant, which opened in October of 2010
  • , which recently opened its night-time incarnation, Raphael's After Dark
  • , a new wine bar/cafe expected to open very soon in the same building housing Cerrito Theater. 

A block further south, has won approval from the city's Design Review Board to move into the former Payless ShoeSource building next to Peet's and across the street from El Cerrito Plaza.

Another new pizza outlet specializing in locally sourced ingredients, , opened in July on Colusa Circle in Kensington.


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Danny Chester September 01, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Being a native New Yorker, I hope they make Chicken Parm & Eggplant Parm Heroes. I haven't had one out here in the Bay Area since moving from NY 11 years ago.
John Stashik September 01, 2012 at 05:30 PM
They have a parking lot, too. That will help their business.
Craig B. Wilson September 01, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Delighted to hear the news--I walk down that block daily and have kept hoping for someone to occupy the old Comcast store (and to build something next to it).
Claire Boudreaux September 01, 2012 at 10:21 PM
This is fantastic! Now, can they turn the weed-filled lot adjacent to the building into outdoor patio seating? With a raised bed against the far wall for growing herbs and veggies for use in the restaurant?
kevin o'leary September 02, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Super exciting! Good to see El Cerrito thrive.
John Stashik September 02, 2012 at 12:29 AM
I heard the vacant lot was just sold. Keep for resale, or build something? No info yet.
John September 02, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Glad something is going in there. I was starting to think that city should take over that property and the weed filled lot and ....build a parking lot. I like Claire's idea of putting out door seating there. You'd have to raise the lot to side walk level though. @ The lot seems very small to have a store go in there but I guess that is what had to be there ages ago.
Jane Phillips September 03, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Wonderful news, all around! I am going to be even fatter.
Speakeasy Ray September 04, 2012 at 04:44 PM
That's something I've been wondering for ages - what business(es) used to be at that vacant lot? And when was it demolished, after Loma Prieta or before? You're right, John, it IS a very small lot. It makes it hard to imagine the sort of business that would fit in there. Perhaps a locksmith or summat.
klaudia kenny September 05, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Your suggestion is noted, Danny. :)
klaudia kenny September 05, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Yes, the vacant lot has been sold, however, there might be possibility for us to lease that space from the new owner, we are in the process of negotiating. Claire, our goals/plans have been exactly that and we will do our best to accomplish them.
Craig B. Wilson January 22, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Any updates on the organic pizza restaurant planned for the same block as the Cerrito Theater? Or am I being too eager, given all the paperwork that must be involved in getting this off the ground?


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