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Le Bateau Ivre Needs Reno; Lao Lanxang Pop-Up at Turtle Tower; Restoring Angela’s

The latest in restaurant crowdfunding around town.

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Le Bateau Ivre.
Le Bateau Ivre.

BERKELEY—Despite being a neighborhood fixture for 42 years, Telegraph Avenue's Le Bateau Ivre is in danger of closing, according to owner Arlene Giordano. The East Bay Express reports that Giordano has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $60,000 to keep the restaurant afloat and begin much-needed renovations. If you’d like to see the beloved brunch spot stick around, go to their Indiegogo site for more info. [EBX]

TENDERLOIN—In an effort to broaden local awareness of authentic Laotian cuisine, the Center for Lao Studies (CLS) has created new food project Lao Lanxang, whose mission is to educate the public about the country’s culinary diversity. They are crowdsourcing funding for a series of pop-ups to be held at Turtle Tower in Little Saigon, promising homemade Lao dishes that will help customers understand the difference between Lao, Thai and other Southeast Asian cuisines. Their goal is $15,000 for start-up fees; rewards include tote bags and cooking lessons. [EaterWire]

ALAMEDA—On the brink of re-opening after a relocation, popular neighborhood restaurant Angela’s was destroyed by one of the serial arsons that terrorized the neighborhood early last Sunday. Owner Saboor Zafari poured his family’s life savings into the project, and fire insurance had not been purchased yet. A GoFundMe campaign is aiming to raise a cool $1 million to restore the charred structure. [EaterWire]

Heidi Brown