Berkeley wine bar and restaurant Les Arceaux has closed after just five months in business in the Gourmet Ghetto neighborhood. The venture, opened in October by the the owners of erstwhile Hayes Valley bar Two Sister Bar & Books, has “ceased operations” according to a voicemail greeting. A spokesperson tells Berkelyside that the operators will change directions, adopting a different concept and new name, Idyllwhile. Eater SF has reached out for further details.
The 1,700 square foot space in which Les Arceaux operated (at 1849 Shattuck) was previously Bistro Liaison. Co-owners Mikah Diaz and Alana O’Neal, who migrated their business to the East Bay after the closure Two Sisters, used just a third of the large footprint there, with 40 seats for dining, reserving the rest of the space for food prep and catering work. The plan was to operate the business all day: as a café by morning and afternoon and as a wine bar by night.
Les Arceaux is the second ambitious Berkeley restaurant to announce its closure in relatively short order this week. Maker’s Common, opened in the Summer, announced yesterday that it would close in early March.