As we recently reported, SIGNAL Coffee Roasters is indeed opening a second location but as it turns out, it’s not actually going to be the one in downtown Alameda. Before the Central Avenue space makes its highly-anticipated debut, SIGNAL Coffee Roasters will be opening a new cafe in Berkeley!
Co-owner Brendan Doherty confirmed with What Now San Francisco this week that they’ve just received clearance from the city of Berkeley to operate out of the former Brazilian Breads space at 1707 Solano Ave. in the northern part of town. This location is anticipated to open on Sept. 11, just in time for East Bay’s famous Solano Avenue Stroll.
“We’re excited about this new location and to become a part of the Berkeley-Albany community,” Doherty says, adding that many SIGNAL Coffee customers are located in the area. “This new cafe is going to be a great experience with even better coffee that will be a wonderful addition to the neighborhood.”
The new Berkeley cafe will be a “relaxed hybrid” of their Alameda locations, featuring both indoor seating and an outdoor patio. While Doherty and co-owner Rebecca Brown clearly have the beverage service covered, they’ve enlisted Alyssa Wiegand and Kelsey Soule to lead their food program.
A self-proclaimed “Jill of all trades” behind @alameda.homemade, Wiegand brings her background in cafe management and culinary teaching to the table as SIGNAL’s culinary director. Soule is a Bay Area native known among the pop-up scene as @souledout_pastries and as SIGNAL’s head baker, she will help develop a stellar pastry and quick bread menu to be served in all of SIGNAL’s cafes.