Cafe Society

Elitch Lanes Sold, Yard House Intruder Charged, Source Bathroom Mystery Solved

Elitch Lanes, a mainstay in Berkeley, has been sold, our Show and Tell blog reports this morning. Cal Eichinger, who's owned the bowling alley for thirteen years, hopes to relocate somewhere nearby. And in the meantime, the building at 3825 Tennyson Street that Elitch Lanes will vacate in May has been sold -- but not to Punch Bowl Social, although that's certainly been rumored. Punch Bowl owner Robert Thompson, who's busy opening a spot in Detroit, had definitely been looking at the space, but says the landlord told him another group made an offer that was "too good to even ask me to counter." See also: Elitch Lanes to Close on Tennyson in May [jump] People like the Yard House -- but this was ridiculous. Last week Stephen Graves was discovered behind a wall at the restaurant on the 16th Street Mall -- apparently he'd plunged through the ceiling of the upstairs space where he'd been hiding, breaking a pipe in the process and causing flooding that did an estimated $100,000-plus in damage to the Yard House dining room and the lobby of the Sheraton Hotel.

An officer who inspected his hiding space found "multiple wine bottle corks" and a cardboard box in which it appeared Graves had been sleeping.

Now he's been charged with burglary and two counts of criminal mischief; He's due to make his next court appearance tomorrow morning. Read more about it in our Latest Word post from earlier this morning.

And finally, the mystery of the occupancy sign at the Source has been solved. Explains Source developer Kyle Zeppelin, "There are two signs: One to guide guests to the restrooms, the other indicating the occupancy of the common area bar, the RiNo Yacht Club, per requirements from the Fire Department. Sure, they are stacked in the same spot. We have a sense of humor about it."