Revival Bar and Kitchen

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Revival Bar & Kitchen
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Restaurant information
Established May 2010
Head chef Amy Murray (executive chef)
Chef Nat Harry (head mixologist), Patrick Cress (sommelier)
Street address 2102 Shattuck Avenue
City Berkeley
County Alameda
State California
Postal code/ZIP 94704
Country United States
Coordinates 37°52′15.6″N 122°16′6.5″W / 37.871000°N 122.268472°W / 37.871000; -122.268472Coordinates: 37°52′15.6″N 122°16′6.5″W / 37.871000°N 122.268472°W / 37.871000; -122.268472
Reservations Yes

Revival Bar and Kitchen is a farm-to-table eatery in Berkeley, California that specializes in local, sustainable, ethical food.[1][2][3] It first opened its doors in May 2010, with Amy Murray as owner and taking over as executive chef in December 2011.[4] Nat Harry serves as Revival's head mixologist, and Patrick Cress as Revival's sommelier.[5][6] Revival's name both refers to the fact that the restaurant is housed in a Revival-era building, is a reference to the days when Berkeley's downtown was a bustling place that attracted the rich and famous, and a reference to Amy Murray's hopes that her twin restaurants, Revival and Venus will play a significant role in the revival of Berkeley's downtown food scene (and downtown in general.)[7]

Food[edit]

Revival focuses on using whole animals sourced locally and during the appropriate season, although they also have a number of vegan and vegetarian options.[2][8] Revival attempts to source all of their food within a one hundred mile radius, and attempts to minimize their waste, describing their philosophy as "snout to tail" and "root to shoot."[3][8] Revival features in-house charcuterie, as well as house-made cheeses, chutneys, and pasta.[4][9] Revival's insistence on maintaining their sourcing standards means that some foods, such as goat, are only intermittently available (and that many vegetables are not available at all out of season.)[4]

Drink[edit]

Revival's menu includes unique housemade cocktails, a selection of local beers, and a more than sixty bottle wine list.[2][5] Nat Harry, Revival's head mixologist, won the East Bay Express' award for "Best Bartender" in 2012.[10] The award describes Harry as "relentlessly adventurous" and as "the kind of bartender to whom you can rattle off a vague list of likes, dislikes, and current cravings and who will then make exactly the drink you didn't even know you wanted."[10] Additionally, Harry has invested a significant amount of her time figuring out how to produce vegan versions of traditional favorites, a process which has required her to stock extensive supplies of things such as gelatin free sakes, honey free liquors, and char-free sugar, as well as to come up with suitable alternatives for ingredients which cannot be produced in a vegan fashion.[5] Revival's wine menu focuses on small, family owned wineries (generally with production runs less than 10,000 cases) that have an emphasis on sustainable practices, and their beer menu focuses on local and unusual brews.[6][8] Revival's sommelier also attempts to choose wines that are high quality while remaining affordable, so that his selection is accessible, rather than exclusive.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Revival Bar and Kitchen". Revival Bar and Kitchen. 
  2. ^ a b c Barmann, Jay (3 March 2010). "Two New Restaurants Arrive in Berkeley: Revival Bar and Kitchen and Elmwood Cafe". Grub Street San Francisco. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Henry, Sarah (4 November 2011). "Field trip highlights programs in food-forward Berkeley". Berkeleyside. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Boer, Nicholas (1 August 2012). "Revival Bar & Kitchen review: fresh frontier". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c Rufus, Anneli (26 October 2011). "A Guide to Vegan Cocktails". East Bay Express. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c Riley, Thomas (9 July 2013). "6 stand-out East Bay restaurant wine lists". Berkeleyside. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Henry, Sarah (11 June 2010). "Berkeley Bites: Amy Murray, Venus and now Revival". Berkeleyside. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c Stafford, Matthew (7 July 2010). "Revival Goes Hog Wild". East Bay Express. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Burrell, Jackie (4 September 2010). "Review: Berkeley's stylish Revival Bar & Kitchen". Contra Costa Times. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Best Bartender". East Bay Express. Retrieved 27 February 2014.