Red Berry Not Quite Ripe Yet

The shop was previously named, 'Best Place to Worship the Mighty Coffee Bean.'

Signage awaiting customers at what will be Red Berry Coffee Bar. (Photo by Jonathan Marinaro)
Signage awaiting customers at what will be Red Berry Coffee Bar. (Photo by Jonathan Marinaro)
When a beloved coffee shop moves, you would expect it to open as soon as possible.
Red Berry Coffee Bar, the award-winning San Jose shop who closed their door and moved up Interstate 280, has yet to open but shows signs of getting close. Previous reports of 2012 and "summer 2013" on their website have passed by but construction inside has picked up with contractors stating they will be done "by the end of January." 

The previous shop won a prestigious Metro Best-of award for the 'Best Place to Worship the Mighty Coffee Bean' but the competition from other coffee culture counters like Philz Coffee, B2, Roy's Station, Barefoot and Chromatic in the south bay proved problematic. Los Altos' coffee scene is populated by a Starbucks, a Peet's and Main Street Cafe & Books as the only coffee-centric locations. Satura Cakes as well as other food-based shops do offer coffee choices but do not specialize in them. 

L.A. Chung January 03, 2014 at 03:06 AM
"The 280?" Who says that?
Maureen Jones January 03, 2014 at 12:23 PM
Miss you, Lisa! Still no word on when the shop will open though...
Judd January 03, 2014 at 01:05 PM
Jonathan (who wrote this article about the Red Berry Coffee Bar) says he is a "student journalist". Please explain to him that using the word "the" in referring to a freeway is Southern California slang and should not be used in polite company, especially in Northern California. After reading this article,all I could focus on was "moved up the 280" and I lost the entire point he was trying to make!
Penny Lave January 03, 2014 at 01:46 PM
Le Boulanger should be mentioned here. They have Peets coffee and many more offerings than coffee but are at least on a par with MSC&Bs.
L.A. Chung January 03, 2014 at 06:08 PM
Local custom in Northern California is that freeways do not carry an article attached to the highway number, though you can use one if the freeway has a name ("The Nimitz," or "The Nasty Nimitz" for more flair, just as you would say "The Harbor Freeway."). That is spoken custom, and reserved for casual writing. When it comes to newspaper or online writing, that changes, particularly the first time the subject is introduced, or "on first reference," as it is said in the trade. The Associated Press Stylebook, which Patch uses (except in specific instances when it has its own style guidelines), would dictate that the freeway would be identified as "Interstate 280" on first reference, and "I-280" on second reference. Grammar would dictate that a coffee shop (beloved or not) would take the pronoun "it," not "them," since a shop is singular, not plural, nor human. Writing is clearer when compound modifiers of a noun have a hyphen (award-winning San Jose shop).
Angela Horine January 04, 2014 at 11:08 AM
We noticed that too, Lisa!
David January 05, 2014 at 09:53 PM
Speaking of definite articles, there is the issue of "taking Bart" versus "taking the Bart". There was a time when no one around here would ever say the latter, but at some point this started to happen.


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