Monarch Trading Co. to Replace Berkeley’s Caffe Venezia

Caffe Venezia

The big space at 1799 University Avenue in Berkeley that’s been occupied by the beloved Caffe Venezia for the last 33 years has a taker. After Venezia bids farewell next month, new owner Joel DiGiorgio is planning to open a "California crafthouse" restaurant called Monarch Trading Co., specializing in craft beer, wine, pizza, and salads. He’s aiming for a summer opening. [Berkeleyside, Earlier]