Redfield Cider grand opening; Gio's Pizza & Bocce has closed; Marin Pizza is now Berkeley Burgers —

Redfield Cider Bar & Bottle Shop in Rockridge. Photo: Andria Lo/Redfield Cider Bar & Bottle Shop

THIS CIDER HOUSE RULES Redfield Cider Bar & Bottle Shop in Rockridge opened on Jan 6. Run by married couple Olivia Maki and Mike Reis, Redfield is a great place for cider newbs to get familiar with the variety of flavors that can be tapped from this boozy fermented apple drink, and for cider enthusiasts to taste the best and most interesting brews of what they already love. The bar serves ciders on tap, by the glass and as flights. Theres also beer and wine, and a menu of bar snacks, including cheese plates and kukus (Persian frittatas served cold). The bottle shop offers hundreds of ciders in bottles and cans to purchase to enjoy at home, or if you cant wait at the bar (there is a $3-$5 corkage fee). This weekend, Redfield will host two days of grand opening parties, from noon to midnight, Saturday, Jan. 12, and noon to 11 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 13. Expect sips, snacks and to learn a thing or two about cider while youre there. Redfield Cider Bar & Bottle Shop, 5815 College Ave. (at Oak Grove), Oakland

THAI IN ELMWOOD Taking the spot of short-lived Burger Joint in Berkeleys Elmwood neighborhood is Gai Barn, a new Thai restaurant that opened last week. The menu features soups, salads, noodle dishes, curries, wok-fried dishes and its house special, the Thai dish of the moment, khao mun gai, which it offers in three ways poached (traditional), fried, or as a  combination....

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