The former Bette’s Oceanview Diner will reopen on March 1

The former Bette’s Oceanview Diner is now the Oceanview Diner, with a new logo and the same beloved menu. Credit: Restaurant with sea/Instagram view

Berkeley’s iconic Bette’s Oceanview Diner has closed permanently
Bette’s Oceanview Diner staff reopens iconic Berkeley breakfast spot as co-op

Less than two months after Bette’s Oceanview Diner closed its doors on Berkeley’s Fourth Street for good, its new owners will reopen the restaurant with a new name, new sign and the same beloved menu.

Bette’s doors at 1807 Fourth St. opened in April 1982, built by local development magnate Denny Abrams (and his company Abrams/Millikan & Kent) and owned by co-founders Bette and Manfred Kroening and Sue Conley.

Conley left the company to found Cowgirl Creamery, and Bette died in 2017. Manfred, now 69, retired in January, closing the Diner and its To-Go operation. A few of the restaurant’s longtime employees approached Abrams, who is also the owner of the space, and together with his business partner Richard Millikan, he financed the reopening of the restaurant as a worker-owned business. which worker/owner William Bishop hopes to turn into a co-op once Abrams’ investment is repaid.

The new restaurant, now called Oceanview Diner, will reopen on March 1, he announced via his new Instagram account, @oceanviewonfourth. “All your favourites” from the Bette’s menu will be served at the revived location, the restaurant said, as his morning rolls and of course, those fluffy pancakes.

In the meantime, the Oceanview is work to hire staff and will soon reveal a “new sign” he announced on Tuesday. So mark your calendar now, but don’t forget to leave your (vintage, like it ceased print publication in 2020) copy of Playboy at home.


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