The gargantuan salads at brought a long line of hungry customers each day, satisfying apetites with healthy, fresh food and delicious, home-baked bread.
The large wooden tables and cozy interior of welcomed students and Berkeley residents alike to eat, drink and socialize.
Now, what remains of these two Berkeley staples is a gutted and blackened building. Soon, .
It is unknown whether either business will be re-established, according to Roland Peterson, executive director of the Telegraph Business Improvement District. But the city may aid the process by voting to waive permit fees for both Raleigh's and Cafe Intermezzo.
Meanwhile, the outpouring of regret and disappointment is clear on review and social networking sites like Yelp and Twitter.
"Get them back open ASAP," said LarsSkjerping on Twitter.
"I will greatly miss this Berkeley food landmark, known to my circle of friends as the 'salad spot in Berkeley'. Please come back from the ashes," said Alex H. on Cafe Intermezzo's Yelp page.
"One of the first places I ever ate in Berkeley in 1988. The place I went my last night there in 1992. I have been back many, many times since. It's destruction hurts a lot," said Paul S. about Raleigh's on its Yelp page.
"So, now that Cafe Intermezzo on Telegraph Ave. has burned down, where oh where can I get a salad with the density of a dying star?" asked AhabLives on Twitter.
"Tonight, I will sip my beer quietly in solidarity with all that Raleigh's stands for in the hope that I can one day return and have the same amazing experience they provided me during my senior year of college," said Dmitriy S. about Raleigh's on its Yelp page.
"I'm seriously gutted to learn of its news. Mourning the death of anything is a process and does take a toll. My most regular go-to place for my young college years is gone and will live on in thousands of folks' hearts," said jana s. on Cafe Intermezzo's Yelp page.
Ironically, Berkeley Patch ran a poll the same day the fire broke out — — and Cafe Intermezzo proved the favorite.
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