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Updated: Berkeley's Chez Panisse Hit by 3 am Fire

By Hannah Albarazi (BCN)
Friday March 08, 2013 - 08:07:00 AM

Berkeley's famous Chez Panisse restaurant could reopen as soon as next weekend after being damaged in a fire early this morning, according to its equally famous founder, Alice Waters. 

Waters sent a message out on Twitter around 10 a.m. that said, "Luckily no one hurt and the main structure of Chez Panisse intact. Hope to reopen the Cafe next weekend. Thank you for your love + support." 

The fire at the 1517 Shattuck Ave. restaurant was reported just after 3 a.m., fire officials said. 

A working sprinkler system inside the building helped stop the fire from spreading to the entire structure, fire officials said. 

The fire was brought under control shortly before 4:30 a.m.