History

 

 

 

We are honored to be the new chapter in a long and rich history.

Our beautiful space, designed by famed architect John A. Bischoff, first
opened its doors on January 15th, 1921, as the Elmwood Pharmacy Soda
Foundation. They served sandwiches, soup, and coffee to the greater
Berkeley community.

Upon returning from World War II, aviator Charles “Ozzie” Osborne
transformed the sleepy corner soda fountain into a wonderful community
gathering spot. For decades, Ozzie fostered an environment where neighbors
could get together for more than just food, but also friendship and conversation.

It has been our pleasure to meet many people who frequented the soda
fountain in those days, and to hear their extraordinary stories.

We have completed our extensive restoration of this historic location, and it is
with the utmost respect that we dedicate this space to those who have frequented
it and cherished it over the years.

We salvaged as much of the building’s original character as we could, including
the display cabinets and the beautiful oak paneling. While bringing everything
up to date, we were careful to preserve the original finish and patina. We were
also able to save Ozzie’s counter, with its fabulously uneven little red stools.

We wish to thank all the people who have enthusiastically supported our reopening.
Whether you have been coming here for many years, or are a new part of our
history, your support has been truly heartwarming.