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Saul’s Delicatessen

Berkeley, California 1999

“We want our customers to feel like they’re in New York,” said the owners of Saul’s Deli when discussing their aspirations for their new restaurant.  Our research for the project included a tour of East Coast delis through which we identified a set of principles common to the best of the genre. Like any good New York Deli, Saul’s exudes a kind of cacophonic, unselfconscious vitality and, most of all, a sense of abundance. The 3,500 sq ft restaurant seats 105 guests.

Cutsheet for Sauls


Owner: Peter Levitt and Karen Adelman
Architect: David Trachtenberg, Patricia Solis-Fillon, Ari Seligman
Engineer: Ingraham DeJesse Associates
Builder: Gotham Bay Construction

Budget: $800k