Sliver Pizzeria Announces Closure
Its alleged new location has yet to be announced.
Sliver, the popular pizzeria located mere steps from the western entrance to UC Berkeley, is closing — with Friday, Dec. 29 as its last day of business.
"We are saddened to announce that after 5 incredible years, we will be relocating Sliver Pizzeria. We thought that Center Street would be our forever home but due to unforeseen circumstances we will be relocating to a new TBD location," the owners explained in a Facebook post.
"It will be a bittersweet transition but we are beyond forever grateful to everyone who has made these 5 years possible and helped us grow. It would not have been possible without all of your endless love and support. It's been an honor to serve our community and get to know so many wonderful people along the way. Stay tuned for updates on the announcement of our new location.
"We have encountered obstacles along the way but the excitement of all the new faces as well as the familiar faces who will be a part of our next chapter keep us going. We want to give a special thanks to all of our friends at Berkeley High School, Berkeley Community College, UC Berkeley, the City of Berkeley, and especially all of our employees for the endless support even during these tough times. We are committed to continue pouring our hearts into what we love so much, serving the community," the announcement read.
In 2013, when the restaurant first opened, Berkeleyside reported that "three former Cheese Board alums — Guillermo Willy Perez, Artemio Maldonado, and Dwight Ferron — have put their hearts and souls into the new venture. ...
"But there’s more than just food on the minds of the owners. The restaurant aims to give a percentage of its profits to various organizations working to end human trafficking. Every month, Sliver will host a presentation and awareness day on human trafficking with guest speakers and videos from people who are out in the field. In addition, monthly art exhibits will feature local Bay Area artists."
A possibly final Facebook post, which went online at around noon on the final day, read:
"The day has come, our last day serving pizza on Center Street. Come see us & enjoy some delicious potato pizza while making a few final memories."