Mar 25, 2014
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UC Berkeley football fans can now rest their espressos on a slab of their team’s history at Richmond’s Catahoula Coffee Co.

The coffee shop on San Pablo Avenue just installed a recycled bleacher seat from the university’s Memorial Stadium, which underwent a major retrofit in 2010.

Catahoula Coffee purchased the plank from the Wooden Duck, a recycled wood furniture dealer, and is using it as a sitting bar in the shop’s front window.

Barista Steven Noble expects to see a lot more of the vintage wood popping up around the Bay Area.

In 2012, according to an article in Berkeleyside, Wooden Duck owner Eric Gellerman purchased the torn-out stadium bleachers before they were shipped off to Mexico and began making furniture out of the high-quality wood.

“There is quite a bit out there and a lot of people are getting their hands on it,” Noble said.

Catahoula Coffee bought the wood in order to “support and be a part of a Bay Area institution,” Noble said.

“A lot of our business is based on community,” he said. “We want to support our local artists, give our customers a place to meet and talk and really be a community center. It’s something we think Richmond has been missing for some time.”


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.