The Flying Falafel opened a second outlet earlier this month at 2114 Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley. According to Eater SF, the new location is larger than the one on Market Street but has a similar menu, offering regular and spicy falafel, hummus, salads and vegan desserts (everything in the shop is vegan). The Flying Falafel is owned by Assaf Pashut, who began cooking falafel for his friends while a student at Cal and then moved to farmers markets before opening his first location in San Francisco. The business is so-named because he and his staff are known for throwing falafel balls into the air and catching them in pitas.
The Cookie Department, a business started in the Bay Area by former Berkeley resident Akiva Resnikoff, donated 7,200 cookies to the relief workers dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.