Berkeley's Smoke's Poutinerie, last of the chain in California, closes
Smoke's Poutinerie, the Canadian chain known for serving quirky renditions of the gravy and cheese curd-loaded treat, closed their only Berkeley location on Wednesday.
A Facebook post announced the sudden closure, though it didn’t offer any specific reason behind it. We reached out to Smoke’s Poutinerie Inc. headquarters for comment but did not hear back by the time of publication.
“Dear Plaid Nation, we are sad to announce that our doors are permanently closed," the Facebook post reads. "Thanks to all our wonderful customers and fans for your support over the past 5 years! Stay tuned to this page for future California location announcements!”
For five years, the business was a hotspot for hungry college students that craved a hearty, late-night snack well past midnight. Store hours for Smoke's Poutinerie show that the business stayed open through 4 a.m.
Inside the shop, customers had a variety of poutine entrees to choose from. Among their most unique menu options was the “Hangover,” which included scrambled eggs, maple syrup and double-smoked bacon. The “Korean” included bulgogi-marinated beef, kimchi, sriracha mayonnaise, sesame seeds and green onions.
A sign plastered across an interior store wall proudly boasted that they’ve been “clogging arteries since 2008.”
Last year, Smoke's Poutinerie closed their Hollywood location inside a strip mall after a three-year stint. When that store closed, Berkeley became the last California outpost where customers could order the popular Canadian snack. Now that the Berkeley location has also shuttered, Smoke's Poutinerie fans will have to take their business elsewhere.
One of the few businesses in Berkeley that still serves poutine is Augie's Montreal Deli, located off 875 Potter St. The caveat? You’ll need to satisfy your poutine craving before 8 p.m.