$175 pp ? I liked Chez Panisse but that is a pretty steep price increase from $125 about two years ago
The old prices ($75 Monday, $110 weeknights, $120 weekend) seemed like a relative bargain to me compared with other high-end places.
Probably they did some number-crunching while they were closed and came up with a price that would make the downstairs as profitable as the upstairs and high enough that they wouldn’t have to raise it again any time soon.
How Berkeley can you be?