Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Former Shanghai Restaurant space in the Castro could become home to medical pot club

Apothecarium co-owner Ryan Hudson

Apothecarium co-owner Ryan Hudson

The co-owner of the Apothecarium, the Castro area medical pot club that opened in 2011, has been given the green light to move into the nearby vacant Shanghai Restaurant space if they choose to move forward with the location.

According to a letter dated September 18 from San Francisco Zoning Administrator Scott F. Sanchez, the ground floor space that housed the former eatery at 2029 Market Street can house a medical cannabis dispensary.

Based on planning staff research, “it does not appear that any schools, community facilities or recreation centers primarily serving persons under 18 years of age are located within 1,000 feet” of the site in question.

Depending on approval from the city’s planning commission, Sanchez added that a medical cannabis dispensary could operate there between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m.

An attorney for Apothecarium co-owner Ryan Hudson requested the review of the site in August to ensure it could house a dispensary.

The Apothecarium currently operates a block away at 2095 Market Street in the building at the corner of Market and Church streets. The property owner reportedly has not been renewing leases for businesses housed there on a long-term basis, with several now on month-to-month leases.

In a statement to the Bay Area Reporter released early this evening by a spokesman for the Apothecarium, Hudson said that “due to growing patient demand, we have been actively pursuing a larger space. We anticipate making an announcement shortly.”

The dispensary’s current space is 1,000 square feet. Often, customers are lined up outside waiting to be let inside. The Shanghai space is five times the size at 5,000 square feet.

The restaurant closed in January of 2013, five months after opening. As restaurant blog Eater SF noted at the time, it was the fourth eatery to shutter in the space within a three year time span.

It has sat empty for the last two and a half years.

— Matthew S. Bajko, September 28, 2015 @ 4:42 pm PST
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