Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

New Mexican restaurant on upper Market Street wins approval

slide1A new Mexican sit-down restaurant is headed to upper Market Street after winning approval from the Planning Commission this afternoon (Thursday, December 19).

Named Bandidos, the eatery will be housed in a ground-floor space at 2200 Market Street where the new mixed-use development dubbed The Century San Francisco (seen at left) is set to open in early 2014.

The locally-owned business garnered no opposition to its conditional use request, and the planning commissioners unanimously approved it without holding a hearing as part of its consent calendar items today.

As the Bay Area Reporter noted in a blog post last month, co-owners Jesse Woodward and Dana Gleim hope to welcome diners to the restaurant down the street from their gay sports bar Hi Tops by June next year.

They have promised it will not be a taqueria style place, and according to the planning staff report, will be open for dinner weekdays and opening earlier on the weekends to serve a brunch crowd.  The plans call for 12 sidewalk seats and 80 seats indoors, with a bar lounge closing at midnight seven days a week.

The restaurateurs are leasing the space and acquiring a liquor license from property owner Leticia Luna, who years ago had run her own Mexican eatery known as Leticia’s on the corner site at the intersection of Market, 15th and Sanchez streets.

Prior to the demolition of the building that had stood there was the Thai House restaurant. The new eatery will occupy a nearly 3,000 square foot corner retail space, while next door facing Market Street will be a second, smaller storefront for lease.

Initially, Luna had sought a bank for the corner storefront but approached the Hi Tops team about opening up a restaurant after the city put in place an 18-month moratorium on allowing financial services to open along upper Market Street.

— Matthew S. Bajko, December 19, 2013 @ 1:43 pm PST
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