Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

Planning body expected to approve new Castro coffeehouse Thursday

A new coffeehouse fronting Jane Warner Plaza in the city’s gay Castro district is expected to win approval from the Planning Commission this week.

Courtesy SF planning department.

Courtesy SF planning department.

The oversight body will vote on approving Hearth Coffee Roasters’ permit application to open in a nearly 1,500 square-foot storefront on 17th Street that had been a tanning salon. (Seen in photo at right.)

“We strive to select coffees with characteristics we find to be genuinely special — coffees with distinctive, unique appeal that do justice to the uncompromising hand of the grower and the skill and dedication of the roaster and barista,” states its website.

The San Francisco-based coffee company plans to house coffee roasting facilities at the site, 3985 17th Street, and serve organic, specialty coffee, food, beverages, and related retail merchandise. According to its planning application, the coffee shop also intends to seek a liquor license for beer and wine sales.

The proprietor, Ariana Akbar, is seeking conditional use authorization to be defined as a restaurant in order to secure the liquor license. Planners are recommending her request be approved after determining the business “is desirable for, and compatible with the surrounding neighborhood.”

Akbar, who previously operated Brown Owl Coffee, intends to operate the Castro space as a casual cafe and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The location’s hours are proposed to be 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

If approved it will be the latest coffee-based business to open in the Castro, coming on the heels of nearby coffee purveyors Eureka! Cafe (451 Castro Street), Espressamente Illy (2349 Market Street), and Reveille Coffee Company (4076 18th Street).

They joined long established Castro coffee houses Spike’s Coffees and Teas (4117 19th Street); Peet’s (2257 Market Street); Starbucks (4094 18th Street); Philz Coffee (4023 18th Street) and the Castro Coffee Company (427 Castro Street).

Also looking to open is Weaver’s Coffee & Tea in a storefront in the same building as Fitness SF at the corner of Market, Noe and 16 Streets.

As of last week, city planners said they had received no public comments for or against Hearth Coffee Roasters.

The planning commission meeting begins at noon Thursday, April 3 at City Hall in Room 400, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco.


— Matthew S. Bajko, March 31, 2014 @ 2:24 pm PST
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