Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

Proposal would allow for more Castro restaurants

Legislation that would allow for more restaurants in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood is set to go before the city’s Planning Commission today [Thursday, June 17.]

The proposal, which openly gay Supervisor Bevan Dufty introduced at the Board of Supervisors in April, would amend the city’s planning code to allow new restaurants, including full-service eateries, into the neighborhood with conditional use authorization.

“I am not on a mission to bring 10 restaurants to the Castro,” said Dufty, who represents the largely LGBT neighborhood. However, he said, “We ought to be more flexible than what the law currently allows.”

Current law prohibits new full-service restaurants, small self-service restaurants, and self-service specialty food establishments. A large fast-food restaurant is authorized under limited circumstances.

New eateries can’t open unless they move into spaces that have already been restaurants.

Dufty said the legislation does not apply to bars, but full-service restaurants serving alcohol could apply for permits.

He said the current cap “depresses our ability to have new types of restaurants in the neighborhood, and overvalues existing restaurants.”

Dennis Richards, president of the Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association, said his group hasn’t taken a position on Dufty’s proposal, but said there needs to be a balance in the neighborhood between restaurants and other businesses.

“We’re a neighborhood, we’re a regional center, and we’re a global tourist destination … all the conditional uses need to address that,” said Richards.

The planning commission has preliminarily approved the measure. The meeting starts at 1 p.m. in Room 400 of City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, June 17, 2010 @ 10:21 am PST
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