In a bad economy where merchants are struggling and vacancy rates are high, it seems foolish to turn away any business. Such is the case in the Castro District, which currently bans new restaurants from moving into any vacant space unless it’s replacing an already existing restaurant.
Supervisor Bevan Dufty is pushing legislation that would lift the ban and give eateries a chance to locate in the Castro neighborhood. According to the proposed legislation, which will go before the Board of Supervisors for review Tuesday, restaurants angling to move into the Castro would have to get a conditional use permit, which means their projects would be heavily scrutinized by the community and city planners.
The proposal mirrors the Noe Valley legislation that repealed a 20-year-old ban on new restaurants along the 24th Street commercial district.