Well-liked KoKo bar clears first hurdle to relocate on Polk Street 

Amid complaints from area residents about how there are to many bars already on Polk Street, the Board of Supervisors City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee unanimously approved Tuesday the KoKo bar on Geary and Polk to reopen along Polk Street.

The bar is being forced to move because of the massive CPMC hospital development, so the bar wants to rename itself Hi Lo at 1423 Polk St.

Patrons of the bar praised the owners and the bar for how it’s been operating, saying they have turned around the area outside of the bar and do a lot of community work.

A handful of residents in the area turned out during the hearing to complain about the impact a number of existing bars are having in the area and the overall nightlife scene. They complained about prostitution, crime, noise, some even saying they can no longer go out on Friday and Saturday nights because it’s chaos.

Supervisor John Avalos said the bar is a “very strong neighborhood business” and because it’s being displaced it only makes sense to allow it to remain in the community. He noted the business supports local artists, youth and partners with merchants in the area to help the area. “To me it makes a lot of sense that we can approve this license,” Avalos said.

The full board will vote later today at its 2 pm hearing, when it is expected to approve it.

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