Ike’s making its Castro comeback 

Planning commissioners today said they do not punish businesses for being too popular minutes before they unanimously agreed to let a roomier Ike’s Place operate across the street from its original shop.

Storeowner Ike Shehadeh applied to move his toned down operation at Lime on market Street to 3489 16th St. which is across from where it was recently kicked out mainly for  being too popular.

He has a bigger inside area that seats 10, more storage, a bigger staff and a number of ways he’s trying to mitigate the original complaints.

And despite a handful of neighbors disturbed by the amount of traffic, noise and potential trash the quirky sandwich shop brings, city officials such as Supervisor Bevan Dufty came to support it.

“I think that we will see going forward that this can be successful here,’’ Dufty said.

Planning Commissioner Gwyneth Borden, a neighbor to the new venue, said just before the vote, “We don’t punish businesses for being successful in this town.’’

He still has to apply for a couple more permits, but plans to be in business by the end of February.

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