Bay Citizen reports the latest on Ike’s Place:
The city of San Francisco has taken steps to put popular sandwich shop Ike’s Place out of business at its Castro location.
The Planning Department said it is issuing a $250 fine per day because the eatery has failed to obtain a permit the city now contends the restaurant needs.
Rather than shut down and fire everyone, Ike intends to suck it up and pay the $250 per day (that’s $7500 per month—OUCH). Which is ridiculous, because, as we reported earlier, his landlord ordered him to halt construction on a ventilation hood that would have cured any permit issues. It’s not for lack of trying; the ventilation hood is there and ready to go. Why not let him finish the job? Because without the permits, the case for eviction is quick and easy. Nice catch-22 there.
So despite having an otherwise spotless record, the Planning Department is now joining the push to paperwork Ike’s Place out of existence. All for the crime of being too successful. No wonder “urban homesteading” is taking off in this city. Nowhere left to eat out? Just till some wheat in the backyard, and (eventually) you can have a sandwich of your own. This new Great Depression keeps getting better by the day.
∞ posted at 15:17 by stevesimitzis