From the San Francisco Examiner with respect to the current cap on new full-service restaurants along 24th Street in Noe:

With a unanimous vote Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors repealed the Noe Valley restriction, meaning restaurants need only conditional-use permits to open along the commercial stretch of 24th Street. The permit process requires a public hearing before the Planning Commission and public notification. A granted permit can be appealed to the Board of Supervisors.

The character of 24th Street has changed and the number of restaurants decreased from 29 to 22 as “the number of vacancies has increased dramatically,” the Planning Department said. Noe Valley’s 24th Street has 22 restaurants operating, 15 vacancies and 13 takeout businesses, according to the most recent Planning Department study.

A final vote to ratify the legislation is expected next week. Other streets with caps that might benefit from Noe’s lead: Castro, Clement, Upper Fillmore, Haight and Union.
New eateries in Noe Valley given green light [Examiner]

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by Live Smart

    Finally, an excellent pro-business idea for once by the BOS. I can’t wait until the city-wide ban is lifted. It is a win-win situation for both foodies and business owners.
    The BOS should also immediately reduce the fees and red tape to start a business if they want to kick-start the SF economy.

  2. Posted by EH

    If we get an Applebees I’m coming after all of you.

  3. Posted by SFRE

    @EH: Don’t be a snob, what bother is it to you if there is an Applebees (although it is highly unlikely any chain restaurants will move in).

  4. Posted by 45yo hipster

    Noe’s 24th street is culturally dead and soulless.
    24th street in the Mission, now that’s an interesting food and culture Mecca.

  5. Posted by dub dub

    Naturally, it would be called l’applebès.

  6. Posted by noearch

    @SFRE: well, for one thing (not to mention their crappy food), Applebees is known for being very homophobic with their employment policies, and they contribute $$ to the disgusting Family Research Council.
    so there are reasons why one might not want that kind of junk in Noe Valley.

  7. Posted by SFRE

    @noearch: I can attest to their mostly crappy food, but there are a lot of crappy places in SF. And for as good as SF thinks they are in terms of cuisine, they didn’t manage to get one restaurant on the list of the 50 best restaurants in the world. So no cause for being a food snob in SF. http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/04/27/fifty.best.restaurants/index.html
    I can not attest to their homophobic employment practices, but that would be a big deal breaker to me if that were indeed the case. As for giving $$ to the family research council, I guess they can do what they want their money [whether or not I agree], and I am sure that the majority of restaurants do not share all of the same views [as each other] politically.

  8. Posted by J

    The other concern is that they will drive out quality restaurants with quantity.
    They’d fatten up the area too. They probably sell nothing under 1,000 calories.

  9. Posted by JimBobJones

    Jeez, are we still talking about Applebee’s? Talk about beating a dead horse.
    It seems like all the non-NIMBYs can agree that the removal of this restaurant ban in Noe is a good thing. The existing restaurants on 24th St. are largely not up to snuff or overpriced and complacent in being inferior since no new restaurants meant no competition. Hopefully the lifting of this draconian rule will bring some new ideas in and force the existing restaurants to raise their game.

  10. Posted by REpornaddict

    24th street in the Mission, now that’s an interesting food and culture Mecca.
    45 y.o.hipster, are you talking about McDonalds or the ChineseFood&Donuts place?

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