Are SF rules on chain stores too strict?

Host Jason Pryor checks the vaccination record of Audrey Tong as she enters the Waterbar restaurant Friday, Aug. 20, 2021, in San Francisco. Anyone who wants to eat, drink or exercise indoors in San Francisco must show they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 when one of the nation’s most stringent restrictions on unvaccinated people takes effect Friday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

The saga of another rejected El Farolito outlet in San Francisco brings the chain store restrictions to the forefront, and the Morning Show with Nikki Medoro asks if the rules need to be adjusted. 

“Given the code’s prohibition of formula retail uses in North Beach, this new El Farolito would not be allowed,” Planning Department Chief of Staff Dan Sider wrote in an email to The San Francisco Chronicle, which first reported the news of the decision.

“Something is broken if we treat a small, family owned Mexican restaurant the same way as a Starbucks or a McDonalds,” wrote Danny Sauter, former president of North Beach Neighbors, in an online petition that quickly collected over 800 signatures. “While neighbors continue to support keeping true mega chains out, this instance clearly shows the current system is broken.”

“A lot of these businesses that we love that became nationwide chains started as a small neighborhood business, why should something like El Farolitio not have to face [restrictions], just because we happen to like it,” said Nikki Medoro.

Callers and texters share their thoughts balancing corporate greed and vacant storefronts. Listen the the discussion below.

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