Ike's Returns to San Francisco With a Topless Threat

By Sajid Farooq
|  Wednesday, Sep 22, 2010  |  Updated 3:45 PM PDT
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Ike's Returns to San Francisco With a Topless Threat

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Ike's Place has a new address and a new place for people to stand in line.

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When graffiti and plywood close one door, another one opens up and rather quickly as Ike Shehadeh found out.

Neighbor complaints about noise, smell and crowds shut down Ike's Place last week after months of compromises, legal battles and threatened evictions.

Lovers of sandwiches with names like the "Vegan Womanizer" living in the City were faced with the prospect of -- God forbid -- getting into a car and driving down to the Peninsula to eat at Ike's Redwood Shores or Stanford location.

But Wednesday the little sandwich shop that could reopened at a new location in the City and as it turns out just down the street from the original scene of the crime.

Owner Ike Shehadeh had a plan to open his restaurant at a new address in the City come "together kind of suddenly."

Ike's sandwiches will be served out of the restaurant Lime, located at 2247 Market St., from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

"The idea is that since Lime is not open for lunch, they can use the extra rent,'' Shehadeh told the San Francisco Chronicle.

The two restaurants will share the space between 5 and 7 p.m. and there will be a few changes for die hard Ike's fans.

Orders will only be taken over the phone by calling 415-553-6888 and there will be a proper place to wait in line.

But will Shehadeh go topless like some of the bartenders at Lime are known to do on occasion?

"Actually, I have been working out,'' the owner told the paper. "So I might."

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