A year and a half ago, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors implemented a ban on new restaurants and bars in North Beach, citing concerns that nightlife hot spots were forcing out neighborhood staples like mom-and-pop hammer stores.
That was the same reason that a 1987 moratorium on 24th Street restaurants was passed, except the Board of Supes has just voted unanimously to open the gates to new restaurants again.
In fact, the City's Planning Department would like to lift the restaurant cap in all the neighborhoods that have them. A major impetus? Vacancies.