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San Francisco Moves Closer To Jazzing Up Upper Fillmore

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La Mediteranee, a restaurant on Fillmore Street (www.fillmoreshop.com)

La Mediteranee, a restaurant on Fillmore Street (www.fillmoreshop.com)

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – San Francisco’s Upper Fillmore neighborhood has moved a step closer to becoming more food friendly.

The area has had a two decade-long ban on new restaurants, as they were blamed for much of the neighborhood’s problems, including trash, parking, congestion and high rents.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

But now with the struggling economy, San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell said it is time to welcome restaurants back to the Upper Fillmore.

“This is in response to a 1987 piece of legislation, which banned new restaurants in the Upper Fillmore neighborhood,” Farrell said. “Right now we have a number of vacant storefronts.”

Farrell said that as anxious as residents were for a ban in the 1980s, they are just excited about lifting that ban now.

“I have met with both the Fillmore Street Merchant Association and the Pacific Heights Residents Association,” he said. “I have the full support of both organizations. I have also met with a number of restaurateurs who are potentially looking at some open spaces.”

Restaurant bans have already been lifted on Union and Castro Street and 24th Street in Noe Valley.

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