And “Patio” for All?
The seemingly never-ending saga that is the Patio Cafe’s alleged redevelopment continues… Last week, I came across 2 guys at the corner of 18th & Castro drumming up petition signatures as a demonstration of ‘community support’. Their outward goal: to show that the neighborhood wants that space alive again. (Phrased like that, who wouldn’t, eh?) Initially, I was confused and assumed it was to specifically combat the latest tug in the war regarding its permit status. Apparently not. Whatever your personal feelings regarding [Castro land baron] Les Natali are – and trust me, people have strong ones – or his foes for that matter, the fact that this formerly beloved space has been shuttered and essentially abandoned for 6 years is preposterous. If history’s a guide, tomorrow’s Board of Appeals hearing should be every bit the spectacle befitting what’s preceded it.