gaveldecision.jpgThe San Francisco Board of Supervisors today approved lifting a ban on new restaurants in the city’s Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood.

In a unanimous 8-0 vote, the board agreed to end a ban instituted in 1987 on new restaurants built on the Fillmore Street corridor between Jackson and Bush streets.

Supervisor Mark Farrell, whose District 2 encompasses the neighborhood, introduced the legislation, which he said will “revitalize this area.”

The ban was enacted nearly 25 years ago as “a neighborhood response to a lot of restaurants at the time,” Farrell said.

But the ban, combined with the recent economic recession, has left several storefronts empty in the area, he said.

A number of restaurateurs have already reached out to Farrell to say they are interested in moving into the area once the ban is officially lifted, he said.

The ban will be lifted when the board finalizes the passing of the legislation at next Tuesday’s meeting, he said.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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