After the first time the City shut down last year in March in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, it became apparent that restaurants, bars and clubs would not be opening up again anytime soon. People were losing jobs as small businesses struggled.
Supervisor Connie Chan will introduce legislation to expand the Legacy Business Program and create a second tier of small businesses known as Neighborhood Anchor Businesses.
The Balboa Street corridor features a variety of restaurants offering take-out and delivery, as well as parklets for eating outside. In addition, specialty shops and cafes abound.
Nothing about 2020 has been typical, but brothers Saadi and Adar Halil, the co-owners and founders of Hometown Creamery, have stayed optimistic. They have also managed to stay open during the most challenging circumstances for small businesses in memory.
According to the SFMTA website, “Shared Spaces allows merchants to use sidewalks, full or partial streets, and other nearby public spaces like parks, parking lots and plazas for restaurant pick-up and other neighborhood retail activities.”
Parklets and “shared spaces” are popping up like mushrooms on the streets in front of restaurants, diners and other services throughout the Richmond District as businesses struggle to recover from the pandemic’s economic chaos.
I will get right to the point: local businesses need our help!
The Hockey Haven has operated continuously for more than 70 years, up until the past few months of shelter in place. They are one of the many small businesses in the Richmond District that have been impacted by the pandemic.
San Francisco restaurants started serving customers at outdoor tables on June 15 after three months of being restricted to take-out and delivery to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Roberta Mindich-Fink and Jesse Fink remember so many people who have come through the doors of Toy Boat Dessert Cafe, at the corner of Clement Street and Fifth Avenue, that it is hard to recall all of them at once.
While businesses in the Richmond District are facing tremendous challenges due to the shutdown to avoid the spread of the coronavirus, there are also glimmers of hope.
Our merchants provide the products and services we need to live good and fulfilling lives. They are the lifeblood of our community.
Over the coming weeks and months, there will be additional adjustments to the Stay Home Health Order that will allow us to regain some sense of normalcy.
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In the Sunset District, the degree to which local businesses are being affected varies based on when they were forced to close and their ability to maintain other ways to generate income. But they are all struggling to support their employees and their customers and await an uncertain future if and when they reopen.