"In the meantime, we have a new Taco Bell in the middle of a city that’s notoriously chain-adverse."
A location in San Francisco may have been a tactical error, however, as the city is pushing back on the Cantina’s application for a liquor license, crushing any hopes of a wine pairing with your Chalupa, at least so far. Neighbors are concerned about the potential for increased noise, vagrancy and underage drinking, and more than 200 have filed complaints during the mandated 30-day window for comment. (For perspective, Lt. David Falzon, the San Francisco Police Department’s liaison with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, says that 10 complaints are generally considered a lot; 200 is “borderline unprecedented.”)
The drama didn’t stop there. The SFPD already had its own concerns about the neighborhood’s high crime and saturation of alcohol licenses, as well as the potential for copycat applications — like a sudden urge to sell beer from the McDonald’s across the street. It recommended that Cantina be denied its beer and wine license application. The ABC then conducted its own investigation and recommended approval with some conditions, including noise management and reduced hours. An administrative hearing on May 25 will probably resolve the question of alcoholic slushies once and for all.