Rooftop Bar Okay, but City Pulls Plug on Music

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After more than two and half years, Medjool’s rooftop bar, which had been operating illegally since at least 2005, has been approved by the Planning Commission.

The 5-1 vote this afternoon came with dozens of conditions for Medjool, a Mediterranean restaurant owned by the politically-connected Gus Murad. Among the conditions, a reduced space and no more parties with live music.

However, the conflict between Murad and the Buddhist Center behind the restaurant is not yet over. Commission president Christina Olague said she expects the conditional use permit to be appealed and asked that the two parties continue to talk. She said they should develop a more amicable relationship.

The meeting was attended by dozens of supporters on each side. Comissioner Kathrin Moore was the sole dissenting vote.

More updates later. 

5 Comments

  1. marco

    Are there any penalties for operating an illegal rooftop bar for several years?

  2. SimonSays

    Classic. Oh and don’t these guys operate during opposite hours? C’mon you f’ing NIMBYs!

  3. Rick

    I’ve been there and it’s great to sit on the roof. Who needs the music. Let it go.

  4. themissionman

    Just my personal experience, but I live about 30 yards from this place (21st and Mission). It is a welcome addition. It livens up the neighborhood, it keeps crime down because it increases a presence of people on the block. The music brings life to the night. And I don’t even go to the place, not my scene. But I would be VERY sad to see it go.

  5. red

    Watched some of this on cable access, SF Nimby’s are the whiny worst.

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