The state agency in charge of distributing liquor licenses has denied Mission Cheese’s request to serve beer and wine past 8 p.m., the business owner said.
Owner Sarah Dvorak told us in an email:
Our current beer & wine permit only allows us to serve until 8 pm. We had to wait one year from the date our license was granted to apply to amend our hours. We want to stay open until 10, at least on Friday & Saturday evenings. We are constantly turning away disappointed potential customers when we close at 8. Some even think we’re joking when we say we are closed.
Last week we were visited by the SFPD who told us they were happy to have us in the neighborhood & should have no trouble getting the extra hours. Today I received a call that they will be denying our request because one individual in the 100 ft radius believes our business to be disruptive as is. Apparently one person is enough to deny the request.
We are not withdrawing our request & we plan to have hearing where a judge will officially decide whether or not we can stay open until 10. If he denies our request, we have to wait another year to reapply.
We thought with all the liquor licenses being granted these days that our request was pretty minor. Aye.
Update: Justin Gebb, of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control said it was not just a single objection that led to the denial of extension.
Mission Cheese was restricted by the department from opening past 8 p.m. because there are residents located within 100 feet, there are consideration points, such as schools and churches near, the operation of an outside patio, and because the premise is within a high crime census track.
At least three of those factors have not changed, which is what lead to the denial.
Gebb added that the business can go before the judge — like many businesses in San Francisco do — who will re-examine the conditions and can make and can determine whether or not to grant an exception to her restaurant.