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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. 

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Rigoberto Hernandez

Rigoberto Hernandez is a journalism student at San Francisco State University. He has interned at The Oregonian and The Orange County Register, but prefers to report on the Mission District. In his spare time he can be found riding his bike around the city, going to Giants games and admiring the Stable building.

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  1. 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.

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