The Chronicle reports that La Rondalla’s new owners, Betty and Luna Barrios, are closer to reopening the family-run restaurant, which was closed by city health inspectors in 2007. The Barrios sisters have been working on renovations since last year, when Mission Local met with them.

Although a reopening date has not been set, the Planning Commission approved the restaurant’s live music permit last week. From the Chronicle:

Allowing the restaurant to provide the mariachi music it once was known for “will enable the restaurant to recapture an important cultural and historic element of the Mission neighborhood,” planners wrote in recommending approval.

“Music has always been part of the restaurant,” said Betty Barrios, who with her sister Luna, will take over the restaurant founded by their grandparents more than 50 years ago. “It just wouldn’t be the same without live music.”

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Hélène Goupil is a former editor at Mission Local who now works independently as a videographer and editor. She's the co-author of "San Francisco: The Unknown City" (Arsenal Pulp Press).

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