Stable Café owner, Thomas Lackey, openly expresses his irritation with city repairs in his business.

The Stable Café is still recuperating from floods that inundated the Folsom Street property twice this year — once on April 12 and again on Dec. 2. The hardest thing to deal with hasn’t been the flooding itself, however, but the inconsistent hours of the city workers making repairs.

“People are here every day demolishing, building, rebuilding, painting, and we have to accommodate to them and it’s hard not to be able to tell our clients what’s going on,” said Stable Café owner Thomas Lackey. “They’re different every day,” he said of the work hours for city employees repairing the damage.

Lackey has had to adjust his business hours depending on the type of work going on. The water department is currently working on the plumbing and sewage.

“I’m really irritated,” he said.

He feels that the city has neglected to help the Mission and does not respect the neighborhood because of its troubled past.

“There is such a diverse community [here], and it’s not fair,” he said.

The flooding not only interrupts business but may affect the health of business owners and residents.

“Of course one customer, she’s a regular and comes in with her daughter and says very sweetly, can I put her on the floor? Is it safe? It’s safe, yes it’s safe, but it’s a question you can’t really fight,” said Lackey.

Mission Local previously reported on the consequences of flooding and sewage overflow on Folsom Street.

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  1. Hilarious that Stable is complaining about “inconsistent hours” When they opened up, my friends all called them un-Stable as they were open random hours and days for almost a year till things smoothed out. I boycotted them for almost a year as I got tired of walking over only to find them shuttered random days and hours.

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  2. The city is not neglecting you newcomer, most of the Mission before it was developed was marsh land, Dolores Park was a lagoon. Where the Stable Cafe is located is most likely barely above sea level. Your not a victim your not being discriminated against because the neighborhood has a historically criminal reputation, that would apply to most SF hood’s read some history “homes”.

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