At the same event, the San Diego City Council will announce a regulation rollback that will allow local restaurants to add sidewalk cafés. San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria, Councilwoman Lorie Zapf and Councilman Kevin Faulconer are slated to attend the event Thursday.
The restaurant industry is the largest contributor of taxable retail sales in the City of San Diego, with every dollar spent in restaurants creating an additional $0.63 spent in the greater San Diego economy.
“We look forward to continuing our work with city leaders in finding ways to streamline the regulatory process for restaurants and other small businesses,” said Brigantine Family of Restaurants President Mike Morton Jr., who also heads the CRA San Diego County chapter.
Current city regulations require restaurant owners to pay as much as $12,000 in city fees to add outdoor dining, on top of construction costs, making the venture cost-prohibitive for many small businesses. Restaurant industry leaders have worked to produce a proposal for ways cut the bureaucratic red tape that has made operating a restaurant in San Diego more challenging than necessary.
Steven Yeng, owner of OB Noodle House is one such operator who would be affected by restructuring how sidewalk cafes are permitted and processed.
“As we looked into expanding an outdoor dining space, it was immediately evident that the process was cumbersome and costly,” Yeng said, noting that he recently joined the CRA as he became better aware of this and other regulatory issues that could be improved through collaborative development. “It’s important for restaurant owners to work together and speak with a unified voice, knowing that the city is open and willing to work together.”
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