The history behind the SF law blocking a new North Beach El Farolito

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Popular San Francisco taqueria El Farolito was blocked from opening a new North Beach location by the San Francisco Planning Department, which enforces a ban on "formula retail."The city's planning code defines "formula retail" as businesses with 11 or more locations and standardized branding. Those businesses are prohibited from opening new locations in designated Neighborhood Commercial Districts (NCDs), such as North Beach. El Farolito currently has 12 locations across the Bay Area. “Given the code’s prohibition of formula retail uses in North Beach, this new El Farolito would not be allowed,” San Francisco Planning Department Chief of Staff Dan Sider wrote in an email to The San Francisco Chronicle (SFGATE and the San Francisco Chronicle are both owned by Hearst but operate independently of one another). Some San Francisco residents weren't thrilled by the news, nor was one elected official.
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