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PlumpJackin': City Helps Out Restaurants By Encouraging Sidewalk Seating, Cutting Fees

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Between high health care fees and soaring rents, the costs of operating a restaurant in the city have been well-documented, but a new proposal by Supervisor Carmen Chu would ease some restaurant owners' costs while encouraging more sidewalk dining across our fair city:

The public works code currently requires businesses to pay more than $134 to buy or renew a permit. The new ordinance would cut the initial cost to $104 and the annual renewal cost to $52.

Sidewalk cafes are also required to pay an inspection fee per square foot of occupancy. That fee would go down almost $3 per foot if the ordinance were approved.

To be sure, it's a nice sentiment by new appointee Chu, whose parents own a restaurant in LA, but like every minute of the day, we can't help but think of Mayor/PlumpJack Emperor Gavin Newsom and his role in helping out his fellow restaurateurs. Should we look forward to some al fresco dining at PlumpJack Cafe this winter?
· Sidewalk dining in Chu's sights [Examiner]

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