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.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 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.
· Sidewalk dining in Chu's sights [Examiner]