Since we know you wanted to hear more about Ike's Place today, we thought we'd fill in a bit more color on his new shop, slated to enter the Joseph Schmidt Confections Shop space in January. On a phone call this morning, Ike described what sounds very much like a new and improved Ike's Place 16th Street. Streamlined operations should address the main issues that got the NIMBYs all pissed before: 1) the stinky bacon smell and 2) the ridiculous line.
A specially made TurboChef hybrid oven conveyor belt (the same one used by Ike's Redwood Shores and Stanford locations) will bump sandwich-making time from 11 minutes to three minutes. And indoor space for 48-feet of line, coupled with an indoor waiting area will keep more people off the sidewalk. Right now, Ike is waiting for the permit so that he can install the ventilation hood, after which he'll be up and running in a matter of days. This could happen as soon as January 13th or as late as February 1, depending how quick the permit gods work during the holidays. Meanwhile, Ike's last agreed upon day at Lime is the 31st of December and the SF State shop won't be opening until January 25th. So there's a chance San Francisco may be Ike-less for a small window of time in January. Ike is currently in talks with the Lime folks to see if he can extend his agreement through January and, of course, we'll let you know if there's any further reason to freak out about the situation.
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