The Bay Area Reporter and Grub Street reported that George "Jorge" Maumer, owner of Superstar Video on Castro Street, will be opening a new restaurant called The Castro Sausage Grill below the Castro Country Club at 4058 18th Street pending Planning Commission approval. Maumer is currently in the process of liquidating Superstar Video to make way for the new tenants, the SF AIDS Foundation and Magnet.
He purchased the building that houses the sober gathering space last year and will continue to honor their lease while getting their upstairs location rezoned for nonresidential use. The restaurant will be located in the recently renovated garage space and also provide outdoor seating in the front driveway area. Maumer is seeking a liquor license for the restaurant, which some people found ironic with a sober gathering space located right above, but alcohol is easily accessible all over the Castro and if someone wanted it, they can easily walk 15 feet to the Mix or to the 7 Eleven down the street. The BAR reported that the Castro Country Club leaders told the Planning Commission they had no objection to the restaurant.
The Planning Commission will hold a vote on the proposed restaurant at its February 7th meeting.