Monday brought the opening of two highly anticipated Castro businesses. Réveille Coffee on 18th Street near the Mix and Gyro Xpress at the high turnover location on 18th and Castro formerly known as K*Pop. Scouting around the Castro we found a few more business items of note.
Health smoothies below Fitness SF
Real estate office at Industrialists spot
Beauty shop closing
L'Occitane at 556 Castro Street is set to close by the end of the month according to an anonymous source from a local merchants association. If the beauty shop does close it will be the second beauty shop in the Castro to close since the beginning of the new year following The Body Shop.
Hamburger Mary's at Patio Cafe spot?
A reader kindly linked us to a PDF from the SF Planning Department which is a response to a request from Les Natali, owner of the Toad Hall and Badlands, to find out if he can open a Hamburger Mary's in his defunct/perpetually vacant Patio Cafe space (531 Castro Street). The Planning Department let Natali know that he would need to file a Conditional Use Authorization as a Hamburger Mary's franchise location would be considered "formula retail." The letter of determination doesn't confirm that the restaurant is going to happen, merely that Natali is considering it and finding out from the city what would be required of him. We'll follow this. Thanks to Biscuit tipster Brian W.!