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Haight Street Gelato On The Bubble As City Sets Permit Compliance Deadline

Haight Street Gelato, the new gelato shop that recently opened at 1782 Haight St., has until the end of the day today to file an application for a restaurant license, which the city says it did not obtain before opening its doors.

The deadline comes after a formal complaint made to the city's planning and health departments on April 18th, by a neighboring business owner who requested anonymity. As of April 22nd, according to city records, Haight Street Gelato was placed under a "review" hold.

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Following the announcement three weeks ago that Haight Street Gelato was serving food without a restaurant license, the city's planning and health departments did a store walk-through with District 5 Supervisor London Breed to verify the complaint and address the situation.

"The operator has agreed to submit the required permit/plans for Limited Restaurant with 312 [neighborhood notification] by today," said Samantha Roxas, an aide to Breed. "If we don't receive such application, we will issue notice of violation next week."

If filed, the 312 paperwork would allow the gelato shop to begin navigating its way through the maze of neighborhood approval, a 30 day review period, and acquiring proper food service permits—all of which are intended to be done before the doors are opened. 

Asked this afternoon whether Haight Street Gelato planned to file an application in time for the deadline, Bruno Martin, who is listed as the shop's owner of record, responded that "Unfortunately, I'm not able to talk about that at this time." 

Things appeared normal today at the shop, with a full roster of gelato available and a pair of Belgian waffle irons cooling in the background. Racks were stocked with dry goods, and a chalkboard advertised soups and sandwiches.

Martin said the ultimate decision lay with his co-owners. "I'm just one of the investors," he said.

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