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Tenderloin record store seeks license as full live performance venue

Tenderloin record shop RS94109, which specializes in techno and house records, is now seeking a license to host shows and live performances until 2 a.m.

Since opening the store in 2013, brothers Sohrab and Skander Harooni and their business partner Josh Woods have hosted DJ sets, heavy metal shows and EDM acts, including some late-night shows. But they’ve had to apply and pay for a separate permit each time, Woods told Hoodline.

The store's current limited live performance license requires the music to wind down before 11:00 p.m., which Sohrab Harooni says limits the number and type of artists interested in performing there.

“We’ve had the opportunity to host some great shows in a very intimate venue,” and having a full entertainment license will only increase those types of opportunities, he added.

$5 record bins at RS94109.

The store was initially pretty true to its name — RS stands for record store, and 94109 is the store’s zip code. But after some major renovations, the store re-opened in December 2016 with a new DJ booth and listening stations. It also has an in-store bar, serving Stanza coffee, tea, and beer.

The record store serves Stanza coffee and an assortment of beers.

Community members interested in showing their support for late-night shows at RS94109 can swing by the store to sign a petition in person, or sign one online. The deadline to sign is March 27th. 

The store’s application will be considered by the Entertainment Commission at a public hearing on April 2nd. Supporters can also attend the April hearing to voice their opinions in person. 

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