Opening a restaurant in SF is about to get a little easier

Opening a new restaurant in San Francisco may be tricky, but city officials are ready to help.

That’s the message from Mayor Ed Lee and other city leaders, who Thursday pledged to aid those looking to open small brick-and-mortar restaurants by guiding business owners through The City’s complex permitting process.

Specifically, the Small Business Acceleration Program will provide information about the process and requirements for obtaining permits, and coordinate city services to help navigate the opening of a restaurant or other food-based business, according to city officials.

“Small food and restaurant businesses…generate important employment opportunities and local character for San Francisco neighborhoods,” the mayor said in a statement. “The program is key in coordinating with other city services from various departments, [and] helping our small food businesses open their doors more easily and timely.”

The program comes after a City Controller’s report released in 2015 that explored the intricacies of the restaurant permitting process, and recommended a single point of contact for businesses to work on obtaining permits and licenses from city departments.

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