Entertainment Commission giving SF venue Café Cocomo one last chance

Owners of Café Cocomo have one more shot to keep the noise from their venue under control if they want to continue offering music.

At an Entertainment Commission meeting Tuesday, President John Newlin said this will be the last time they get a permit to host an outside event if complaints are not addressed.

“If this blows up, you’re not going to see much cooperation coming out of me,” he said. “You’re setting your own future with how you handle this.”

Café Cocomo needed a special hearing on the outdoor permit because the venue, located at 650 Indiana St., has a history of noise complaints, including some as recently as this year’s Fourth of July weekend.

General Manager Rhush Wanigatunga said the event in question is a different type of event that would feature salsa and Latin-inspired music, not the bass from DJs that provided much of the noise that fuels complaints from

“This event is much smaller,” he said. “With those events, we bring in house DJs and it’s a constant battle with them to control the noise by the end of the night.”

The event is scheduled for Aug. 28, a Sunday. The outdoor permit would allow music on the patio from noon until 8 p.m., and then the party would move inside, Wanigatunga said.

Neighbor Mark Infield said interaction with the owners and managers has not been positive and he doesn’t see the venue changing to meet neighborhood needs anytime soon.

“It’s a business,” Infield said. “I get that. But the problem is they have no history or connection with the neighborhood.”

The venue also has had multiple incidents of violence. In April, a man was stabbed while trying to break up a fight that occurred outside the club. The man and several involved in the fight were sent to the hospital.

And in October, another fight led to a shooting that sent one person to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Café Cocomo was placed on a commission “watch list” in November, along with seven other clubs that have had a high number of incidents of violence.


Bay Area NewsEntertainment CommissionLocalneighborhoodsSan Francisco

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

A health care worker receives one of the first COVID-19 vaccine doses at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital on Tuesday Dec. 15, 2020. (Courtesy SFgov)
SF to open three large sites for COVID-19 vaccinations

Breed: ‘We need more doses. We are asking for more doses’

San Jose Sharks (pictured Feb. 15, 2020 vs. Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center) open the season on Monday against the St. Louis Blues in St. Louis. (Tribune News Service archive)
This week in Bay Area sports

A look at the upcoming major Bay Area sports events (schedules subject… Continue reading

Tongo Eisen-Martin, a Bernal Heights resident, named San Francisco’s eighth poet laureate. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Tongo Eisen-Martin becomes San Francisco’s eighth poet laureate

Bernal Heights resident Tongo Eisen-Martin has become San Francisco’s eighth poet laureate.… Continue reading

Homeless people's tents can be seen on Golden Gate Avenue in the Tenderloin on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 16, 2020. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/S.F. Examiner)
Statewide business tax could bring new funds to combat homelessness

San Francisco could get more than $100 million a year for housing, rental assistance, shelter beds

The Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco (a mural by artist Jamie Treacy is pictued) has a lineup of free online programming including activities for youngsters scheduled for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 18. (Courtesy Demetri Broxton/Museum of the African Diaspora)
Stanford, Museum of the African Diaspora host MLK Day activities

Online offerings include films, music, discussion

Most Read