Giardano Bros. restaurant set to open in Union Street

The City’s second Giardano Bros. restaurant was approved Thursday to open in the Marina district.

The proprietors operate a similar establishment in the North Beach neighborhood.

Scores of Marina district residents railed against the proposal during a Planning Commission hearing Thursday. They characterized the planned restaurant, which will sell beer and wine and include televisions, as a sports bar that will fill with rowdy, drunken patrons.

Other neighbors said the establishment will help bring life to the flailing Union Street commercial corridor, which is filled with vacant storefronts.

The restaurant is planned to open in the ground floor at 1784 Union Street, near Octavia Street, which was vacated by an antique store in 2005.

The opening will follow a trend in The City that is seeing eateries opening in spaces vacated by recently-failed retail ventures.

Planning commissioners unanimously approved the new restaurant opening.

“I do not consider it a sports bar,” commission chairman Ron Miguel said.

Miguel praised the proprietors because their North Beach facility has not been the subject of complaints to police.

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