Mission bowling alley, the Roxie obtain right to serve alcohol in San Francisco

A planned bowling alley in the Mission along with the long-standing Roxie Theater were granted the right to begin selling alcohol on Tuesday after the Board of Supervisors approved legislation providing  exceptions to the area’s restrictions on alcohol.

The Mission Alcohol Special Use District was established in 1996 and prohibits new establishments from selling or serving alcohol within the boundaries of Guerrero Street, San Jose Avenue, Randall Street, Mission Street, Cesar Chavez Street, Potrero Avenue and Fourteenth Street.

Supervisor Jane Kim, who proposed the legislation, said the bowling alley and the Roxie Theater are the exact types of businesses The City should “encourage here in San Francisco.” The proposal was initially made for the bowling alley proposal but then expanded to include movie theaters. The Roxie is a nonprofit theater that is “looking into selling beer and wine to help augment some of their revenue. Many of our movie theaters here in San Francisco have been struggling,” Kim said.

Supervisor Scott Wiener, who supported the legislation, said The City should look into doing away with the restrictions all together.

“This is a good first step. The Mission Alcohol Special Use District has outlived its usefulness. It’s hindrance on entertainment, on creating new businesses and should be repealed in its entirety,” Wiener said. He said the restrictions were “put in place in the 1990s to address alcohol blight in the Mission. It was a very well-intentioned ordinance. It freezes in place some real bad uses like package liquor stores that create blight in neighborhoods while preventing new businesses, interesting businesses from coming in and actually improving the neighborhood.”

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