Noe Valley green zone is for loading up on caffeine

Some people just can’t wait for that first cup of coffee in the morning.

InNoe Valley, one Duncan Street café, Martha & Brothers Coffee Company, is so popular with patrons that city officials have created a one-of-a-kind special parking zone in an effort to combat chronic double parking by caffeine addicts rushing to get their fix.

“They’re double-parked all down Duncan,” said resident Janet Mendoza, who lives two doors down from the popular café. “You can’t squeeze through.”

Store manager Ivonne Mariel said the crowds start as early as 6 a.m. and continue nonstop until 9 a.m.

Patron Don McCunn said he’s been visiting Martha & Brothers for five or six years, using the coffee shop as his motivation to take a daily walk. Sitting outside, as he does each morning, McCunn said the double-crush of cars is something everyone just accepts, including the meter maids.

“Most of the time, I’ve seen if they’re going to give a ticket, they give a honk first,” McCunn said. “It’s a nice community.”

Nonetheless, frustrated neighbors asked District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty if something could be done.

After consulting with The City’s traffic engineering and parking enforcement officials, Dufty drafted a resolution that will grant the coffee shop a new three-car green loading zone that would allow the coffee crowd to park for 10 minutes just during the morning hours.

“This will be combined with enforcement so that we get better behavior,” Dufty said. “It is disconcerting to have to run into Martha Brothers and holler for someone to move their car.”

No other coffee shop in San Francisco is given similar parking privileges, said Tom Folks, senior transportation engineer for The City, but this particular café has a surprising amount of “beehivelike activity” in the mornings, he added.

Mendoza and other residents said putting in the new loading zones would mean fewer spaces for parking.

“It’s already hard enough to park here,” Mendoza said.

Folks said if the new loading zone creates new problems, changes can be made easily.

beslinger@examiner.comBay Area NewsLocal

Just Posted

Cabernet sauvignon grapes sat in a container after being crushed at Smith-Madrone Winery in St. Helena. (Courtesy Smith-Madrone Winery)
San Francisco’s ‘Champagne problems’ — Wine industry suffers supply chain woes

‘Everywhere you turn, things that were easy are no longer easy’

Glasses behind the bar at LUNA in the Mission District on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Glassware is just one of the many things restaurants have had trouble keeping in stock as supply chain problems ripple outward. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
SF restaurants face product shortages and skyrocketing costs

‘The supply chain crisis has impacted us in almost every way imaginable’

A Giants fans hangs his head in disbelief after the Dodgers won the NLDS in a controversial finish to a tight Game 5. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
Giants dream season ends at the hands of the Dodgers, 2-1

A masterful game comes down to the bottom of the ninth, and San Francisco came up short

<strong>Workers with Urban Alchemy and the Downtown Streets Team clean at Seventh and Market streets on Oct. 12. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins> </strong>
<ins></ins>
Why is it so hard to keep San Francisco’s streets clean?

Some blame bureaucracy, others say it’s the residents’ fault

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi — seen in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday — touted Congressional Democrats’ infrastructure bill in San Francisco on Thursday. (Stefani Reynolds/The New York Times)
Pelosi touts infrastructure bill as it nears finish line

Climate change, social safety net among major priorities of Democrats’ 10-year funding measure

Most Read