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Bi-Rite Market: So Far, No One's Objecting to Salted Caramel Ice Cream On Divisadero

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The Bi-Rite Market & Creamery will occupy the two buildings on the right, next door to NoPa Restaurant [Credit: Sf Planning Department]

Coming up on this week's Planning Commission agenda, a key step for the long-awaited Bi-Rite Market and Creamery at 550 Divisadero Street. The grocery was a key element in the revitalization of 18th Street in the Mission, becoming the local grocery mecca, and its proximity often gets mentioned in real estate listings. The Creamery, their ice cream stand, opened about six years ago diagonally across from that other mecca, Dolores Park, and often has lines of waiting customers. For good reason– they serve some of the best ice cream in town. As for the Planning Department, the owners need a Conditional Use Permit to connect and expand the two currently vacant (and shabby) buildings for a total of 7,350 square feet. They'll perk up the Art Deco storefront, which would get a vertical addition for offices set back from the street, and the VIctorian house next door, both of which are in a sorry state. As Haighteration points out, the new store will be triple the size of its 18th location, so small on somedays it requires a doorperson to control access, although the new store will include the creamery and other operations. Planning staff is recommending approval, and as of July 18, had not received any communications in opposition. We could be eating Salted Caramel ice cream on Divisadero Street some time in early 2013.
· Divisadero Bi-Rite Store Hours, Space Details Emerge [Haighteration]