GOOD NEWS: We’ve been assigned a date from the SF Planning Department for our conditional use hearing before the SF Planning Commission for the new Bi-Rite on Divisadero. The date is Thursday, July 26th, room 400 at City Hall: 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, at 12 noon. We’d love your support at City Hall that day if at all possible; if you follow us on facebook and twitter, we’ll be sending updates once the agenda is posted about what time exactly our project will be discussed.
Having a group of neighbors and friends present and willing to share their support will help our efforts to get approval for our project so we can open as quickly as possible. If you can’t be there in person on July 26th, please consider sending a letter of support to the commissioners so we can include your voice. Please copy us on any correspondence if you can.
If you have any questions or concerns about the project, we would love to hear from you in advance of the hearing. We will be sharing our building plans for the new store at two upcoming neighborhood association meetings. You can catch us at the North of the Panhandle Neighborhood Association meeting at Café Oasis on July 19th at 7pm, and at the Alamo Square Neighborhood Association meeting at Chateau Tivoli on July 23rd at 7:00pm. Calvin and I (co-partners of Bi-Rite Divisadero) will be on hand to answer any questions you have.
Want us to present at another community meeting that we might not know about? Can’t make it to the meetings but have some thoughts to share? Let us know.
We’ve received a lot of questions and feedback from our fellow neighbors, business owners, non-profits, and community leaders about our opening – please, keep it coming. Your insights and suggestions are always welcome.
We’re especially looking forward to growing our community of staff, guests, and producers. We are excited to serve a new neighborhood and to growing our staff as we hire 50 new people (hopefully many that live close to the new store!). And with two stores, our producers—the farmers, ranchers, bakers and food artisans we support and whose products feed all of us—will have another market to sell their goods, which will help them to grow and sustain their businesses.
We hope to see you at the hearing on July 26th! And if not, see you in the neighborhood.