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SF restaurants to get 1st new liquor licenses in 77 years
San Francisco Chronicle; San Francisco, CA
October 20, 2016

By Emily Green

When Teresa Goines opened Old Skool Cafe in the Bayview in 2012 she wanted to sell liquor. The jazz-themed restaurant employs at-risk youth, and Goines thought liquor sales would help the struggling restaurant become profitable.

A first-time restaurateur, she was shocked to learn the cost of buying a full liquor license: around $300,000. It was “way too expensive,” said Goines. She abandoned the idea and sells beer and wine.

Goines’ experience isn’t unique in the Bayview, a historically blue-collar, African American neighborhood that has seen a modest influx of new housing and retail in recent years. Not a single restaurant on its Third Street commercial corridor has a liquor license, according to the city. That could change...  Read More