A new ice cream shop is slated for Polk Street in a space once occupied by… Nothing. It’s not often a restaurant opens in a brand new building, the ground-floor retail tenant for the still-shiny development at 990 Polk Street will be a coffee shop and ice cream parlor. Owner Kinani Ahmed told Grub Street that the plan for the tentatively named Jebana is to have a “modern cofee shop and lounge on one side, and ice cream on the other.” The rest of the Citizens Housing Corp building houses low-income senior citizens, so there’s a good chance that whatever opens on the ground floor will become their hangout. This could mean the kiss of death to a would-be hipster bar, but in an ice cream shop it could be just right. If they hire from within and get some sweet old lady dishing up the scoops and grandmotherly wisdom, we are there. Ahmed, who also owns the Nile Cafe and Hookah Lounge on Jones Street, said he’s hoping to open in about two months. There probably won’t be smoking in the Polk Street shop, though.
Ice cream sundaes for Polk Street seniors [SF Examiner]