Ike’s to Be Reborn, Back on 16th Street, With City’s Blessing

Ike holding up one of his
Ike holding up one of his “Free Ike” t-shirts back in July. Photo: Scott James/Bay Citizen

Embattled sandwich-monger Ike Shehadeh, who became a victim of his own success earlier this year as he was evicted from his tiny space at 16th and Sanchez after pissing off some upstairs neighbors (and failing to get a proper permit to do what he was doing), was vindicated by a unanimous vote of the Planning Commission today to approve Ike’s Place’s move across the street into the former Joseph Schmidt chocolate shop at 3489 16th Street. Any NIMBY neighbors who showed up to fight this time were not convincing enough in their fears, and Ike should be moving his temporary operation out of Lime within weeks. The new digs may not seem a whole ton larger than the old ones, but Ike promises to keep his lines inside, with some zig-zag ropes. And apparently the new shop is seven times the size of the old one, which was like three square feet, but still.

Eater alerts us to the tweet Ike sent out earlier, after the victorious Planning vote. And according to Ike’s earlier report, when he put in the application for the change of use, he hopes to move into the new space by January 2.

In related news, there’s going to be another Ike’s Place outpost in the city, over at S.F. State in the Cesar Chavez Student Center, as of the end of January.

Ike’s Place Wins Unanimous Approval For Return To 16th St. [Eater]
Earlier: Ike’s Place (Possibly) Relocating Once Again, Just Up the Street From Old Location [Grub Street]
BREAKING: Ike’s Is Reborn in the Castro, at Lime [Grub Street]
City Now Trying to Screw Over Ike’s Place [Grub Street]

Ike’s to Be Reborn, Back on 16th Street, With City’s Blessing