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Squat and Gobble Squabbling Over Parklet Rules

A tank-topped patron fetching his own salad.
A tank-topped patron fetching his own salad. Photo: David Paul Morris/Chron

So, the City granted its first permit to a restaurant for one of those parking space parklet things to Squat and Gobble in the Castro, but the rules for such parklets clearly state that table service isn’t allowed. Squat and Gobble is obeying, and technically allowing any non-patron member of the public to sit at their parklet tables. Predictably, the Chron’s resident “this-really-grinds-my-gears” columnist Chuck Nevius takes on the controversy, saying “everyone is a little bit to blame” for the weirdness of the situation — people on one side of the sidewalk, just outside the restaurant, may have their food delivered, then there’s a “demilitarized zone” down the center of the sidewalk, and at the parklet tables, everyone must fetch their food themselves. Owner Issa Sweiden says, “it would be nice if his waiters would clear off the tables in the parklet,” but that’s not allowed either. Something tells us they’re doing it anyway. [Chron]

Squat and Gobble Squabbling Over Parklet Rules