The story behind San Francisco’s law blocking a new North Beach El Farolito
Popular San Francisco taqueria El Farolito has been barred from opening a new location in North Beach by the San Francisco Planning Department, which enforces a “formula retail” ban.
The city planning code defines “retail formula” as businesses with 11 or more locations and a standardized brand image. These businesses are prohibited from opening new locations in designated Neighborhood Business Districts (NCDs), such as North Beach. El Farolito currently has 12 locations in the Bay Area.