Controversial Burger King Closes

A controversial Burger King on Ninth Avenue in the Inner Sunset District has closed its doors.

The Burger King, located at 1325 Ninth Avenue, was sneaked into the neighborhood without public notifications, critics said.

Because the restaurant was slightly less than 1,000 square feet in size, it avoided the Conditional Use Permit process at the SF Planning Commission. If the commission had heard the case, residents would have had an opportunity to comment, and possibly influence the decision to allow the restaurant to open.

Some neighborhood residents, including Harry Pariser, started a boycott of the business right after it opened.

Pariser put a sign in the window of his apartment, located above the Burger King, extolling potential customers to go elsewhere. He said the restaurant was inappropriate for the neighborhood and that its greasy fumes stunk up his apartment.

The restaurant was opened by Eddie Szeto, who opened up several locations in the City, including two in the Richmond District, using the same provision in the Planning Code.

A new restaurant, Good Earth Cuisine, has opened at the site of the former Burger King.