There's an update on Ike's Place and owner Ike Shehadeh's fight to stay put despite upstairs neighbors trying to force him out and the recent revelation that he never really had the right permit to operate a sandwich shop on those premises in the first place. The validity of the new claim about the permit (or why this issue wasn't discovered or enforced a long time ago) notwithstanding, Ike remains confident about his position, appealing his eviction (scheduled for Aug. 26) and telling Chuck Nevius "In the end we will be cleared and everyone will look back and see what a waste of time and money it was." Meanwhile, the Castro is going to become a restaurant free-for-all, so that may help Ike to relocate.
And this isn't exactly a NIMBY issue so much as an angry neighbor issue: Please turn your attention to the Weekly and their report on the ADA compliance lawsuit against tiny 16th Street empanada shop Chile Lindo. Today, the Weekly reports that the place has closed, lest the tenant cost the landlord "at least $1,000 every time the plaintiff is denied entry to her empanada shop, which has a six-inch step."
Meanwhile, across the country, Nancy Pelosi gets dragged in to discussing the plans for the mosque near Ground Zero, which we mentioned in an earlier NIMBY Watch and which has since made many national headlines. Says Nancy to KCBS radio, after she's questioned on the topic during what she thought was a discussion about Treasure Island redevelopment, "How is this being ginned up that here we are talking about Treasure Island, something we’ve been working on for decades, something of great interest to our community as we go forward to an election about the future of our country and two of the first three questions are about a zoning issue in New York City. [via Examiner] UPDATE: Nancy's also now calling for an investigation into the mosque's financing. [Gothamist] And apparently Muslim leaders in New York are looking to abandon that location amid the controversy, and are going to announce something to that effect soon. [NY Mag]