Former Doggie Diner set for demolition
According to a notice posted on the building, which most recently housed the Carousel Diner restaurant, the San Francisco Planning Department will approve the demolition unless it receives a request for a hearing by July 8.
Although the Carousel site may be best known as the former location of a Doggie Diner restaurant, the icon of that defunct burger chain — the head of a giant dachshund wearing a chef’s toque and a polka-dotted bow tie — no longer occupies the northwest corner of Sloat and 46th Avenue, as it did for many years even when the Doggie Diner itself had closed.
Instead, the Doggie Diner head now is designated as San Francisco City Landmark No. 254 and gazes out to sea from atop a metal pole in the median of Sloat Boulevard at 45th Avenue, near the San Francisco Zoo and the Java Beach at the Zoo cafe.
The head crashed to the street in a windy storm on the eve of April Fool’s Day 2003 when its old, rusted pole outside the Carousel Diner broke. But pressure from the community, including from Diana Scott and Joel Schechter of the Ocean Beach Historical Society, persuaded the City to repair the doggie’s mangled snout and mildewed finish. The City eventually moved the doggie head to its current location in early 2005.
According to the Planning Department notice posted on the Carousel building, the building would be torn down and the site repaved. Sloat Garden Center’s outdoor sales area is planned to increase from 1,724 square feet to 3,508 square feet.
Any request for a hearing on the permit would fall under the Planning Commission’s power of discretionary review. Discretionary review allows the commission to make certain exceptions to planning rules if commission members determine that doing so would be in the public interest.
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