The downstairs performance space in the antique and oddball shop Viracocha has long been an open secret among the San Francisco music community. And since the space didn't have the permits required of entertainment venues, it had to stay that way.
Now, to survive on rapidly changing Valencia Street, Viracocha is hoping to make its performance space legal -- and asking its supporters for help. The store's owners have applied for the legally required entertainment permit, and are hoping the support of fans will push Viracocha through the process at City Hall.
"Because of our wonderful community, we have never received a noise complaint, never had a show shut down, and have never had an emergency or serious injury in the building," Viracocha's owners wrote in a mass email on Sunday. "That's quite a track record! But, because of financial and operational challenges, we are in a position where we must "go legit or quit."
The permitting process will continue at a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, at City Hall Room 416. Viracocha's supporters can come to the hearing, sign this petition of support for Viracocha, and/or email a note to the Entertainment Commission explaining their position on the place and the entertainment permit. Of course, you can also visit the store at 998 Valencia -- it's open from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, but closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.