Legacy Business

In 2017, DNA Lounge was granted the status of "Legacy Business" by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and Small Business Commission. This is the narrative portion of our application to the program. It provides a history of our first thirty-two years!

Section 4: Written Historical Narrative

a. Provide a short history of the business from the date the business opened in San Francisco to the present day, including the ownership history.

b. Describe any circumstances that required the business to cease operations in San Francisco for more than six months.

c. Is the business a family-owned business? If so, give the generational history of the business.

d. Describe the ownership history when the business ownership is not the original owner or a family-owned business.

e. When the current ownership is not the original owner and has owned the business for less than 30 years, the applicant will need to provide documentation of the existence of the business prior to current ownership to verify it has been in operation for 30+ years. Please use the list of supplemental documents and/or materials as a guide to help demonstrate the existence of the business prior to current ownership.

f. Note any other special features of the business location, such as, if the property associated with the business is listed on a local, state, or federal historic resources registry.

CRITERION 2

a. Describe the business's contribution to the history and/or identity of the neighborhood, community or San Francisco.

b. Is the business (or has been) associated with significant events in the neighborhood, the city, or the business industry?

c. Has the business ever been referenced in an historical context? Such as in a business trade publication, media, or historical documents?

d. Is the business associated with a significant or historical person?

e. How does the business demonstrate its commitment to the community?

f. Provide a description of the community the business serves.

g. Is the business associated with a culturally significant building/structure/site/object/interior?

h. How would the community be diminished if the business were to be sold, relocated, shut down, etc.?

CRITERION 3

a. Describe the business and the essential features that define its character.

b. How does the business demonstrate a commitment to maintaining the historical traditions that define the business, and which of these traditions should not be changed in order to retain the businesses historical character? (e.g., business model, goods and services, craft, culinary, or art forms)

c. How has the business demonstrated a commitment to maintaining the special physical features that define the business? Describe any special exterior and interior physical characteristics of the space occupied by the business (e.g. signage, murals, architectural details, neon signs, etc.)

d. When the current ownership is not the original owner and has owned the business for less than 30years; the applicant will need to provide documentation that demonstrates the current owner has maintained the physical features or traditions that define the business, including craft, culinary, or art forms. Please use the list of supplemental documents and/or materials as a guide to help demonstrate the existence of the business prior to current ownership.

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