C'mon, how many hole-in-the-wall eateries actually have enough parking? Go to any popular neighborhood joint and you'll find cars parked throughout the neighborhood. This smacks of municipal bullying.
SAN ANTONIO -- The owner of a controversial west side restaurant claims city officials are making excuses in not allowing his restaurant to reopen following their forced closure three weeks ago.
Las Mariposas, on the corner of Guadalupe and Trinity streets, has been closed after city officials revoked its certificate of occupancy because outdoor signage violated city codes.
The owner said city officials told him his restaurant is still not ready to open even after he made the initial repairs.
City officials said the eatery doesn't have enough parking, which is why they've revoked the owner's request twice already. [emphases added]
Although I do find it odd that in this story the owner of the restaurant is named as Fernando de Leon while in a previous story the owner was a woman named Marion Luna.
Strange, all around.
UPDATED, August 15, 2008: I made a mistake. Apparently Ferndando de Leon works for the city. The actual owner of the building seems to be a Benjamin Leal, and Miriam Luna leased the place and opened the restaurant.