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By C.W Nevius

Castro District San FranciscoIke's Place, the wildly popular sandwich shop in the Castro District San Francisco, has hit on its best business promotion ever - eviction.

Facing a perfect storm of sandwich litigation - a 9:30 a.m. court appearance at Superior Court today and a possible eviction at 6:01 a.m. Wednesday - everyone seems to want to get their final secret sauce fix. More than 100 people were in line at 1 p.m. Monday, and owner Ike Shehadeh says they served a record 1,500 customers on Sunday. The Castro is more crowded than ever.

"It's still raining people," he said Monday. "I know we've said before that we don't block the sidewalk, but today we are." Some Castro renters and homeowners aren't impressed.

Some neighbors have complained that Ike's, which operates out of a tiny storefront on 16th Street, in the Castro has so many customers that it creates noise, litter and cooking smells. Other neighbors, and some local business owners, have supported it.

Shehadeh is hoping an army of supporters will turn out this morning as Superior Court Judge Peter Busch considers issuing a stay to the order of eviction. If Busch rules against Ike's, there will be one last day of sandwiches, and then Shehadeh says he will meet sheriff's officers at the front door early Wednesday to hand over the keys for good.

C.W. Nevius' column appears Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. E-mail him at

This article appeared on page C - 2 of the San Francisco Chronicle.