All Marc Michieli wants for Christmas is for county officials to give him the green light open a take-out hot dog stand on Castro Valley Boulevard.
At the moment, however, the 50-year-old San Leandro native is mired in red tape that revolves around the seemingly simple phrase "take out" food.
Michieli who has lived in Castro Valley for the last 15 years, recently discovered to his chagrin that an element of the county business plan for the Boulevard prohibits take out food joints where he wants to open Muzo's Grill to sell hot dogs and sausage links.
It's a mess, as Patch explains in a story about the situation: Michieli says a county official initially okayed the project; he spent thousands of dollars to open Muzo's Grill; then he ran into the no-take-out-food rule and got shut down.
Michieli lays out his case in this video. He is joined by his daughter Taylor, 17, and her friend Lisa Nikssarian, 17, who hope to work at Muzo's.
It's not over yet.
County officials are working with Michieli to solve the impasse.
Here's what we know so far.
We'll update that story when we can.
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