Bacon Restaurant Faces Closure...for Smelling Like Bacon
A San Francisco restaurant that specializes in bacon may live to see another day.
Called Bacon Bacon, the restaurant serves up dishes like bacon scones, fried chicken wrapped in bacon and a bacon bouquet that is made up of five strips of bacon wrapped in paper. However, according to NBC News, as can be expected from a restaurant that primarily serves bacon, the restaurant had a distinctively meat-like smell that bothered some of the neighbors in the Ashbury Heights neighborhood. The restaurant's neighbors also took issue with the parking of a food truck on a residential street, claimed that the bacon grease was dumped directly into the neighborhood's sewer system and argued that the restaurant did not have the proper permits since December of 2011.
The issue appears to have begun last August. The restaurant, which changed owners' hands, received a notice from the city's health department stating that it lacked proper permits and that it had 75 days to address the issue. Jim Angelus, the owner, says that he had tried to meet with neighbors, but the multiple parties had difficulty coming to a solution. Two weeks ago, the restaurant had a hearing during which the city informed him that they would need to close on May 17. While the city said that a hearing was a possibility, its scheduling could have taken until July.
However, it seems that few foods can motivate people to action like bacon. The San Francisco Examiner reports that the looming possibility of the restaurant's closure led to an online petition that hoped to save the restaurant. It garnered a reported 1,600 signatures. On Friday, when the restaurant was supposed to close, supporters visited the restaurant, which was marked by a chalkboard in the front that read "Save Our Bacon".
It appears that the restaurant and its neighbors may have reached a deal though. Angelus agreed to put in a $35,000 air filtration system, for which the neighbor would contribute, and the neighbor would drop the complaint. As of Saturday, the agreement was just verbal, and needs to be approved by the Planning Department and Health Department.