For decades, one of the most popular restaurants in San Francisco has been The Stinking Rose. The menu is dedicated to garlic. You can smell that restaurant blocks away, coming and going. The food is delicious. And of course, garlic is a very trendy food, one that many tout as promoting good health.
Pity poor bacon, though. When its pungent, delicious, meaty, fatty fried smell oozes through the neighborhood, it doesn’t get any respect. Or at least, that’s what a new bacon-themed restaurant in San Francisco called Bacon Bacon discovered.
The instantly popular restaurant opened in the Upper Haight region of San Francisco. Those familiar with the City know what this neighborhood means: old hippies and young trendies. Neither group is a bacon demographic.
Residents complained bitterly about the smell wafting through the neighborhood, expressed concern about improper grease disposal, and were upset about the way the restaurant parked its related food truck on a residential street. According to the San Francisco Department of Public Health, despite knowing since August that Bacon Bacon would have to deal with these problems, the owner did nothing, leaving the City without any choice but to shut the restaurant down.
Jim Angelus, the restaurant’s owner disagreed with the City’s take on matters. As he told the San Francisco Examiner, “It’s frustrating. Two weeks ago, the health department showed up saying we had no permits. So we had a hearing and one person showed up saying they were opposed. They told us we had long enough to resolve these issues — and as a result, we have to cease operations May 17.” Worse, without a physical site to call its own, Bacon Bacon can’t operate its food truck either.
Concerned neighbors, however, offered yet another view, saying that Angelus simply wouldn’t work with them. When a neighbor offered to help pay for the cost of an air filter, Angelus refused to respond. As far as they’re concerned, Angelus simply refused to play by the rules.
Still, where there’s life, there’s hope, especially when bacon is involved. An online petition on the Bacon Bacon website quickly got more than 1,600 signatures from people who appreciate the joy that is bacon.