Bacon Bacon will be sizzling again in the Upper Haight.
Jim Angelus successfully gained approval from the Planning Commission on Thursday to reopen his restaurant on Frederick Street two months after it was closed down because of neighbor complaints that stalled operating permits.
The decision will allow the business to reopen, although a new ventilation and filtration system must be installed in a reasonable time frame. Angelus also cannot use the location as the primary prep kitchen for his food truck under the same name.
The permit for installation was approved following a two hours of discussion Thursday, which included testimony from dozens of restaurant supporters who said that Bacon Bacon added to the neighborhood more than it created problems.
"I like to put a smile on people's face," Angelus said. "That makes me happy serving people food."
Angelus opened the store last summer and had gained initial approvals by both the Public Health and Planning departments. But during a discretionary review period, when the business changed ownership, a neighbor voiced concerns over the smell of bacon and noise. Negotiations between the two parties went on for months, with the neighbor wanting Angelus to install a filtration system and Angelus requesting that the complaint be pulled before he did so. The disagreement held up the permits.
While his Frederick Street location was closed, Angelus opened another location at the Brick and Mortar Music Hall in the Mission district to allow him to continue to cook and prepare food for his mobile operation. At that location, Angelus has also started serving lunch during the week and on weekends during shows. It will remain as the primary prep kitchen for the food truck.
Neighbors opposing the permit, though, told the Planning Commission that Bacon Bacon is better suited for an industrial space such as Brick and Mortar.
"The smell is a problem," resident John Ungar said. "This restaurant is doing what I consider an industrial production of bacon. I'd hate to see this neighborhood change from a quite one to a commercial neighborhood."
Planning commissioners disagreed with the complaint, saying they thought this was a good business for the neighborhood so long as an air filtration system is installed.