San Francisco restaurant Bacon Bacon facing complaint over smell of main product 

click to enlarge Haight eatery Bacon Bacon’s permit could be imperiled by a neighbor’s complaints about the savory smells emerging from the sandwich shop. Restaurant owner Jim Angelus says he’s looking to install a filtration system. - MIKE KOOZMIN/THE S.F. EXAMINER
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  • Haight eatery Bacon Bacon’s permit could be imperiled by a neighbor’s complaints about the savory smells emerging from the sandwich shop. Restaurant owner Jim Angelus says he’s looking to install a filtration system.

A threat to close Bacon Bacon’s brick-and-mortar location on Frederick Street near Ashbury Street over a neighbor’s complaint may have found a resolution in a filtration system.

The complaint stems from the fact that the restaurant owner needed to reapply for permits in order to continue operating because certain permits had changed, according to the Planning Department.

This process allowed the public to bring forward concerns, which presented an opportunity for one neighbor to voice his objections to the business.

Bacon Bacon owner Jim Angelus said Tuesday that the neighbor’s main concern is the smell coming from the business, which specializes in sandwiches highlighting bacon.

The complaint created a firestorm of support throughout the neighborhood. By Tuesday, as many as 1,100 people had signed an online petition supporting the business in case it had to go before the Planning Commission.

A hearing has not yet been set, Angelus said, because he is trying to work with the neighbor.

“We’re hoping to settle before a hearing is set,” Angelus said. “The outpouring of support from the neighborhood has been awesome. This neighbor sees that we’re busy and we’re good neighbors.”

Angelus said the neighbor had requested a filtration system be put on the roof in order to disperse the smell of bacon. He said he will install one so long as The City approves the work.

“Long story short, the [neighbor] said he’s just concerned about the smells that come from my shop,” Angelus said. “On my original application I applied for a filtration system on the roof, but I’m not going to put one up until The City gives me the permits.”

Bacon Bacon set up shop in its current location last summer, but Angelus also operated a popular food truck by the same name. The food truck caught fire in November, and the restaurateur has not gotten another truck up and running.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

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