via Inside Scoop
Bacon Bacon will return to Frederick Street.
Yesterday, the Planning Commission said that owner Jim Angelus can reopen his Haight/Cole Valley cafe and commissary kitchen, which has been closed since mid-May. The closure — spurred largely by neighbors’ complaints about the bacon smell — garnered national media attention, and even a mention on Saturday Night Live.
“Yesterday at the hearing I felt really emotional to see all those neighbors show up and speak,” Angelus tells Scoop.
“It wasn’t about a popular truck getting as many people as they could to attend. It came down to the neighborhood saying they want us back. And that feels awesome.”
Angelus estimates that he’ll be able to reopen the cafe in about two months, after he makes the necessary renovations, chiefly those surrounding the ventilation system.
Technically, the city was considering the proposal “to legalize the change of use of commercial space previously occupied by a retail grocery store’s delicatessen section to a Limited Restaurant use.”
At the hearing, which at times got a little pointed and lasted about three hours, foes of Bacon Bacon — a few neighbors — claimed that Bacon Bacon is “not compatible within the surrounding residential neighborhood” because of the odors, the traffic caused by the truck, and even fire hazards “potentially from a grease fire and the associated food truck.” The opposition consisted primarily of three neighbors.
On the other hand, Bacon Bacon rolled deep with its supporters crowding into the room and dominating the microphone for the majority of the hearing. [You can read all the nitty-gritty debate topics from both sides over at the 200-page Planning Department document.]
“My intentions aren’t to upset a neighborhood. My intentions are to provide for a neighborhood,” said Angelus before the commission.
Aside from the remodeling, Angelus also agreed to use his other location, within the Mission’s Brick & Mortar, as the commissary kitchen for the Bacon Bacon truck. Neighbors had been upset that the truck blocks traffic on Frederick Street, but Angelus compromised and said that he’ll be able to abide by the Brick & Mortar outpost, where he plans to stay indefinitely; it’s a more central location anyway.