After months of turmoil and controversy, and even a Saturday Night Live appearance, Bacon Bacon has won its case with the Planning Commission and will be allowed to retain its Frederick Street location, which closed in May due to complaints. A dozen supporters testified on behalf of owner Jim Angelus at yesterday morning's hearing, which lasted for over three hours; the city ultimately approved his change-of-use application to convert the former Ashbury Market deli into a legitimate restaurant space.
To win approval, Angelus had to make a couple of concessions. First of all, he'll need to install a new ventilation system, which will delay the cafe's reopening by a couple of months. (The three neighbors who battled him based their primary complaint on the bacon smell.) Secondly, to address concerns about the Bacon Bacon food truck blocking traffic, Angelus will continue to use Brick & Mortar Music Hall in the Mission as his commissary kitchen, and park the truck there. Expect to see Bacon Bacon reopen in the Upper Haight in the next couple of months.
· Bacon Bacon triumphs at City Hall [Inside Scoop]
· Back in the frying pan: Bacon restaurant to reopen [Today]
· Bacon Bacon's Brick and Mortar Shut Down [~ ESF ~]