Bacon Restaurant Closes: Why Was San Francisco Café Shuttered?

By iScienceTimes Staff on May 17, 2013 7:40 PM EDT

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A bacon restaurant closed in San Francisco following a variety of complaints from neighbors. Bacon Bacon was a popular café among the bacon-obsessed. (Photo: Flickr: cookbookman17)

A bacon restaurant closed in San Francisco following some unorthodox complaints from neighbors.

Bacon Bacon, a restaurant in the Upper Haight neighborhood of San Francisco, Calif., was a popular joint for the bacon-obsessed, with items like chocolate-dipped bacon and bacon jam. On Yelp, bacon-junkies have raved about the bacon restaurant; one review, apparently a free-verse poem, reads: "bacon all on my tongue / bacon all in my guts / dont believe me just eat there / hungry hungry hungry / dont believe me just eat there."

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But those San Francisco bacon lovers will now have to go elsewhere for their bacon fix.  After "months of failed negotiations," according to the San Francisco Examiner, Bacon Bacon must close its doors due to concerns about "porcine aroma" and grease disposal.

The strong smell of pig, which bothered neighbors, apparently led officials last summer to find that the restaurant lacked proper health permits.

While Bacon Bacon may be able to set their paperwork in order, the first possible hearing would be in July. Until then, they must close their bacon-y doors.

"It's frustrating," Bacon Bacon owner Jim Angelus told the Examiner. "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."

Neighbors had claimed that the restaurant didn't have a proper filtration system to alleviate the bacon smells, and that grease was dumped into the sewer system.

On the official Bacon Bacon Facebook page, a post went up on Thursday showing the restaurant's grease trap and grease drum. The pictures also show a car that apparently runs on bacon grease.

Neighbors said they offered to buy a new air filter to alleviate the smell, but Angelus declined.

Officials from the Department of Public Health claimed that Bacon Bacon had months to address the multitude of concerns, but that they failed to do so, forcing the department to close the bacon restaurant.

On Facebook, Bacon Bacon fans came out to show their support. Said one Facebook user, Fred Harris, "Give us Bacon or Give Them Death."

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