Waking up to the smell of bacon every morning seems like a dream come true for most people, but residents near the restaurant Bacon Bacon in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district can tell you that the smell gets old—fast.
According to NBC News, Bacon Bacon opened in 2011 to provide locals with their bacon fix. Each day, the restaurant cooks 300 pounds of bacon for its customers and sells a number of bacon products, including bacon-flavored jam, popcorn, and cologne.
Formal complaints to City Hall about the smell of all this bacon forced Bacon Bacon to close its doors. Fans of the restaurant, however, flocked to Bacon Bacon’s defense. Over 3,000 people signed a petition to reopen the restaurant, and many more fans showed their support through online activism.
Complainants and supporters came together to attend the Bacon Bacon hearing at City Hall.
Ingre Nevins, a complainant, testified, “We live across the street. People that are coming from other areas, they don’t have to endure this.”
Both sides won in the hearing. Bacon Bacon was allowed to reopen its doors, and the owner promised complainants that he would install a new filtration and exhaust system to reduce the smell of his business.