I received a comment on my recent entry about Devil’s Teeth Bakery in the Outer Sunset the other day. I haven’t yet responded because I felt like I needed to do some more research before I could make an intelligent response (shocking, I know…). So today when I was in the neighborhood Britton and I stopped by Devil’s Teeth bakery, took a look at the location, and sampled the merchandise (which was exceptionally good).
Below is the comment I received from a neighbor:
I am 73 years old and my bedroom is located next to the new bakery. I like the taste of Hilary’s food, but I don’t like the smell in my bedroom. I am ok with people drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes outside, but I am not ok with smoke in my bedroom. All I want is 50 feet non-smoking zone around my windows. I am ok with loud laughing people, but I am not happy that I will hear it in my bedroom. I didn’t hire a lawyer to fight the outside seating because I believe in common sense. Would you be happy with 8-10 outside seating’s just next to your windows 6 days a week from 6:00am to 4:00pm with the possibility of extended hours? Hillary’s bakery is in the heart of residential complex. Let’s keep the residential area clean, and have some peace and quiet as it was before.
And – finally – here’s my response:
Vita, I absolutely positively unequivocally agree with you about the smoking. Last year San Francisco updated their no-smoking ordinance and it now bans smoking in all of the following areas:
Changes implemented immediately by the new ordinance:
– Waiting in line ATMs, movie theaters, outside nightclubs, ticket lines
– Building entrances you must smoke at the curb unless there’s no curb, in which case there’s no smoking within 15 feet of a building entrance, exit, operable window or vent
– Hotels no smoking throughout entire lobby of hotels and motels and 75 percent of guest rooms
– Farmers markets
– Common areas of apartments, condos and single-occupancy room hotels, including outdoor courtyards
– All bars and charity bingo establishments
Beginning Oct. 24, 2010
– Ban to include outdoor eating areas of restaurants
via the San Francisco Examiner
So it seems to me that regardless of whether or not outdoor tables are added to the Devil’s Teeth bakery, smoking is already prohibited within 15 feet of any building entrance, so if people are smoking I’d encourage you to call and get them cited. I grew up with a mother that smoked (and still does) so believe me when I say you have my full empathy when it comes to dealing with second hand smoke!
I’m not sure from your comment if you are upset with the Devil’s Teeth bakery in general, or just the bakery with the possibility of outdoor seating. I guess my feeling about the noise is that we live in a city, and that the sounds of people coming and going, sirens, and so forth are just a part of the ambient noise level that comes from living in close quarters with others. The hours don’t seem particularly horrible, and even if the permit allows seating beginning at 6am, my experience of San Francisco is that very few people are awake at that hour of the day, much less sitting outside on the sidewalk chatting and laughing away.
As for the smells, I really didn’t notice any food smell at all until I was inside the bakery, and then I thought it was a rather delightful and delicious smell. I could think of much worse smells…
In terms of the neighborhood, it felt to me like the block that Devil’s Teeth is located on a 37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=62.098123,102.128906&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Noriega+St+%26+45th+Ave,+San+Francisco,+California+94122&ll=37.752977,-122.504599&spn=0.002726,0.003117&t=h&z=19">relatively “commercial” area of Noriega, with the Noriega Produce market, a taqueria, pizza parlor, and several other business within one block of the bakery. It felt to me like an appropriate location for a bakery, particularly one that might foster a sense of connection amongst neighbors.
I also have to say that I’m not the one that lives there, so I’m sure it seems condescending and rude of me to sit here and write about all the reasons a bakery below your home is a good idea. I though the food was delicious, I’m sad to hear that a new business has caused such unhappiness for you. I hope you are able to come to some type of win/win agreement with everyone involved, and do appreciate your comment even if I don’t agree with all of it.