Lorenzo Logoreci, the owner of Allegro Romano in San Francisco, is being charged with battering a Department of Public Health inspector last Friday. According to Inside Scoop SF, the inspector arrived unannounced to Logoreci's new restaurant project (which is still under construction). When the inspector informed Logoreci that he spotted an environmental health violation, Logoreci allegedly lost his temper. A police office involved with the case told Inside Scoop: "The owner then got into a verbal argument, and the inspector cited the owner for the violation ... The subject then basically slapped the inspector and the inspector then filed a police report and pressed charges against the owner." Following the incident, the inspector pressed charges against Logoreci.
This was Logoreci's second run in with inspectors in that many days. The previous day Logoreci was investigated for a reported violation. That report, which claimed that Logoreci was doing construction without a proper permit, was dismissed prior to the incident on Friday. Regarding Friday's incident, Logoreci claims "[The inspector] came in, all mad. I said, 'I'm doing nothing against the law.'" A court date for Lorogeci has been set. In the meanwhile, the Director of the Health Department's Food Safety Program says that because of the incident, inspectors must go in pairs to Logoreci's establishments, with Logoreci footing the bill for the second inspector.