San Francisco restaurant claims exemption from foie gras ban

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Foie gras may be on the outs in California, but at least one San Francisco restaurant plans to keep the fattened goose liver on the menu indefinitely -- and they may be doing it legally.

The Presidio Social Club, located on what was a U.S. Army base, says the fact that they are on federal land exempts them from the foie gras ban.


The restaurant plans to put the item back on its menu this weekend to celebrate Bastille Day. In a press release, they called it a celebration of “two important independences this July: Bastille Day for the French and the freedom to enjoy foie gras for Californians.”

A spokeswoman for the California attorney general’s office said staff was currently looking into whether the restaurant is actually exempt from the ban.

A statewide ban on artificially fattened goose and duck liver went into effect July 1.


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-- Anthony York in Sacramento