Cafe Hon is known for having a giant pink flamingo adorn its building. The flamingo has been there for seven years and become a symbol of the eclectic neighborhood. In October a city inspector told Cafe Hon that the iconic pink flamingo would have to be removed if the proper permit was not obtained.
The flamingo was removed and Cafe Hon supporters where devastated. There was a rally at City Hall and supporters placed pink flamingos all over the lawn.
Baltimore city ended up cutting the permit fee in half and on November 18, 2009 the flamingo returned. The neighborhood was relieved when the icon was brought back to Cafe Hon. The flamingo is a little piece of Baltimore's history. The legendary John Walters had even given an interview for Sunday Morning in front of the pink flamingo.