After coming into the spotlight for defying COVID-19 protocols, Adam Skelly, owner of Adamson Barbecue, has decided to close all three restaurants.
Skelly told the Star that he does not see “an end in sight that does not involve discriminating against a segment of society.”
“So I decided to close all the locations,” he said.
Skelly says he does not want to comply with the province’s mandatory vaccination certificate, but also cannot object to it due to the conditions of his bail, hence the closure of his Etobicoke restaurant on Queen Elizabeth Blvd., the Leaside location. on Wicksteed Ave. and the Aurora location.
“I would protest against them, but I am bound by the conditions of the bond and a court order to obey the Ontario Reopening Act,” he said of the vaccine passport mandates.
Last year in November, when the province ordered stricter measures for businesses as COVID-19 cases continued to rise, Skelly’s Etobicoke location broke these rules by allowing customers to dine inside after using the nets. to publicly announce your challenge.
“Our Etobicoke location … will be opened for restaurant dinners against provincial orders,” Skelly said in a Instagram video Posted on November 23 in the restaurant’s account.
At that time, only delivery, drive-thru and take-out were allowed in restaurants.
Although police were on the scene when Skelly welcomed a long line of customers to the restaurant, they did not stop them from entering. Later that day, Toronto Public Health issued an order to close the establishment.
The next day, the restaurant reopened, defying health orders for the second time. Toronto Public Health eventually took possession of the venue and locked the front door with a padlock.
Over the two days, Skelly was charged a total of nine times for statutory violations, including violating a regulation prohibiting indoor meals. Two of the charges were also filed for operating without a business license.
In a Star exclusive, it was later revealed that Skelly’s original Adamson Barbecue location in Leaside operated without a business license for over four years.
In February, the city of Toronto billed Skelly $ 187,000 as she tried to “recoup her costs to enforce provincial public health regulations” spent while closing the restaurant.
Most of the bill was attributed to the cost of police staffing, but Skelly was also billed for public health personnel and licenses, facility shipping, and the price of a locksmith.
The court eventually restricted Skelly’s access to social media, but the ban was partially lifted in January.
With the closure of the controversial restaurant chain, the team is now being Auctioned from Benaco Sales LTD – along with other content from 16 other stores.