Mon. Aug 15th, 2022

After stepping into the spotlight to defy COVID-19 protocols, Adam Skelly, owner of Adamson Barbecue, has decided to close all three restaurant locations.

Skelly told the Star that he sees “no end in sight that does not discriminate against a segment of society.”

“So I decided to close everywhere,” he said.

Skelly says he does not want to comply with the county’s mandate vaccination certificate, but is also unable to oppose it because of his bail – hence the closure of his Etobicoke restaurant on Queen Elizabeth Blvd., the Leaside location on Wicksteed Ave . and location in Aurora.

“I would like to protest against them, but I am bound by bail and a court order to follow the law on the reopening of Ontario,” he said of the vaccine passport mandates.

Last November, when the province imposed tougher measures on businesses as COVID-19 cases continued to rise, Skelly’s Etobicoke site broke those rules by allowing patrons to eat inside after taking to social media to publicly announce its defiance.

“Our Etobicoke location … opens for dining in the restaurant against provincial orders,” Skelly said in an Instagram video posted Nov. 23 to the restaurant’s account.

At that time, only delivery, transit and pick-up were allowed at restaurants.

Although police were on the scene when Skelly welcomed a large number of customers into the restaurant, they did not prevent them from entering. Later that day, an order was issued by Toronto Public Health to close the company.

The next day, the restaurant reopened, defying health orders for the second time. Toronto Public Health eventually took over the place and locked the front door with a padlock.

During the two days, Skelly was charged a total of nine times with violations of the bylaws, including violating a regulation banning indoor dining. Two of the charges were also dropped for operating without a company license.

In an exclusive star, it was later revealed that Skelly’s original Adamson Barbecue location in Leaside operated without a business license for more than four years.

In February, Skelly was billed $ 187,000 from the city of Toronto as it tried to “recoup its costs of enforcing provincial public health rules” spent while the restaurant was shut down.

The majority of the invoice was attributed to the cost of staffing police, but Skelly was also billed for public health and licensing staff, boarding the premises and the price of a locksmith.

The court eventually restricted Skelly’s access to social media, but the ban was partially lifted in January.

As the controversial restaurant chain closes down, equipment is now being auctioned off by Benaco Sales LTD – along with other content from 16 other companies.


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