The owners of a restaurant in Kelowna last week ordered to close its doors and hand over its liquor license after allegedly defying BC’s system of proof of vaccination now apparently completely packing the business together.
Renegade Kitchen and Craft Bar, located on Leon Avenue, is for sale according to an online listing.
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“Totally newly renovated and clean restaurant. Great street exposure in the center of Kelowna and some visibility from Highway 97, ”reads the Royal LePage listing.
“Sales include all assets including furniture, fixtures and fittings in this restaurant. Spacious walk-in cooler and freezer. ”
The ad goes on to say that rental prices are incredible and almost unheard of in the city center.
There are currently two years and eight plus months left of the lease, with a five-year lease option after that.
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The popular vegetarian food owners have even listed their fully equipped food cart as a potential addition if the buyer is interested, noting that any offers must be subject to landowner for either transfer of the existing lease or negotiation of a new one.
Last week, Interior Health said it suspended all food and spirits services on Renegade for failing to comply with the province’s food and spirits service, specifically for failing to verify evidence of vaccination.
“The investigation took place after public health received a series of complaints that this company did not check immunization evidence,” the e-mail read.
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“It is important to emphasize that the provincial food and beverage order on the premises is in place to protect patrons and staff at restaurants and bars and reduce the risk of further COVID-19 exposures in the wider community.”
Renegade’s website says it is “temporarily closed” and advises customers to “keep up.” A call to the company has yet to be returned.
The owners have not been upset by their perspective on the latest rules and regulations.
“Is honesty the best policy? Let’s find out … We choose to remain a spacious place for all our staff and guests, one unit. We draw the line at “health cards”. Let’s be VERY clear: We are not anti-vaxx, but we are against these health cards, as they cause such division and exclusion in our society and society, ”reads a post on social media from the company.
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“We want to stay open to everyone as we are in the process of serving delicious comfort food, and not in the business of asking for or discussing your private health information. To the growing number of our fellow restaurants continue to quietly accept everyone ‘under the table’. We see you, we feel for you, and we understand why you choose to remain silent.
“We will not ask you to break your silence until you are ready, and in the meantime we will willingly bear the brunt of the setback.”
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