One Toronto restaurant is set to defy Premier Doug Ford and open his restaurant to the public on Nov. 24. Yes, today.
Never one to shy away from controversy, Adam Skelly, the owner of Adamson Barbecue with locations in Leaside, Aurora and Etobicoke, announced on social media today that he will open his Etobicoke location in Ford’s own backyard for in-restaurant dining in direct contravention of provincial rules that ban indoor and outdoor dining during the lockdown.
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In the video, Skelly basically goes off on the provincial lockdown choosing from a highlight reel of anti-mask, anti-lockdown rhetoric.
Thankfully, he isn’t long-winded about it but makes a point to thank those who have supported him in his efforts. So, apparently, this sentiment is nothing new for him.
“Thank you for the messages of support. Thank you for filling out my little polls. Thank you for letting me know that we have people in our corner. This is a risky move. And you guys gave me the gas to do this,” he says. “So I just want to thank you guys so much. Now, for anybody out there who’s going What is this guy doing? And you’re questioning my motives here, look, top to bottom, this thing stinks. It reeks of corruption.”
Skelly questions things such as the current method of COVID-19 testing citing issues such as “cold fragments in flu shots,” as well as the slim number of deaths that can be traced to restaurant visits.
“We’re opening for anybody who’s a fan of freedom and sovereignty,” he continues. “The right to choose what you wear, where to go, who to have over at your house, what businesses you can go to.”
Skelly also caught some serious heat from others in the food community and beyond this past spring for some heated debates deemed offensive by many for his language and
What the actual fuck is this?? From what I can gather they seem to be v ill-informed about Covid & went after people in a truly offensive way. (They’ve deleted their twitter but their IG is still up). It never surprises me when chef bros think/talk like this but wow it’s stupid pic.twitter.com/iAc0wbQVLG
— Jen Agg (@TheBlackHoof) April 27, 2020
It will be interesting to see just how long Adamson BBQ can stay open today given his direct public appeal for business. And, how big the fine will be for contravening the provincial rules.