The City of Toronto is trying to give Adamson Barbecue another chance if it can pass a list of requirements.
According to the city, the Medical Officer of Health lifted the requirements of Section 22 under the Health Protection and Promotion Act laid on Adamson BBQ, which ordered the closures of the restaurant.
Doing so would allow the restaurant to reopen for takeout, delivery, and drive-thru services, but only if they abide by the Lockdown rules, comply with the city of Toronto’s business licensing bylaw, and pass a DineSafe inspection.
Though the location had remained closed since November 26, the province of Ontario put a restraining order against Adamson BBQ, its owner Adam Skelly, and others, which restrained them from “contravening the Lockdown Regulation under the Reopening Ontario Act,” according to the city.
“Should that location defy the restraining order and the Lockdown Regulation and open for indoor and/or outdoor dining, the owner, the business, and/or its employees and agents could face contempt of court findings,” said the city in a release.
During the saga, it was found that Skelly never owned a business licence for his Leaside location.
According to the city’s Executive Director of Municipal Licensing and Standards, Carleton Grant, Skelly must “comply with all relevant laws,” which includes zoning and business licensing bylaws.
Grant also stated that failure to operate without one can result in a maximum penalty of $25,000 for an individual and $50,000 for a corporation.
“The City’s MLS letter has also warned the owner that a court may order that the premises be closed for up to two years where an owner is convicted of knowingly operating without a business licence,” according to the city.
“The owner and Adamson Barbeque have collectively been convicted three times since 2017 for operating without a business licence.”
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There are also costs that come with the Section 22 order, which includes policing, and it could be placed against Adamson Barbecue.
Throughout the whole ordeal, the location opened for dine-in services twice, as well as a third attempt from the owner, leading to several charges against Skelly and eventually an arrest.