BBQ joint owner arrested, muzzled, surveilled for breaking into his own eatery to defy lockdown

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A Canadian BBQ restaurant owner was arrested, detained for over 18 hours and then handed a slew of strict behavioral restrictions last week for the alleged crime of opening his business in defiance of equally strict coronavirus lockdown orders.

The only good news is that Adam Skelly, the owner of Adamson Barbeque, has since raised over $250,000 and counting via the fundraising platform GoFundMe. Assuming the platform doesn’t suspend him, it appears he’ll be OK.

According to reports, Kelly kept reopening his restaurant despite a lockdown order in Toronto prohibiting already financially struggling, embattled bars and restaurants from opening til at least mid-December.

“Skelly announced Monday night that he was going to open his Queen Elizabeth Boulevard location on Tuesday as a protest of a provincial order that bans indoor dining in Toronto for 28 days,” the Toronto Sun reported.

“Confusion reigned Tuesday after diners lined up and were able to dine inside while police officers watched. City officials announced they had closed the restaurant, upon receiving an order from Toronto public health chief Dr. Eileen de Villa — at 4 p.m., its normal closing time.”

After Skelly reopened once again, authorities announced nine charges against him, including “violating lockdown rules, operating without a business licence and breaching de Villa’s order,” and subsequently arrested him Thursday morning.

A video of him being arrested soon went viral.


He was reportedly held for 18 hours and then released on bail with a plethora of stipulations, including that he stay off social media, that he obey all lockdown orders and that he even stay 200 meters away from his own business.

The social media order was reportedly motivated by him having used his Twitter account to urge customers to show up at his restaurant for indoor dining.

Listen to him speaking about the stipulations below:

A GoFundMe page erected to assist him in his legal efforts had accrued over $250,000 by Sunday morning.

“Ontario’s Adamson BBQ has been opening every day to serve people lunch. And owner Adam Skelly is paying a high price for carrying that cudgel of liberty. Over the past 24 hours he’s been hit with numerous fines totalling tens of thousands of dollars for violating unconstitutional and draconian COVID ‘public health orders,”” the page reads.

“All because he refuses to let your politicians—who are out there enjoying their fat salaries that we all pay for, wag their fingers at us and tell us we don’t have a right to earn a living too. After all, ‘we’re all in this together’ right?”

The fundraiser does face a risk though of being suspended. GoFundMe is a demonstrably left-wing platform with a history of allowing convicted pedophiles to raise money but shutting down the fundraisers of Trump supporters.

Despite now being under the hammer of so-called “justice,” Barbeque is continuing his resistance against Toronto’s oppressive lockdown rules.

On Saturday he reportedly attended a lockdown protest to urge other business owners to also take a stand against the decrees.

“Go ahead and do it, open up. Let’s see how it goes,” he said during the protest.


In a statement delivered on the floor of the Canadian Parliament last week, independent MPP Randy Hillier echoed this exact same sentiment.

“I want to recognize and applaud a speaker today for his courage, convictions and resolve. Yesterday Adam Skelly opened his restaurant, Adamson Barbeque bar, and is testing the government’s unlawful orders,” he said.

“I have no doubt, indeed I’m certain these unlawful orders will be struck down by the courts. I encourage all restaurants, all businesses and all people to do the same and stand with Adam Skelly.”


Meanwhile, Skelly’s restaurant remains under constant surveillance by local police officers who apparently have nothing better to do.



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