Police on scene as crowds gather at Etobicoke restaurant that opened indoor dining

Toronto police officers are once again at an Etobicoke restaurant that opened indoor dining despite coronavirus restrictions.

Crowds gathered at Adamson Barbecue, located on Queen Elizabeth Boulevard near Royal York Road and The Queensway, Wednesday morning.

Global News observed the restaurant serving take out, but it wasn’t clear if indoor dining was reopened again.

Read more: City of Toronto orders closure of restaurant that opened for indoor dining despite COVID-19 lockdown

In a post on the restaurant’s Instagram account Tuesday night, however, it appeared the business did intend to allow customers to dine in.

Dozens of people showed up to eat inside Adamson Barbecue on Tuesday and the restaurant was eventually served a closure order from Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa in accordance with Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act.

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“Just unbelievable. It looks like he’s going to contravene our order,” Coun. Mark Grimes said at the scene on Wednesday.

“I’ve been in contact with the mayor’s office again this morning [and] Toronto police … We’ll escalate as we have to, but to be clear, we’re going to be shutting him down.”

Demonstrators against lockdown restrictions have used the restaurant as a protest location since its reopening.

Dozens gathered in the parking lot Wednesday, in an apparent violation of provincial gathering rules which currently limit outdoor gatherings to 10 people in Toronto. Most were seen not physical distancing and not wearing masks in the crowded scene.

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Grimes said he asked that a “physical barricade” be set up to block entrance to the restaurant, but was told that isn’t possible. He also said he asked that the restaurant owner be served with a maximum fine of $100,000.

Owner Adam Skelly took to social media earlier this week to tell people “enough is enough — we’re opening.”

“Why are we getting singled out and the big multi-national corporations are all essential, well they’re packed. Come on guys, enough is enough, we’re opening,” he said in a 3-minute video posted on Instagram.

— With files from Gabby Rodrigues and Nick Westoll


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