Owner of Etobicoke restaurant that defied COVID-19 restrictions given $187K bill for City response

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WATCH ABOVE: (Nov. 28) Adam Skelly, the owner of Adamson BBQ, has been released on bail after spending one night in police custody. Erica Vella reports – Nov 28, 2020

The owner of an Etobicoke restaurant which opened in November despite Toronto being in a COVID-19 lockdown has been given a bill of more than $187,000 for the City’s response.

A social media account for Adamson Barbecue, located on Queen Elizabeth Boulevard near Royal York Road and The Queensway, posted a photo of the invoice.

“This is the invoice Toronto sent me for the police they hired to keep everyone safe from my brisket,” the post read.

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In a statement sent to Global News, a spokesperson for the City of Toronto confirmed that Adam Skelly had been given the bill.

“There were costs associated with closing — and keeping closed — his Etobicoke location under the MOH’s orders, including policing, boarding up the premises, locksmith, and so on,” Brad Ross said in an email.

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In November, while Toronto was in the grey-lockdown stage of Ontario’s coronavirus response framework — which prohibits restaurants from serving in-person dining — Adamson Barbeque reopened indoor dining and subsequently opened again despite a closure order.

Skelly was eventually arrested.

The invoice lists over $165,000 for policing costs, $8,000 for Toronto Public Health costs, and just over $4,500 for municipal licensing and standards.

A GoFundMe previously set up for Skelly raised nearly $338,000.

Skelly has said that he intends to challenge the constitutionality of coronavirus restrictions in court.

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