Friday, November 27, 2020

WARMINGTON: Restaurants roasted by restrictions, hungry for help


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Arguing the cure is worse than the illness, celebrity chef Mark McEwan has called on leaders to be “brave” and open things up to allow restaurants to carefully operate, so they have a chance to survive.

Ford, who is caught between the grill and the deep fryer, responded Friday by saying, “I have a great deal of respect for Mark McEwan, he’s a great entrepreneur — one of the greatest restaurant owners — but unfortunately Mark is not a medical professional, he’s a business owner. I respect what he is saying, but again, we have to focus on the health and the safety of everyone across the province.”

Chef Mark McEwan

Shut up and lead! Shut up and cook! Two very different perspectives.

McEwan feels with proper safety measures they can serve customers. The premier is trying to avoid a COVID-19 spike that could rival Italy or France.

Looking for an amicable solution for all sides is Mohamad Fakih, founder and CEO of Paramount Fine Foods. He warns with rents owed and huge overhead, some restaurants could be cooked in the next 60 days if this lockdown continues or is extended.

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He’s looking for a solution without acrimony.

“As new regional restrictions were announced on Oct. 9, landlords also found out that tenants will pay full rent for October under the newly announced rent subsidy plan,” Fakih wrote in a letter to Premier Ford and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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