As the emergence of the Delta variant of COVID-19 prompts many businesses and consumers to proceed with caution, Basilico’s Pasta E Vino in Huntington Beach continues its campaign to disregard state safety recommendations. He recently displayed a sign saying he would ask diners for “proof” that they were not vaccinated.
It is the latest in a series of provocative actions by the restaurant, which began with an anti-masking campaign in May 2020. The restaurant has asked customers to remove masks when they are inside.
A post from the property posted on Saturday, June 27, 2020 on social media explained, “To be clear, if you are entering the restaurant for dinner and want to wear a mask, you must remove it when you sit down. If you are standing inside and waiting for a table, or waiting inside to pick up food for yourself or as a third-party delivery driver, and you are wearing a mask, you will be asked to wait outside. “
The company’s stance put its liquor license at risk when it was accused by the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control of being a “messy room.” The license is still active, but “The case is ongoing and the department is unable to comment on pending litigation,” an ABC spokesperson said.
Yet the restaurant maintains its position. “We feel blessed to fight against all of you to defend American freedom and liberty, so go for it! Read his latest post today, July 26, on Facebook.
Owner Tony Roman did not respond to an email request for comment. But in the past, the restaurant has openly expressed its point of view on social media and through advertising, at one point taking a billboard in Los Angeles near the Beverly Center with a nod to “The Godfather”.
“Leave the mask, take the cannoli,” the sign read, which showed the iconic puppeteer’s hand on movie posters for Francis Ford Coppola’s classic film and the restaurant’s name. This is a replica of a small sign that was displayed in the mall where the restaurant is located on Brookhurst Street.
The line refers to a scene from the film in which Clemenza and Rocco punch Paulie. “Leave the gun, take the cannoli,” Clemenza said to Rocco after the deed was done.
According to his Instagram posts, Basilico’s was fined $ 152,060 by Cal / OSHA on June 17, 2021 and responded on July 10 by posting the names and phone numbers of administrators and inspectors that restaurant supporters could. call to express their opposition, as well as film clips. “Godfather” films suggesting that the restaurant would refuse to pay.