WARMINGTON: Popular Toronto pub fights for survival

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“After losing my Dad to ALS in January of 2013, I wanted to open a place of my own to pay tribute to the man they called Irv,” says Regan. “Just over a year later — on March 1, 2014 — we opened our doors trying our best to provide great service, a comfortable atmosphere and delicious homemade food.”

Even though he’s never once seen anyone with the coronavirus, Regan is forced to worry about how he’s going to pay all the mounting bills.

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“They said we couldn’t serve inside (as of Oct. 10) so I invested $10,000 in an outside patio and heaters,” said Regan, 41. “Then they tell us three weeks later we have to close it down. It’s crazy.”

They have done everything right but are still being punished.

“We did everything they asked us to — and way more — to keep our customers and staff safe.”

But the governments keep moving the goalposts on the little guy while the giant corporate crew’s playing field grows. Some of the richest people in the world already are getting even richer.

“They are making billions,” said Regan.

Regan certainly isn’t.

Selling a few take-out orders of O’Dog Beef Drip, Gord Stellick or Matt Bonner Burgers and his famous wings is not enough to help The Irv pay the rent. “I am lucky to have the great Taselos family as landlords because they have been very fair,” he said.

Governments have not been.

It’s obscene and not based on any compelling medical data. Small operators are the pandemic scapegoats.

Medical experts and politicians have not got one thing right in eight months, picking winners and losers, while not getting the spiking numbers under control.

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