EVENTS OF OUR FIGHT IN ORDER
FROM MARCH 19, 2020 TO PRESENT:
'The tiny tyrant' in Sacramento 'gavin pelosi' orders the nation's first statewide lockdown on March 19, 2020. The same day, we dedicated our business as a
'Constitutional Battleground', pledging to put everything at risk, laying it all on the line in defense of American Liberty and Freedom.
We promised to not only defy, but to aggressively attack lockdown tyranny and we did so with no lawyers.
We remained open and operated fully and boldly from day one, with zero restrictions inside and out.
At the beginning of our fight, we flew our 'Don't Tread on Me, Live Free of Die' flag to signal to the community that we were taking our stand.
After launching our fight openly, multiple law enforcement visits followed.
When a mask mandate was ordered, we responded by banning them on the property. No masks allowed, because we view them as the symbol of the lockdowns and their greatest weapon. In our view, the mask represents fear, control and surrender.
After our ban on masks when our stand against the lockdowns became publicized in the press and online, and since then, we have received non-stop harassment, including threats to spread viruses inside, burn our restaurant to the ground, and repeated death threats against Tony. The haters have also attempted to destroy our online reputation with one star negative reviews. Hollywood celebrities also attempted to launch boycotts.
When the cowardly enemies attacked, we dug in further. It strengthened our resolve. For us it is a 'Badge of Honor'. When they try and hit and run, we punch back harder.
In response to the initial hate, we recorded our now popular 'Cousin Guido' phone greeting, still heard today when calling us, to mock, taunt, shame and dare the enemies. LISTEN TO IT HERE
Realizing that so much of the hate was coming from those in Los Angeles,
we invaded enemy territory by erecting a huge 48 ft. billboard near
Beverly Hills, directly across from the Beverly Center, hitting back with our 'Leave the Mask, Take the Cannoli' message. It was our take on the famous quote from "The Godfather' movie, 'Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli'.
We print and begin selling shirts bearing the 'Leave the Mask, Take the Cannoli' design, donating profits to Veterans Charity 'Patriots and Paws'.
'Paramount Pictures' attempts to bully us, threatening litigation over our billboard, inaccurately claiming infringement.
We file for trademark for our 'Leave the Mask, Leave the Cannoli' slogan, and ignore Paramount's threats. We will not tolerate agents of the mini dictators, those who look to trample on the First Amendment.
Agents of 'gavin pelosi's' strike team, the ABC ( Ca - Alcohol Beverage Control)
conducted an undercover investigation, and after opening a criminal case against us,
they threatened to arrest, shut down, fine
and revoke our hard earned and valuable liquor license.
Because we refuse to grant anyone authority over us where they have none related to the Anti-American lockdowns and mandates, we will not acknowledge the 'little wannabe dictators' and their 'mini gestapo', their threats to control and force surrender. So we ignored their efforts, and openly taunted and dared the ABC and 'gavin pelosi'. We dared him and his 'strike teams' to officially file criminal charges.
And when our first court date arrived, we only appeared to confirm our suspicions.
We knew it was a 'kangaroo court' run by loyal 'gavin pelosi' cronies, and we were right. When they ordered Tony to wear a mask into the building and courtroom, he refused and challenged them by giving them an ultimatum. To either let him in, or hold the hearing in the parking lot. He had a right to face his accusers.
The judge had a hot potato on her hand, and handed the issue off to the building's landlord. When Tony held his ground. The judge and landlord then caved, and in Tony went, past the two big masked up security guards, into the elevator, up to the courtroom, where he walked in as the only person unmasked. The judge, prosecutors, government witnesses, and court reporter were as expected all masked up. When the first day of testimony ended, Tony pledged to never appear again. He had proved his point. He would never go on bended knee to defend himself for something that needs no defense. He would not give them authority in any matter related to lockdowns and mandates
So when the date came to continue the hearing, Tony rejected the opportunity to defend himself. After the scheduled hearing which he did not attend, he instead sent a video shaming the judge, prosecutors and agents of the ABC.
ABC agents conducted follow up undercover investigations, this time with
law enforcement assistance, and charged us with additional multiple violations,
again threatening the same consequences, so again came more court dates.
Again we responded by rejecting and refusing to appear at any court dates.
Tony also fired off another video challenging the ABC court, but this time he also addressed 'gavin pelosi' directly, mocking and shaming him.
gavin pelosi ordered a curfew. we respond by publicly extending our evening operating hours for the first time in 21 years.
OSHA agents visited our business to conduct an inspection
related to lockdown "mandate violations". We denied them entry. They in response threatened to return with the police and a search warrant.
They as promised, returned several weeks later with the police and a search warrant.
we again turned them away, denying entry. They have since fined us $152,060.00 by OSHA. They too offered us an opportunity to defend ourselves in hearings, to make changes to our operations, in order to come into compliance with lockdown related
mandates, and to negotiate away the fines. We have ignored all correspondence, because we will not acknowledge any agency or agents of the 'mini dictators' enforcing these mandates. We will give them no authority over us in these ridiculous and tyrannical matters.
Our landlord who apparently disagrees with our stand for Liberty and Freedom, attempts to evict us, not once but twice.
Impending 'proof of vaccine' mandates in California are proposed.
We responded by hitting back with another public message of defiance, our 'Proof of Being Unvaccinated to Enter' policy.
The media and the haters again went on the attack, including
CNN's 'Little Chris Cuomo'. He was apparently not smart enough to get the point of the policy. SEE IT HERE
We also responded by selling shirts bearing our new slogan design, 'Leave the Vax, Take the Cannoli', again donating all profits to Veterans charity, 'Patriots and Paws'.
'Paramount Pictures' again warned us to cease and desist from using
our 'Godfather' inspired anti-mandate / anti- tyranny / Pro-Freedom messages.
We ignored them.
Twice since draping our giant 18 ft. American flag over the front of our business, our landlord has asked us to take it down, the last time threatening if we don't remove it, they will. In response we warned them if they try touching the flag, we will drape an even bigger one covering the whole building. It remains!
The left wing members on the city of Huntington Beach tried using a technicality to strip us of our liquor license, seeking revenge for Tony coming to the defense of a conservative minded city official, who they were trying to oust.
We publicly declared we were ready to go to battle over this threat, and this issue also went away. The liquor license remains.
However with our landlord trying to evict us for over two years, since we began our fight against the lockdown 'tiny tyrants' in March, 2020, he has resumed his efforts to evict our restaurant over our big American flag.
In late June, 2022, a judge threw out his eviction case against us.
But the first five year term of our lease ends on July 31, 2022, and even though we have exercised our option to extend for another five years, and even have another five year option after that, the landlord is trying to now cancel the lease, so that we cannot renew.
This is our current battle against just another 'Enemy of Freedom'!
Stay tuned for what's next ...