Toronto 'Pickle Barrel' restaurant PERMANENTLY closes after 40 years due to lockdown restrictions

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Are shuttered businesses part of the new normal? Sure seems to be that way.

The Pickle Barrel Grand restaurant, a Yorkdale mainstay, was planning on celebrating its 40th anniversary next year. What should have been a story of success has turned into one of tragedy.

Alas, the Pickle Barrel has now joined the growing list of COVID business casualties. 

The eatery’s small patio and limited takeout/delivery service wasn't enough to pay the bills — one of them being $12,000/month for hydro alone. And so it is that this restaurant near Yonge-Dundas Square is now shuttered, joining a list of more than 100 other Hogtown eateries that have succumbed to the Wuhan virus lockdown protocols. 

And get this: Toronto Mayor John Tory was recently given a chance by the province to get his city out of the current Stage 2 lockdown that it is mired in... and Tory said no.

He said he needs more time... but more time for what? More time seems to only mean more businesses going under, and more Canadians losing their jobs.

These economic smackdowns are all in the name of public safety. But is that valid? The World Health Organization recently pronounced that locking down the economy is NOT a good way to handle the Wuhan virus pandemic; that this sort of “cure” is actually worse than the sickness itself. 

So, here’s the deal!

Are you an entrepreneur on the brink of losing everything?

Are you at your financial breaking point? 

Are you unable to pay the rent and all of your other expenses — through no fault of your own, but all because the state is demanding you keep your shop closed for no valid reason? 

If this is the case, I want to tell your story. Let me know what is going on by heading over to

Tell me your story, and I’ll tell the world — I’ll let politicians know the pain they’re causing to small businesses and hardworking Canadians. And I’ll let your supportive customers know that you’re not going down without a fight!

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  • By David Menzies


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