Calgary Herald

Shut-down restaurant says food only served to workers

- BRODIE THOMAS twitter: @brodie_thomas

The manager of a southwest Calgary pizza restaurant shut down by Alberta Health Services said they were not serving the general public when an AHS inspector walked in to find food on a table.

The Little Tavern Pizza Project, at 5-5555 Strathcona Hill S.W., was ordered to close its dining room Dec. 23.

The inspector's report noted that the operator was providing dinein food service, and patrons from different households were seated fewer than two metres apart.

Keith Luce, manager at the Little Tavern Pizza Project, said the diners were employees.

“That was the day we were basically laying out plans for our shutdown, and giving them their official layoff letter,” said Luce. “And then there was food we were testing for our new carry-away menu.”

Luce said fewer than 10 employees were there and the restaurant was “trying to do something nice for people we were laying off.”

Alberta announced a mandatory closure of all dine-in service at restaurant­s, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes on Dec. 13. At the time, Premier Jason Kenney said the closures were intended to last for at least one month, in the hopes of bringing down the number of daily COVID-19 cases.

Restaurant­s can continue to provide take-away and delivery service during this time.

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