Situated in the town of Huntington Beach, the restaurant displayed the controversial notice in their window and on their social media accounts.
‘NOTICE: Proof of being UNvaccinated required’, the sign read, before continuing that they ‘have zero tolerance for treasonous, anti-American stupidity’ in the small print.
Since their announcement, the restaurant said they have received ‘non-stop phone calls, haters, threats and hundreds of one-star reviews’. Despite the backlash, Basilico’s said they wear the negative response as a badge of honour. They since took to Instagram in a detailed post:
‘ATTENTION: Tiny tyrants, wannabe little dictators, pro-lockdown / pro-mask / pro-mandatory vaccine mini Gestapo American traitors and snitches, and yes, especially ‘Gaving Pelosi’ and ‘Stronzo Fauci’... We feel blessed to go into battle against all of you in defense of American liberty and freedom, so bring it on!’
Tony Roman, the owner of Basilico’s Pasta e Vino, told the Los Angeles Times that they were fighting ‘tyrants’.
“With warning signs of another impending lockdown, and many business owners again emboldening those who I refer to as ‘the lockdown tiny tyrants’ — this time by imposing proof-of-vaccination policies — we chose to fire another missile of defiance to further make our point in defense of American liberty and freedom”, Tony said.
One employee told the newspaper that customers won’t actually have to produce physical proof as the only official document available is for those who are fully vaccinated.
According to the LA Times, there has been an average of almost 5,000 new Covid cases a day in California. Just over half (55 per cent) of people in Orange County – where the restaurant is located – have been fully vaccinated.