Well, apparently the owners of Cronies do not like the consequences brought on by their actions of the last 1½ years.
They chose to defy the recommendations of public health officials and medical professionals by remaining open during the pandemic and now are “crying” to the Agoura Hills City Council when action is taken against them.
Most of the vociferous, sign-carrying crowd that appeared at last week’s City Council meeting did not appear to be residents of our city. Their ridicule and not-so-veiled threats of recall, legal action and opposition to reelection should be disregarded as bullying.
I will choose to support the many restaurants that did comply with CDC, state and county recommendations. Instead of defiance, they took the initiative to enhance take-out options, build beautiful outdoor eating areas and show concern for us. Those are the restaurants that have had and will continue to have my business, not Cronies.
Again, I urge the support of the restaurants that really care about doing business in Agoura Hills. Our community will not miss Cronies. There are plenty of sports bars.
What a travesty this is, and shame on the Agoura Hills City Council for overstepping its authority and the law. What they did to Cronies Sports Grill is unconstitutional.
May I remind you, Cronies feeds our fireman and strangers during the wildfires. They host team parties for our kids’ sports programs. They are a big employer to the area. They are solid citizens supporting the community in so many ways.
They stayed open so employees could feed their families, and they abided by the rules as best as possible without causing catastrophic problems for their family and the business.
They stayed outside and were socially distanced. The employees always wore masks.
May I also remind you, there is no constitutional law that gave the city the right to close any business down.
Editor’s note: Cronies was shut down not because of a “constitutional law” vested in the city and the county, but because the restaurant operated without city and county permits. The permits were pulled because the venue violated public health orders during the pandemic.