The Large Board restaurant proprietor responds after compelled closure over COVID-19 mandates

The co-owner of The Large Board stated that as a result of his restaurant refused to bend to Washington, D.C.’s vaccine mandate, his institution has been slapped with well being code violations and compelled to close down.

Eric Flannery stated his employees has been battered by native businesses who’ve positioned large indicators on his door and dominated that The Large Board can not promote alcohol, in response to feedback he made whereas talking on NewsTalk 105.9 WMAL Thursday.

Nevertheless, that didn’t cease patrons from supporting the enterprise, Flannery stated.


“We complied, and guess what, we have been busy all weekend. We have been a bar-restaurant that couldn’t serve alcohol, and we have been busy,” he informed O’Connor & Firm.

Then the Well being Division got here on Tuesday, in response to Flannery.

“The Division of Well being got here in whereas all of the senators and good folks have been there on the restaurant, they usually informed us that they have been going to summarily droop our enterprise license,” he stated. “They eliminated the enterprise license. So, we have been closed yesterday, and we’re going to be closed right this moment.”

He tried to attraction each his liquor license suspension and Well being Division suspension however alleged that the Well being Division wouldn’t permit him to file by 3:00 p.m., Flannery stated.

The native restaurant proprietor is required to indicate up by 1:15 p.m., he stated.

No punishment has befallen The Large Board but, however Flannery insisted he has felt the total drive of Washington’s governmental businesses.

“What we, what we’ll get proper now’s a gathering with the D.C. APRA board of administrators. It is a group of six folks that’s appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the town council. I need to go along with that assembly and attempt to persuade them that we must be open as a result of we’re doing completely nothing incorrect,” he stated.

The Large Board proprietor has no opinions on the vaccine and stated it’s not his job to ensure folks have obtained the jab.

“I’m not a authorities agent, and, fairly frankly, it’s not my job to test your private medical historical past so that you can are available. I belief you, I imagine in you, simply how I’ve all of those years,” Flannery famous.

“I’m not a medical physician, I don’t have any opinions on the vaccine. It is best to speak together with your medical physician and make an knowledgeable determination by yourself and resolve that.”

A GoFundMe account and authorized protection fund have been set as much as assist The Large Board, he stated.


“We all know we’re proper. We all know we’re doing the proper factor. We all know persons are nonetheless coming,” in response to Flannery. “It is unbelievable. I am unable to imagine the help.”