When the restaurant closures hit close to home

This post came across my feed.

This hits particularly close to home. Emma’s was an iconic restaurant here in Burlington. For thirty years the restaurant was a fixture on the Burlington waterfront. Many young men and women got their first jobs working there. For patrons it was a home to many firsts.

For me a standout memory was renting out their party room to host my wife’s and mine wedding rehearsal party. To say that Emma’s was more than just a place to get food is an understatement. Which explains the outpouring of grief and shock online to the news of it’s closure.

The need for commercial rent eviction protection is needed more than ever for small businesses and restaurants in Canada. The provincial governments need to step up now to ensure that theses businesses are able to survive this pandemic. If they fail to act, then Emma’s is only going to be the first in a long line of closures.

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