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Embattled restaurant owner who defied LB COVID-19 health orders closes its doors


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Dana Tanner, the controversial restaurant owner who defied Long Beach COVID-19 health orders, announced Monday she will be shutting down Restauration, the LB Post reports.

Quick refresher: Tanner gained national attention last November after openly serving patrons on the patio weeks after the County entered its stay-at-home order and hosting a small New Year's Eve dinner.

  • In February, the city revoked the restaurants' health permit. In January, the city shut off gas to the restaurant and even threatened to cut off the water.

  • Despite facing misdemeanor charges, Tanner was also accused of installing an unauthorized flex connection from an adjacent unit's gas supply running to Restauration. She later denied installing the gas connector.

  • Even with the closure of her business Tanner still has to face tens of thousands of dollars in fines and penalties, as well as 20 criminal charges and the possibility of eviction, for failing to follow coronavirus health orders and then continuing to work after the city revoked her health permit.

What she's saying:

  • "I just don't want to cringe or have a panic attack every time a Public Works vehicle drives by my restaurant," Tanner told the Post.

  • "I don't want to be looking over the shoulder for the rest of my life fighting for my business in Long Beach, so I just made the hard decision to close," Tanner said.

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