CA resto owner requiring “proof of being unvaccinated” has odd interview with CNN’s Cuomo

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Recently, a Southern California restaurant owner made a buzz for putting up notice barring vaccinated people from entering his establishment. Then, he appeared at CNN and had an eccentric interview with Chris Cuomo.

“Notice: Proof of being unvaccinated required,” read the sign seen at Italian restaurant Basilico’s Pasta e Vino in Huntington Beach. The establishment is owned by Tony Roman.

Apart from the text, the poster also showed a graphic suggesting a pair of hands breaking a syringe apart. “We have zero tolerance for treasonous, anti-American stupidity. Thank you for pondering.”


The owner was interviewed by Cuomo regarding the anti-vaccination posting but their talk was suddenly thrown off the track.

“Is this a little bit of a joke?” CNN’s Cuomo raised. “Can you give me some hope that you really don’t want people to get vaccinated so they can come to your restaurant?”

“That’s a good question,” Roman said. “You’re a smart guy. It’s an IQ test. Like I say to people when they ask me, if they’re so blinded with their rage and their hate, if you still don’t understand it, we should put up a sign that says you’re too stupid to come into the restaurant. I mean, it’s very simple, just like you said, I think you figured it out. Am I right?”

“I don’t even know what you’re saying right now,” the CNN’s journalist said.

“We’re making a point,” Roman said, adding that the effort was “not an anti-vaccine stand, but a pro-freedom stand.”

Roman went on blasting Cuomo, even bringing up New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Cuomo’s brother, on his management of nursing homes when the pandemic broke.

After swinging back and forth, Cuomo ended the interview and apologized for inviting the restaurant owner, KRON4 reported.

It remained unclear how Roman would confirm his customers are unvaccinated.