Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria is turning lemons into lemonaide.
In the wake of a ban on gatherings of 50 or more people, aimed at slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Paul Hadfield, publican of the Spinnakers, has closed his business for two weeks and donated all of his perishable food to the Mustard Seed.
“This level of anxiety is not a good thing,” said Hadfield. “We want to do our part to make this virus go away. We decided the best way to do it is to put everything on hold for two weeks on the hope that life will get back to normal more quickly.”
Hadfield has donated the contents of two 10-feet by 15-feet walk-in coolers — a significant amount of fresh produce, dairy products and other items with a short shelf life.
All the food will benefit the Mustard Seed, a non-profit organization that runs a food bank in Greater Victoria.
Hadfield isn’t dwelling on the loss of income, or the value of the food, insisting: “It’s just the responsible thing to do.”