BIERGARTEN: City Of Boca Raton Ignoring Massive Mask Violations At Restaurant

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Biergarten Is Owned By Restaurateur Responsible For Several Boca Raton Eateries.

Is City Looking The Other Way?

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No masks at Biergarten on Saturday, January 9, 2021. The City of Boca Raton is apparently disinterested in taking action against popular restaurant group.

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BOCA RATON, FL ( — Despite surging COVID-19 infections and deaths, The City of Boca Raton is apparently disinterested in mask violations at a bar that’s part of a popular restaurant group employing many in the area.

We published these somewhat astonishing photos taken at Biergarten (309 Via De Palmas) over the weekend, showing blatant COVID-19 violations with large groups of people neither socially distancing nor wearing masks. Even a bartender, as you see below, is using her mask to cover her neck but not her face.

No mask on bartender at Biergarten in Boca Raton. (January 9, 2021).

Biergarten, according to the Florida Secretary of State, is owned by Arturo Gismondi, the owner of Cannoli Kitchen, La Nouvelle Maison, Luff’s Fish House, Trattoria Romana, and other local establishments. Gismondi did not immediately respond to a message left Tuesday. No one responded to an email message transmitted to Biergarten on Monday. The restaurant’s voicemail box was full.

City of Boca Raton Spokesperson Chrissy Gibson wouldn’t answer questions about what the City is specifically going to do following the photos being published — other than to say she’d pass on information to code enforcement.

Maskless at Biergarten Boca Raton, January 9, 2021.

She wrote, “I would suggest (anyone concerned) use the City’s ‘report a concern feature,” referencing a link on a city website.

The City of Boca Raton has come under scrutiny for its continued lack of COVID-19 enforcement measures. While Florida Governor Ron DeSantis currently prohibits individuals from being fined, the City has taken what appears to be a Laissez Faire approach to fining businesses, something it’s allowed to do. Boca Raton City Code Enforcement tends to arrive hours or days after a violation is reported. We reported on an incident back in September where the City of Boca Raton code enforcement team took no action following a maskless event that required police intervention.

The incident at Biergarten comes as COVID-19 numbers are surging locally and statewide. Florida has reported well over 100,000 COVID-19 cases in the past several days with hundreds of deaths. In Palm Beach County, roughly 5,000 new COVID-19 cases have been recorded over the past week as the death count hit 1,972.

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4 thoughts on “BIERGARTEN: City Of Boca Raton Ignoring Massive Mask Violations At Restaurant

  1. How about you a–holes find something else to do instead of being a bunch of Karen’s, hurting an already crushed industry? Bars and Restaurants are not the problem nor are gyms. There is zero common sense in your argument. California and NY have had some of the ridiculous rules and yet they have the highest death and cases per capita. You can not stop an invisible virus with the resturant business or a paper mask.

    1. Boca news now is a bunch of liberal hag tools with absolutely no life. I ENJOY NOT WEARING A MASK KARENS! And guess what, I haven’t gotten COVID probably despite being as mask free as I can be! Leave Biergarten alone, LOSERS! Instead, go complain about the tables being dirty at the bingo hall!

  2. If you’re not comfortable there, stay the hell home! The virus will go away soon but many small businesses will never come back. Stop helping that along!

  3. Common Sense, youre lacking knowledge and therefor you lack common sense. NY and CA do NOT have the highest death rates PER CAPITA. No 1 is NJ (227 per 100,00). NY is No 2 (208/100k), FL is No 25 (110/100k), CA is far behind CA No 32 (89/100k). NY and CA
    What a bizarre concept, that because a virus is not visible to the naked eye (invisible), its’ futile to fight it. LOL
    Such talk doesn’t save lives. Neither does your ignorance and the fact that you believe common sense prevails over medical science in fighting disease. Where did you get your medical training?
    Your inability to understand even the simplest term (per capita) precludes you from expressing an informed opinion. Don’t even bother trying to interpret FACTS.
    Furthermore, a “Karen” is someone that throws an irrational tantrum and resorts to 5th grader name-calling (a-holes), not someone who shows people acting in an illegal manner while posing a threat to society. I would say that makes YOU the Karen. Good luck. Go to school.