Chuck’s Burger Bar has announced its permanent closure after allegations of rape and sexual harassment were directed at a former employee at the end of January.
The news was announced by the Greater Victoria restaurant in an Instagram post made on Monday.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the closing of Chuck’s Burger Bar. Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the past couple of years,” reads a statement from the restaurant.
“New tenants have taken over the location. We wish the new owners every success in their venture.”
The company has found itself facing public backlash after accusations towards the former staff member came to light after a handful of posts on social media accused him of sexual harassment, assault and rape.
After the allegations surfaced and the employee was fired, Chuck’s closed its doors temporarily, however, there were ongoing cries from the public to have the restaurant permanently shut down.
In the weeks following the employee’s firing, protests were held both outside of Chuck’s and outside of Victoria Police headquarters, with demonstrators condemning sexual violence and the restaurant’s perceived behaviour.
Organizers at the protests were pushing for action to be taken in an effort to bring survivors of sexual assault justice.
In the middle of February, the restaurant appeared to be going through some changes as Chuck’s window stickers were seen being removed from the restaurant’s location on Yates Street in downtown Victoria.
In addition to the window signs, the wooden sign that hung above the front entrance had also been removed from its bracket.
Plastic coverings could be seen on the tables and chairs inside the restaurant, while red construction tape hung outside.
At this time, it was unclear if the restaurant was permanently closing, changing hands, changing its name or simply undergoing renovations.
Today’s Instagram post indicates, however, that Chuck’s will no longer be in operation and there is a new tenant moving in.
“It has been a privilege being part of the Greater Victoria business community. As a continued commitment to our city, we will be making a donation to the Pacific Centre Family Services Association, an organization that does amazing work helping those affected by sexual violence,” continues the statement.
“We are determined to bring positive and lasting changes for the betterment of our community.”