UPDATE: Big Pine Two Brothers from Italy Challenges Inyo County Authority on COVID-19 Health Orders | Court date set for Wednesday, 8/12

Brett Callahan stands outside of Bishop City Hall with American flag protesting county health orders

(Update Aug. 10, 2020) From Two Brothers from Italy, Big Pine Facebook  Page:

“Two Brothers Big Pine Will Be Closed Wed 12th, we will be in court with Dr. James Richardson and Inyo County Deputy County Counsel Ms. Chuchoia, Sorry folks But please come and support us if you can”

Sierra Wave posted an article on Inyo County facing placement on state’s Watch List while making progress on enforcement of COVID-19 health orders | Brief Respite on August 9 in which Inyo County Administrative Officer, Clint Quilter, outlined the county’s approach to enforcing its health orders to ensure compliance with businesses that are non-compliant.

Two Brothers from Italy in Big Pine has been a topic of discussion on local social media for some time as being non-compliant. There have been supporters and detractors, although the latter far outnumber those that support the restaurant. Apparently, efforts at persuasion by county health officials and staff failed to get the desired result, hence the court action on Wednesday.

What’s clear in this court action is that Inyo County will do what is necessary to enforce health orders and protect its residents, especially given the explosion of 17 new positive COVID-19 cases revealed late Monday afternoon by county health officials and the two recent deaths from the contagion at the Bishop Care Center last week. County health officials want to head off what could become a train wreck should the coronavirus spiral out of control of the local hospitals’ capacity to handle it.

August 7, 2020: Original Posted Article:

What could possibly go wrong? For months, husband, Brett Callahan and wife, Giovanna Lomedico, owner’s of the popular pizza business known as Two Brothers of Italy, located in the Town of Big Pine, have made comments, mostly on social media, that the health orders issued by Inyo County Public Health are not legal, not Constitutional, and not “law.” Many have pointed out that they are wrong, but they seem determined to press their beliefs.

After a photo of Callahan (not wearing a mask) was posted on Facebook holding an American flag with two of his small  children (wearing masks) on the steps of Bishop City Hall, the couple defiantly issued the challenge to county health officials on social media, posting on the local Facebook Group, Butt Hurt Owens Valley. They announced that:

“Two Brothers Big Pine will open for lunch tomorrow from 11am to 3pm,And yes we have gotten to this point Inyo County Health Department sent Inyo County Inyo Building Inspectors to in force the health department laws, Game on Inyo County, Two Brothers will feed the Community And You Will Not Stop Us!!!!!”

It will be interesting to see how the County of Inyo, which has been accused of not enforcing health orders that have led up to this situation and the increasing numbers of positive Covid-19 cases, will respond. In the last few weeks, it has become increasingly clear that the county, and other cities, counties, and states across the country, are willing to start enforcing health orders on preventing the spread of the Coronavirus.

Perhaps it is time for the courts to take up the extent to, and the limitations of, just what authority governments have to enforce health orders to limit the spread of a pandemic that threatens the lives of their residents and citizens.

Two Brothers from Italy has 6  locations, most found in So. California. Company’s headquarters is located in Oceanside, Calif.

Sierra Wave spoke with a few local business owners in Big Pine and Bishop for their opinion of the matter, and they mostly appear to support the county’s position on the wearing of masks and other preventative protocols. A few expressed their anger that, while they were doing what they could to enforce the rules, the owners of Two Brothers of Italy were openly flouting it.

The overwhelming position on social media is that the county should enforce its health orders, even if that means shutting down the restaurant. Others say that they will never step foot inside the business, not now nor in the future.

That is not to say that everyone agrees, Who does in today’s politically charged climate? There are those that agree with the couple, generally on the same grounds that the couple are voicing. But even here, there are others that have told Sierra Wave that, noticing the names of the people supporting this cause, they have started to make decisions on who to do business with in the future…and who not to do business. Some have even admitted to have begun to “socially distance” themselves from some of those advocating defying the governments efforts to control the spread of the contagion. Which is probably okay with the Callahan-Lomedico supporters. Like in much of our politics today, common sense and comity has largely flown out the window.

There is a total of six Two Brothers from Italy Restaurants, mostly found in Southern California. Sierra Wave is reaching out to the main office to ask if the company supports their local franchise owners and do the other Two Brothers restaurants hold to the same policies of not wearing masks or enforcing local health orders.

This comes on the heels of the announcement of deaths of two elderly residents of the Bishop Care Center, a fact likely not lost on Inyo County authorities and many residents and business owners. It is the elderly and medically compromised adults that are at greatest risk of death from the Coronavirus Pandemic.


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74 Responses to UPDATE: Big Pine Two Brothers from Italy Challenges Inyo County Authority on COVID-19 Health Orders | Court date set for Wednesday, 8/12

  1. Concerned citizen August 12, 2020 at 6:22 pm #

    I have lived here for over 25 years here and most of the comments here make me sick. I see a business here that respects the wishes of people that come into their restaurant that may have a medical issue to not wear a mask. If you all want to sign up to be the Gestapo for the Biden Campaign I am sure you will be able to get a job. These people just want to make a living just like everyone else here. I will still support this business. If you don’t want to eat there don’t that’s your prerogative. I hope this business keeps fighting for their rights. Just for a side note you all should look and see that Orange County was hit with a law suit over the mask mandate. It is unlawful and against the law to shut down business’s because this is not a law. Some of the politicians I think have resigned because they didn’t want to go to jail. Inyo county maybe the next on the list.

    • Dee August 13, 2020 at 11:52 am #

      Gestapo for the Biden campaign?
      Now that’s quite the hyperbolic nonsense fairy tale!!
      Looks like it didn’t go so well for them in court yesterday….,even with Biden’s Gestapo roaming around.

    • Stop non-essential travel August 13, 2020 at 4:09 pm #

      Um….. I think you’re referring to Orange County Florida with the lawsuit thing……right county, wrong state 🙂

  2. Walter Sobchak August 11, 2020 at 8:37 am #

    I’m still patiently waiting for the Sierra Wave to write an article about the Blue Lives Matter rally that was held at the Bishop City Park over the weekend. Surely Charles James will write something about it in the spirit of “journalism”.

    • Charles James August 11, 2020 at 9:31 am #

      Walter, we did an over-the-air report on the Pro-police rally on yesterday’s newscast, which is broadcast four times a day. Sorry that you must have missed it. We are also working on an article for posting on the news website with photos of the event. It is in DRAFT form at present. It takes time to put something together. In this case, matching photos to names, double-checking quotes, etc.
      We also have other competing news that we are attempting to cover, such as the spiraling COVID-19 numbers and the impact on our health care infrastructure, as well as the consequences to schools and the negative economic consequences if Inyo County is placed on the state’s counties’ Watch List,
      And then there was the announcement of the 2020 Tri-County Fairground cancellation, the recent news on the Two Brothers’ case, which we only very recently became aware, and other news that pops up. There is a lot going on. We do the best we can to cover the news from Bridgeport to Pearsonville. That’s a lot of ground for just two people, one a part-time writer working under COVID-19 restrictions, to cover, especially for a radio station that is not all-news-all-the-time.
      I was personally asked by text if we could cover the rally (and it was a rally, not a protest) as it was invite sent out by text-only. Few knew about the event as it was not promoted on social media or other normal channels. Apparently, there was concern that “opposition” might show up, although other rallies have shown very little evidence of that. They were not looking for confrontation and it was their call to make.
      Personally, I was happy to be there and the people attending were terrific, which is not surprising here in Inyo County. Personally, I don’t see supporting law enforcement as a problem. Are there some politics behind it? Of course. What isn’t turned into a political litmus test nowadays? But I happen to support our local law enforcement and law enforcement in general. Much like many at the rally, I have concerns on policing that I hope will be continued to be addressed, but personally, I don’t favor “defunding” police if it endangers the public’s safety. Stay tuned!

      • Walter Sobchak August 13, 2020 at 8:59 am #

        Still waiting for the Blue Lives Matter story. How is the draft coming?

        • Charles James August 13, 2020 at 10:18 am #

          Still working on it. I was up in Bishop for a good part of yesterday covering an important story. It will get done when I finally have the time to finish it. Considering I was the ONLY journalist invited to cover it, and from a local law enforcement official, it will get done, but really, as I’ve told you, you presume too much of my time. As you know, there have been some significant developments in the news over the past week that required coverage. Not every thing in this life is political…well, at least not yet.

          • Walter Sobchak August 13, 2020 at 12:45 pm #

            Thanks for the update, Charles. And thanks for not censoring me this time.

  3. Almost Native August 10, 2020 at 8:02 pm #

    I think the owners are probably correct about all the hog wash rules. But I do think they should be shut down if they don’t follow the mask and distance rules . If they exposed people to food poisoning they would be shut down in a New York minute. This virus is worse. The owners are good people, But they should do all they can to protect their customers.
    I don’t think jail or fines help anyone.

  4. Inyo Arabians August 10, 2020 at 11:34 am #

    “Welcome to the Freedom Cafe! We trust you to make your own choices if you want to wear a face mask. And, in the same spirit of individual liberty, we allow our staff to make their own choices about the safety procedures they prefer to follow as they prepare and serve your food.

    We encourage employees to wash their hands after using the bathroom, but understand that some people may be allergic to certain soaps or may simply prefer not to wash their hands. It is not our place to tell them what to do.

    We understand that you may be used to chicken that has been cooked to 165 degrees. We do have to respect that some of our cooks may have seen a meme or a YouTube video saying that 100 degrees is sufficient, and we do not want to encroach on their beliefs.

    Some of our cooks may prefer to use the same utensils for multiple ingredients, including ingredients some customers are allergic to. That is a cook’s right to do so.

    Some servers may wish to touch your food as they serve it. There is no reason that a healthy person with clean hands can’t touch your food. We will take their word for it that they are healthy and clean
    Water temperature and detergent are highly personal choices, and we allow our dishwashing team to decide how they’d prefer to wash the silverware you will put in your mouth.

    Some of you may get sick, but almost everyone survives food poisoning. We think you’ll agree that it’s a small price to pay for the sweet freedom of no one ever being told what to do – and especially not for the silly reason of keeping strangers healthy.”

    • Dee August 13, 2020 at 11:53 am #

      Freedumb Cafe

  5. David Dennison August 9, 2020 at 10:24 am #

    My bet is,judging from the comments here and public opinion,this Husband-Wife pizza shop owners didn’t expect this response and maybe wish they handled it a little bit different.
    Probably expecting locals,after going by and purchasing one of their pizzas,joining them on the Bishop City Hall steps,waving their American flags and chanting,expecting everyone passing by honking their horns and agreeing with them.
    Doubt that’s going to happen.
    Thing is,IMO,when you obviously put money and the all-mighty dollar above everything else,people are usually smart enough to see that.
    When rules,regulations and requests take a back seat to that,like some are saying here,what else do they do and have done in and at their business to cut corners,for the sake of making more $$$ and ignoring public health and safety.
    When I go to Bishop,it’s usually early morning and heading back south through Big Pine around noon,and have thought of stopping by their pizza restaurant,getting a pizza and coke and having a pic-a-nic outside of town along the creek and doing some fishing,once this tourist season slows down a bit.
    Not anymore.
    Now,if I get that pizza urge,it’s buying one in Bishop before I leave town,keeping it warm for another 20 minutes or so and then hitting the creek or Owens River outside of Big Pine….COVID worries or not.

  6. johndoeml August 8, 2020 at 4:59 pm #

    Given the resistance to public health, why would anyone trust Two Brothers in other areas such as basic sanitation or discarding out of date food?

    • Inyo K August 9, 2020 at 5:35 am #

      At this rate, I count myself lucky I never got salmonella from their chicken parm.

  7. Inyo K August 8, 2020 at 12:47 pm #

    I hope they get their franchise license revoked.

    • American Freedom?? August 8, 2020 at 4:06 pm #

      It’s pretty sad that fellow Americans are publicly bashing these business owners for exercising their first amendment right to protest some unconstitutional rules forced onto us by the government. I bet if they burned down pizza factory in the name of BLM they’d be deemed mostly peaceful patriots exercising their rights.

      • Dee August 8, 2020 at 6:51 pm #

        Public health and safety measures during a global pandemic are not unconstitutional by any means whatsoever.

      • FishinDay395 August 8, 2020 at 7:28 pm #

        Im personally sick and tired or people pulling the unconstitutional card in this matter and politicizing this. This is a public health matter that effects every single one of us and especially the elderly and vulnerable in our community plain and simple. I think the potential of pizza factory burning down from a BLM protest as you are suggesting is actually highly unlikely. Given the peaceful nature of those protests here in Bishop which I’ve personally witnessed myself your statement is pretty far fetched and most likely politically driven by false views of these protesters. They are simply Exercising their right to seek equal rights peacefully. If anything these protesters aren’t holding AR15’s like other protesters I’ve seen recently. I’m sure it would be ANTIFA though right? Antifa everywhere right? Let’s focus on reality and the fact this is a unprecedented public health issue that needs to be taken seriously to protect our communities population so we can move forward and put this behind us. It’s this ridiculous unconstitutional card that’s going to prolong this. I’m positive if someone was trying to suppress our constitutional rights it wouldn’t be their master plan to force people to wear a simple piece of cloth or forcing someone to wash their hands…..

      • Stop non-essential travel August 9, 2020 at 7:29 am #

        “public bashing” -? I’m sure he can take it, afterall he’s standing on a public sidewalk, with his kids, waving an american flag, and apparently making his personal feelings known, by making statements on a public forum.

  8. Philip Anaya August 8, 2020 at 9:22 am #

    What hasn’t the covid pandemic had an effect upon? Along with the loss of personal liberties, personal choice is the drastic effect on everyone’s financial outlook. There are not too many business plans that can reconcile this pandemic. Folks are desperate and Washington is gridlocked and mostly unresponsive to the needs of many of us. The thing however that we all share in this pandemic and it overrides everything, is personal responsibility to keep others safe. A restaurant is not supposed to serve up food and drink that makes folks ill nor should they serve up covid infections. The Health Department has the job of looking out for us and everyone should appreciate and cooperate with all the covid mitigation rules and regs. What is sadly happening now at the Bishop Care Center, despite all the efforts to sustain the folks there, is what happens when individuals treasure their liberties over their responsibilities.

  9. Jodi Friedlander August 8, 2020 at 6:38 am #

    I’m a nutritionist and a retired writer of nutrition curriculum. I read full-length research studies for information. As someone who also hates mask wearing, I’ve taken a very good look at what the non-biased scientific research has so far found on mask wearing. Basically, for people like me and these restaurant owners, the conclusions aren’t good. It looks like masks, while not as protective as most people might want to think, do indeed HELP prevent transmission of all viruses except, perhaps, rhinoviruses (one of the viruses that causes the common cold). Of course, this depends on the type of masks (our homemade cloth ones being the worst) and on HOW they’re worn and cared for. Still, they DO help. Another point I’d like to make is that anyone eating wheat, barley, and/or oat products that are not organic, i.e., breads, pizzas, breakfast cereals, even beer, are subjecting themselves to large residues of glyphosate (RoundUp). Glyphosate is BAD for the immune system. It impairs our good gut bacteria (one of the first patents for RoundUp was for its actions as an antibiotic). Our gut bacteria prime and inform our immune systems. It’s thought that up to 80% of our immune competence arises from our guts. So, while I sympathize with these restaurant owners regarding the heinousness of mask wearing, I think they’re way off base, especially since they make and sell food that will compromise us all. And this immunocompromising, of course, goes for other local restaurants that many people know and love.

    • Stop non-essential travel August 8, 2020 at 5:43 pm #

      Thanks for your insight Jodi – you are absolutely right about the gut biome and its importance in our functional health.

  10. Tina hopkins August 7, 2020 at 11:14 pm #

    When it hits someone healthy you may know , and they don’t make it , for the ones that want give up their rights, because . …. . Oh selfish, heartless

  11. Chris August 7, 2020 at 4:51 pm #

    A person should be able to make a living, we all have a choice in this , either go to the restaurant or don’t go, it’s that simple.

    • FishinDay395 August 7, 2020 at 7:06 pm #

      Also pretty simple to put a featherweight mask on. Just sayin….

    • Charles O. Jones August 8, 2020 at 10:53 am #

      If only it was that simple.

    • Dee August 8, 2020 at 2:48 pm #

      It’s not that simple.
      The reckless behavior ongoing at that restaurant has the potential to spread far beyond that location. Do you know how this virus is spread?
      What is just as reckless, negligent at this point is the fact our local government hasn’t shut down this restaurant. This is what everyone gets with the absurd government is the problem attitude and frankly ignorance.
      For our elected officials to sit back and do nothing is wrong, disgraceful, disgusting and beyond pathetic.

      • Try to Know What You’re Talking About August 11, 2020 at 4:10 pm #

        Dee, I hope you read the update slapped onto this story because it should show you how I’m incorrect and unfair your statements were about the county and elected officials are “sit(ting) back” and doing nothing. The county does have enforcement mechanisms at its disposal but the business, just like any citizen, is still entitled to due process — which takes time. The county can’t just show up one day and force them to padlock their doors. That’s not how things work. Wednesday’s court date with the Public Health Officer and Inyo County Counsel’s Office is a strong good indication that the county IS doing something about it and following the legally prescribed process.

        And for those who act like Two Brothers is being forced to close — they are only being required to halt in-restaurant dining and require staff and customers to wear masks. Oh, the horror of having to take certain precautions to keep your employees and the community safe!! The injustice of being made to help ensure our covid numbers stay low so ALL of our businesses can eventually open back up!! Let’s all say a prayer for those poor put-upon pizza-makers. 🙁 I’m not one to wish ill on a business, but if they don’t care about our safety or the ability of other businesses in the county to reopen, then I say good riddance. We don’t need that kind of dangerous, selfish, irrational thinking in our business community.

        • Dee August 19, 2020 at 11:59 am #

          Yes, due process is required, and I can admit I’ve been wrong to previously say that the county should just shut them down. I do very much appreciate the way the county has handled Two Guys especially with the limited resources at their disposal.
          I agree with everything you’ve expressed, it shouldn’t be an issue for a business to abide by the safety measures. And if they refuse to do so after the county has suspended their operations, they need to face the consequences.

  12. Charles O. Jones August 7, 2020 at 4:12 pm #

    Thanks for the heads up. I now know where I’ll never eat a pizza. Any other like minded business people out there want to speak up? Please let us know where you stand so we can vote with our wallets.

  13. Jubie August 7, 2020 at 2:14 pm #

    I suppose this makes everyone feel better to vent. The fact is it’s an argument that will never be over. Just like in politics, you’re never going to convince those who think their way is right.
    Bottom line- just don’t go there if you disagree. Patronize the businesses that you want to.

  14. Tourbillon August 7, 2020 at 1:18 pm #

    A lot of intolerant malice in the comments thread and unprofessional bias in the article itself.

    I would bet most of the commenters, like the writer, have not lost their jobs. I still have mine luckily enough. So do the government bureaucrats who put hundreds of east side restaurant workers out of work for months while failing to protect the vulnerable in retirement homes. Yet we treat Two Brothers with contempt if they don’t shut up and stay home like they’re told, bearing the burden of our panicked overreaction.

    • Frankly, somewhere a village is looking for an idiot... August 7, 2020 at 11:49 pm #

      “Unprofessional bias” as opposed to what? “Professional bias?” And clearly, you have no bias of your own, right, Dr. Spock?
      Tourbillon, somewhere there must be entire villages looking for more people like you…because their own village idiots have all recently died from the coronavirus, but then you did say “I still have mine (a job).” Inquiring minds might wonder just in what local village did you find employment as their village idiot.

      • David Dennison August 8, 2020 at 7:16 am #

        You got to understand and try to accept,Tourbillion is only talking,commenting and thinking as he’s being told to,whether he believes it himself or not,like it seems many others do in this Country now.
        Unfortunately,who and what he’s listening to and obeying orders from holds the highest political office in the United States that only cares about re-election and nothing else,certainly not the health and well-being of others..
        I’m sure Tourbillion will have a lot to say when our State and local schools don’t open up for classes in the next couple weeks or so.

  15. Anonemoose August 7, 2020 at 12:34 pm #

    My wife has a compromised immune system and asthma, I have underlying health conditions. We had take out from there 4 to 6 times a month until the last three orders were terrible. The last straw was standing in line to pick up our order, next to people without masks on, I mentioned the social distancing rules (wear a mask or 6 ft apart) and they laughed that they didn’t have to wear masks – it wasn’t a real law???

    Not going back. Maybe later but I doubt it.

    • Darren August 7, 2020 at 4:49 pm #

      After reading this article, I went there for lunch and it was packed. Again, how many healthy people have died from this in Inyo county?

      • Stop non-essential travel August 7, 2020 at 6:40 pm #

        How many people do you think need to die? How about you throw a number out there ? And who does that number need to include ? Be specific, please.

      • SUP395 August 7, 2020 at 7:06 pm #

        So only “unhealthy people” die from this?! I’m sorry, would you being saying this if your love one died from this, say at the care center? This sounds like you don’t care about the elderly. How about people who have something like an auto-immune disease or other diseases, they don’t matter?!

  16. David Dennison August 7, 2020 at 12:31 pm #

    Easy answer for the locals to handle this.
    Don’t do business at their establishment if they feel they’re above the rules and can do as they please,putting others in harm’s way.
    See if they can stay in business with the few flag wavers claiming “their rights” are being violated.

    • RB Gold August 7, 2020 at 2:22 pm #

      How many of you think masks work? We were told that they don’t work from many health authorities..then we have been told they do work. Thumbs up if you think they actually work. Thumbs down if you think they don’t work. I personally have doubts that they work to stop the spread. They definitely do seem to separate us and keep us from genuine personal connection which is what I think may be the driving force behind the push for them. Momentum and continuity nation wide seemed to be growing prior to this viral outbreak and it is my fear that some of our leaders are using the circumstances to tamp down the nation wide continuity. Just my 2 cents

      • Science August 7, 2020 at 4:24 pm #

        If you don’t believe that masks work I would suggest that next time you require surgery you request that the doctors and nurses not wear them. They’ll be fine since they only wear them for your protection.

        • Frankly, your 2 cents is a waste of money... August 18, 2020 at 7:25 pm #

          Frankly, RB Gold, given the response from other readers, your 2 cents is worth a lot less than that. There is a coin shortage…and apparently, in your case, a shortage of, if not lack, common sense.

          • RB gold August 21, 2020 at 2:20 pm #

            Well then keep that mask on tight. Make sure it’s an N95 mask. Also don’t forget to keep your mind closed while you’re at it

      • Stop non-essential travel August 7, 2020 at 6:56 pm #

        I love this post: “Thumbs up if you think they actually work. Thumbs down if you think they don’t work.” grin.

  17. BobK August 7, 2020 at 11:59 am #

    hmmm. I didn’t think that you were required to wear a mask outside if you were more than 6ft away from others unless they are immediate family….Peter Bear; If you want to be governed by Garcetti, I”m sure there are plenty of us here that can tell you where to go….LA…

  18. Sierra August 7, 2020 at 11:28 am #

    Even though they are newcomers to the area, the restaurant owners are unfortunately not the only business owners/ workers in Big Pine that do not respect their fellows and wear masks. We can, and have chosen not to support those businesses- 2 restaurants and a gas station. What we can’t do is keep from running into these individuals in town, like at the post office. Simple respect for your fellow citizens goes along way. Wear a mask or shield!! The next patient maybe someone you love.

    • Mono Person August 7, 2020 at 2:51 pm #

      Post Office is a Federal building, and Feds don’t have the mask mandate.

      • Sierra August 7, 2020 at 4:09 pm #

        The post office is a small space and common sense and civility warrents mask wearing and social distancing inside( as requested on door) Also, think of the employees- respect their health . Hard to believe the selfishness of people in an area usually known for nice people. Just be part of the solution so we can all get back to “normal” please!

        • Mono Person August 8, 2020 at 7:16 am #

          I am just stating a fact, not an opinion.

          • Scott August 8, 2020 at 10:00 pm #

            Post offices do have a mask mandate. They also have social distancing mandates.

      • Stop non-essential travel August 7, 2020 at 6:17 pm #

        I think though, that although the USPS is a federal entity, it is considered an “independent office” (not funded by the feds) so can make operational decisions without federal oversight or “mandate” – therefore, they can mandate social distancing and masks if they want.

      • David Dennison August 8, 2020 at 5:20 pm #

        Mono Person
        Thankfully,most of them are using common sense and wearing one anyway,doing the right thing….not having to be “told” to do it…
        Or are you trying to say if they’re not told to wear one,that means they can’t wear one whether they want to or not,told NOT to,like what happens in those white house briefings and rallies ?

      • Des August 16, 2020 at 9:52 am #

        So no fed mask requirement, MonoPerson? So what? There’s a local one.

  19. Mono Person August 7, 2020 at 10:30 am #

    You go Two Brothers – I’ll back you!! Support small businesses!

    • Muskrat August 7, 2020 at 11:21 am #

      Yes, support small, local businesses that GENUINELY care about investing in our community in a positive way, not decisive just to try to prove some strange point that their “freedom” is being taken away.

      Again, they shouldn’t run a restaurant if they feel so strongly about their position.

    • FishinDay395 August 7, 2020 at 11:51 am #

      No one is not supporting small business here that’s just ridiculous. There’s absolutely no reason this restaurant can’t thrive during this time especially being a pizza shop that most people can take home or easily have delivered. If anything it might be able to do more business during this time. This in my opinion is the owner digging his own business grave simply for a Political stance and tantrum over a little piece of cloth that’s as easy to put on as your shirt. Which is required also btw to be served in most restaurants. Instead he’s decided to politicize this and overlook the facts and health impact on our small communities. I personally liked the food here and was excited when this came to Big Pine. However, now seeing this ridiculous display and lack of common decency for our community and lack of common sense for that matter I’ll gladly just go to the other pizza joints around that have just as good of food options. I haven’t seen any other business throwing a tantrum or politicizing this and guess what? They’re open and doing good business simply by using a piece of cloth. So l personally will just support those businesses that actually have respect for the well being and health of our communities

  20. Muskrat August 7, 2020 at 10:10 am #

    Let me guess—-they probably don’t wash their hands either because that would be another infringement of their constitutional rights!

    Snowflakes and attention whores is what you are! If you can’t be bothered to wear masks, then don’t run a restaurant. Go work at a sewage plant or something…

    Show RESPECT for our indigenous, elders, and others in our community who are especially vulnerable. The good residents of the Owens Valley will not stand for this!

  21. Peter Bear August 7, 2020 at 9:23 am #

    2 Brothers sounds like a franchise out of L.A. Their smug, snarky, defiant and stupid attitude has no place in Inyo County. If they don’t want to follow the health rules in place to protect us all, the authorities should shut off their water and electricity– just like Mayor Garcetti does to the idiots in L.A..

  22. Britney August 7, 2020 at 8:32 am #

    1st off, the bias is unreal in your story. This IS not a ” popular pizza business. The owner, and his law enforcement family is a joke. So ,here we are, we are a law enforcement family, yet we WILL NOT PLAY BY THE RULES. The diareaha they serve is way over priced, under cooked, and plain pathetic. I will be the FIRST to celebrate when they FOLD. PATHETIC BROTHERS.

    • Frankly, I hope this restaurant is shut down... August 7, 2020 at 10:40 am #

      Not to pick on you, but did you actually read the entire article?
      The writer only pointed out that the TBFI restaurants are popular. It can be seen on reviews of the restaurant online…and I know a lot of people from the San Diego area that love Two Bros. But this is not about whether you like their food…or not. It’s about the lack of respect for the law and for the health and well-being of others.
      The writer certainly was not championing their cause; if anything I had the clear impression he was not, but at least he made some attempt to give their side of the issue.
      This writer is a damn good journalist. And he is a nice guy who is well-known in our county. He’s written for the Register and The Sheet, and I’ve seen some stuff he’s written on Manzanar in Pacific Citizen, which is the official newspaper of the JACL.
      Not since the days of Benett Kessler, may she rest in peace, has Sierra Wave news been seen as prolific, proactive and straightforward in its reporting, even with the occasional “bias.” I may not always agree with this guy, James, but I look forward to listening to the news and reading about it on their website.

      • Britney August 8, 2020 at 12:56 pm #

        Frankly, frank, I did read, that biased article. I’m thinking you should REREAD it. Because in the real world, when you say in print, ” POPULAR PIZZA Business ” without a following statement as to, say why, or who, the awards won, etc, then that is BIASED.
        NOW, on to your infatuation with Charles, ITS A BIT OBSESSIVE. I seem to belive that Charles, has every option to post a comment or not. Therefore, if I hurt his feelings, I’m sure he would have, not posted my comment. So, for you, snowflake, shhhhhh, adults are talking here.

  23. Bub August 7, 2020 at 7:56 am #

    Well, I was thinking of trying the place the next time I’m in town, but it’s come off my list of things to do. I won’t support any business that refuses to take COVID seriously or show any concern for their patrons or fellow citizens. √

  24. Greg Weirick August 7, 2020 at 6:41 am #

    That building also houses the county courthouse and sheriff’s office!
    Shutting down restaurants because of the isolated issue at the Bishop Care center is wrong.
    So sad to read that staff carelessly brought in the virus and there should be criminal charges!

    • FishinDay395 August 7, 2020 at 11:39 am #

      So what about all of the positive cases outside of the care center? You consider those isolated as well? This could just as easily be transmitted In a restaurant that is refusing to mask considering the amount of positive cases it’s not just because of this just happening at the care center. It’s a mask just a mask how hard is that to do for your community? Instead let’s throw a tantrum like this pizza guy about how unfair this little piece of cloth is

    • Muskrat August 7, 2020 at 11:47 am #

      So, Greg—when you come down with the virus, who are you gonna blame?? If you spread it to someone, can we prosecute you? Sounds fair to me, going along with your logic…

  25. Betsy Moss August 7, 2020 at 6:34 am #

    Yes, and he is holding the American flag – for which so many have died – so that most of it is lower than his head – a violation of basic flag protocol.

    A real American patriot.

    • Everett Holland August 7, 2020 at 11:01 am #

      Stick that mask where the sun don’t shine. This is not the business owners fault. ITS YOUR FAULT! YEAH, YOU. You voted for this crap. YOU DID

      • Dee August 7, 2020 at 11:47 am #

        Everett, no one voted for this global pandemic.
        These are coherent public health and safety measures during a global pandemic. No one is immune, no one is somehow exempt from this very serious global pandemic.

      • Muskrat August 7, 2020 at 11:52 am #

        When was there a vote?

        I guess I missed out on that one!


      • KeyBoard Warrior August 7, 2020 at 3:36 pm #

        Yeah! Don’t vote for the same bone heads in office this next election. Especially the one in the white house.

      • Real American August 7, 2020 at 6:45 pm #

        I hope they don’t wear their seat belts either. Freedom yeah!

      • Des August 16, 2020 at 9:48 am #

        Everett, of course it is the business owner’s fault when he knowingly violate public health orders.

  26. Low August 7, 2020 at 1:42 am #

    So….he’s protesting orders put out by the County…..in front of a City Building? LOL

    • Denbie August 15, 2020 at 7:57 am #

      Wear masks and make outside seating!


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