Tony comes from other business industries, and unexpectedly entered the restaurant industry just a few years ago. His mother opened 'Basilico's Pasta e Vino' in 1999 at its original location, and when she fell seriously ill, Tony built and gifted her a larger and newly designed restaurant at its current location in Huntington Beach, CA, as a tribute to her - one that would carry forward her legacy for many years to come. The new Basilico's opened in November 2017. The moment Tony heard about an impending lockdown, he refused to comply on any level. He has openly and even provocatively defied all mandates since the shutdowns began on March 19, 2020, operating fully without any restrictions, and even banning masks. He pledged in honor of our nation's founders and our military men and women, that he would commit his business as a constitutional battleground in defense of liberty and freedom. Tony welcomed the opportunity to go head to head with Governor Newsom, and take on all federal, state, county and city officials who looked to enforce lockdown mandates and wage tyranny on American citizens. In doing so, he was willing to sacrifice all of Basilico's assets for his stand, including risking license revocations, fines, criminal action and even jail in his fight for what he says is for something so much bigger than ourselves.