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AODA Compliance … and the Oyster Festival!

Oyster Fest 2016 (July 17th) tickets are here: Oyster Fest Tickets!

One of the nice things that Ontario is doing is legislating access to business for people with disabilities.  We have been looking for ways to make Rodney’s more accessible, and we’ve taken the following steps:

  • New website (coming in about two weeks) – supports all ‘readers’ and assistive technology
  • Staff training – we talk a lot anyway, so we’re always happy to help decipher our menu to those that need it.
  • Bathrooms – on the same floor, so no problem to get in there if you’ve gotta go.

There’s one wrinkle, though – we are in a 112 year-old box factory, and to get to us you have to go down some stairs (our Oyster Garden aka Patio is at street level, so when it’s nice out stairs can be skipped, but otherwise it’s pretty unavoidable).  We have looked into getting a lift put in, but because our building is so old, apparently we do not have to have one (Grandfather clauses). And, because there is no legal requirement, our landlord has decided not to spend the money on one.  So we’re at square one there.

Our work-around is brute force – we have a large, strong crew who are more than happy to assist a chair or device down into the basement with us. We’ve done this for years, and will continue to do so.  Of course, not everyone is comfortable with that solution, and to them we say we understand, and we apologize.  Let us know if you have a challenge and still want to come and eat Oysters with us, and we will do whatever we can to make it as easy as possible. Phone Bronwen and Julius and we’ll set it up 416-363-8105 ext 22. Cheers!