Anton Van Happen Biography — Wiki
Anton Van Happen is a California businessman and entrepreneur who is the owner of Nick the Greek restaurant in Ventura. A video of him confronting health officials over COVID-19 restrictions went viral on social media on December 14.
Happen is seen on video shared by The Daily Caller’s Jorge Ventura screaming at two inspectors who accused him of serving customers outside despite a regional stay-at-home order that bans in-person dining.
Anton Van Happen Age
Anton Van Happen’s age is still unknown.
Anton Van Happen Viral Video
Van Happen has gone viral after confronting public health inspectors who tried to issue him a citation for allegedly breaking coronavirus-related restrictions. Happen is the owner of Nick The Greek restaurant in Ventura.
The video was posted by Ventura Report and has racked up more than 1.5 million views.
The reporter was at the restaurant chain franchise for an interview with Van Happen when officials from the Ventura County Public Health Department showed up, according to tweets from Ventura Report. The public health officials presented Van Happen with a citation for violating an order directing him to immediately cease all business activities at the East Main Street business because of violations of coronavirus restrictions.
“Are you going to pay my rent ? says owner Anton Van Happen of ‘Nick The Greek’ to public health inspectors issuing him a citation for staying open after being issued a closure order. Things got tense pic.twitter.com/9eKCiAjDaw
— Jorge Ventura Media (@VenturaReport) December 15, 2020
What actually happened with Anton Van Happen?
According to a photo of the closure order posted by Ventura Report, Van Happen was told to shut down his business on December 11 because it posed a “serious threat to public health and safety in light of the COVID-19 State of California.
The order requires Nick the Greek to be shut down until it is rescinded by the public health department or until the state’s stay at home order is repealed.
The public health inspectors went to Van Happen’s business on December 14 and observed that he was still open and selling food. Van Happen was cited for operating without a valid permit but told the inspectors he planned to continue violating the shutdown order, according to the citation report.
Here’s what you need to know about Anton Van Happen and the video of his showdown with health officials at Nick the Greek restaurant in Ventura, California:
Anton Van Happen asked the health officials: ‘Are you going to pay my rent?’
In the viral video, Van Happen can be seen yelling at the Ventura County public health inspectors, “I followed the rules, I continue to follow the rules and you guys still time after time are giving me citations, telling me I have to close my business, what about my employees?” When one of the inspectors tells him, “you’re not following the rules,” he responds, “I am following the rules. My tables are inside. Just because the health department has a whole process to go through that takes however long it takes, I have to close my business.” He then asks them, “are you going to pay my rent?”
In an earlier interview with Ventura Report, Van Happen said, “They shut down outdoor dining because the ICUs were getting busier and more people were going to the hospitals. Ever since outdoor dining has closed has that slowed down? No. There’s still a ton of people who get COVID and there’s still a ton of people in the hospitals. Why? Because retail stores are still open, everything is still open. … It’s unfair to us restaurant owners. We’re getting dinged for whatever reason.”
Anton Van Happen opened the Ventura Nick in May amid the pandemic
Van Happen opened the Ventura Nick the Greek franchise in May despite the pandemic. The California-based restaurant chain was founded in 2014 by three cousins named Nick and has 12 locations around the state, according to the Ventura County Star.
Van Happen is also the founder and CEO of Eco Green Auto Clean in Redwood, California, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Anton Van Happen was born in Hong Kong and is a graduate of Menlo College
Born in Hong Kong to Dutch-Filipino parents, Van Happen graduated from Menlo College in 2008 with a degree in business management, according to his LinkedIn profile. He was a member of the soccer team at the college. He is also a graduate of the Antwerp International School.
He told FiveHundredStories.com in 2016, “I grew up in an entrepreneurial family.
Van Happen is also the owner of A Touch of Las Vegas Spa in Nevada, according to its Facebook page.
Anton Van Happen: People are ‘naive enough to believe the media’ about COVID-19
In November, Van Happen shared a screenshot of a tweet from Elon Musk about COVID-19 that reads, Something extremely bogus is going on. Was tested for covid four times today. Two tests came back negative, two came back positive. Same machine, same test, same nurse. Rapid antigen test from BD.”
Van Happen added above the screenshot, “For those of you that are still naive enough to believe the media.”
He also posted on Facebook in November criticizing Uber Eats for a program the company launched to help support Black-owned businesses.
Van Happen wrote, “Lawsuit waiting to happen for Uber. So racist.”
Van Happen has received support from Around the Country after his outburst went viral
Van Happen has received some criticism on social media but has also been given support from around the country.
He has also received support from the Trump family. Donald Trump Jr. retweeted the video and said, “e need more of this or the politicians will never ever stop their economy destroying power-grab. Lockdowns aren’t based on science.
The politicians & media hacks still supporting them are actively destroying lives, but they don’t care because their paychecks aren’t on the line.”