It’s over for the terraces after 11 p.m. in Le Village

Tenants of bars and restaurants in the Village, in Montreal, are stunned to learn that they must now close their terraces at 11 p.m. every day, they who hoped to take advantage of the beautiful season to recover from the COVID.

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“This cannot be done to us after two years of a pandemic. That’s what kept us alive to tell ourselves that we were finally going to have a sick summer. We’ve had so much of it. We didn’t need this hard blow,” said Danny Jobin, owner of the District Video Lounge bar and Date Karaoke.

For years, restaurants and bars in Ville-Marie were authorized to serve customers seated on the terraces of the public domain until 3 a.m. on certain evenings, confirmed the Commercial Development Company (SDC) of the Village.

Merchants in this lively neighborhood who were planning to take advantage of the summer season to replenish their coffers learned the news overnight in a newsletter received a week ago. They also deplore not having been consulted by the borough.

Already full inside

For George Pappas, owner of the Saloon Bistro Bar restaurant, this poses a serious management problem: “We will have to stop the food service much earlier on the terrace, because if customers order at 10:30 p.m., we cannot put them out at 11 p.m. And at that time, the restaurant is already full,” he said.

George Pappas, Tenant

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George Pappas, Tenant

Danny Jobin also fears that customers who will not be able to find a place inside will instead continue the party in the street or in nearby parks.

“During all these years, I would be very curious to know if the City had that many noise complaints. We are on Sainte-Catherine Street, not in a residential area. I don’t understand what motivates them,” added Luc Généreux, owner of Le Cocktail bar.

False, according to the City

Instead, the City of Montreal responded by email to Log that it is incorrect to say that a derogation allowed tenants to keep their terrace open until 3 am on certain days. “[Ils] have always been required to close the terraces at 11 p.m. on Sainte-Catherine Street,” wrote spokesperson Yohann Goyat.

“They are in the field completely. For years before the pandemic, we were always allowed to close at 3 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and when there were special activities, such as Montreal Pride. If not, why did the police never intervene? insisted Denis Brossard, co-owner of the Mado cabaret and former president of the SDC du Village for 14 years, from 2005 to 2020.

– With Clara Loiseau

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