The owner of the restaurant Le 737, located on the site of the airport, in L’Ancienne-Lorette, gives formal notice to the Fire Department of the City of Quebec.
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The president of the establishment, Dany Gagnon, claims to have received visits from a service inspector seven times during the summer.
“It’s relentlessness, it’s harassment pure and simple,” he says.
The restaurant says it is the victim of a vendetta from the cities of Quebec and L’Ancienne-Lorette.
“There is definitely a watchword to find a way to harm, or even perhaps succeed in closing the trade on 737.”
In the formal notice of which TVA Nouvelles obtained a copy, we can read in particular: “it is therefore clear that you are voluntarily and personally trying to harm the activities of our client and this by using your title of fire lieutenant”.
Mr. Gagnon said he also received visits from MAPAQ and the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux.
“We have certainly been visited more than any other business in Quebec City since the beginning of the summer.”
In addition, the fines against the establishment accumulate. It must be said that residents of the nearby residential area have been complaining about noise since the arrival of the terrace on the site last year.
The owner says, however, that he has taken measures to limit the negative impacts on residents. The orientation of the outdoor stage has been changed to direct noise in another direction and shows end earlier at 9:30 p.m.
“We have had 150,000 visitors since it opened last year, only 99% positive comments. People leave here happy. We try to have a festive site by being good neighbours,” said Mr. Gagnon.
The owner is also contesting in court the dozen notices of violation received for noise.
The City declined to comment on the matter at this time.