COVID-19: Young Montreal restaurant owners say dream being dragged down by city bureaucracy – MONTREALINABOX

Many restaurant owners are starting to feel a bit of optimism as terraces are set to reopen this Friday, but owners of one up-and-coming establishment in Chinatown are feeling discouraged and demoralized.

They say though COVID-19 has indeed hurt their business, it’s red tape from the city that might kill it.

“I feel that the city should be an ally and not and and our worst enemy in this,” said Hugo Jacques, co-owner of Poincaré in Chinatown.

Jacques and his partner Françis Melançon had a vision. They decided to open their eco-friendly bar-restaurant, which emphasizes local drinks and food on St. Laurent Boulevard in the middle of Chinatown

“We’ve been dreaming about opening this bar for like six years,” said Jacques.

Like every restaurant, the COVID-19 pandemic has hurt them, but that’s not even what they’re upset about.

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“Our biggest enemy is the city’s bureaucracy. It’s not even COVID anymore,” he said.

Jacques explained that when they decided on their location above a Vietnamese sandwich place back in 2019, they chose it because they wanted the rooftop terrace.

“The financial model was all based on revenues made from the terrace that we would have from the get go. The…


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