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Chez Alexandre owner takes down terrasse to comply with city bylaw

05/04/2015 02:46 EDT | Updated 05/04/2016 05:12 EDT
A popular Parisian-style brasserie in downtown Montreal has been forced to take down its terrasse from the sidewalk because of a new municipal bylaw.

Alain Creton, owner of Chez Alexandre, said city workers came by today and had him remove the outdoor furniture.

The City of Montreal says a 1.5-metre space should be left between a restaurant's façade and its terrasse to make it easier for people with limited mobility to get around.

Creton says Chez Alexandre has had a patio on the sidewalk for 38 years and no one ever had a problem with his terrasse until now.

He says removing it will cost him $6,000 a day in lost revenue.

"It's a lot of money and the tax I am paying for my restaurant is 40-thousand dollars every year," he told CBC.

Creton says he will also be forced to lay off at least 25 servers as a result of the closure.

He says he tried to contact the mayor's office today to find a solution, but hasn't heard back.

The terrasse will be able to open during Grand Prix weekend, when the street is closed.

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