08/11/2011 12:17 EDT | Updated 10/11/2011 05:12 EDT

Gordon Ramsay's Montreal Restaurant Evacuated Opening Night After Equipment Malfunction


MONTREAL - Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's first Canadian restaurant was evacuated Wednesday night, hours after it first opened its doors in Montreal.

The restaurant, called Laurier Gordon Ramsay, issued a statement saying it experienced a malfunction with its sprinkler equipment.

It said the situation is under control and that the restaurant sustained very limited damage.

The restaurant, a Montreal landmark once known as Rotisserie Laurier BBQ, also apologized "to all affected customers for the incident."

Ramsay, a 44-year-old Scottish-born chef, is internationally renowned through a string of acclaimed restaurants and popular cookbooks.

He is also known for his scorching profanity on high-rated cooking TV shows.