Another bar for Avenue Myrand, or maybe not

Another bar for Avenue Myrand, or maybe not

Quebec City (Quebec) 01 September, 2014 – Residents living on and around Myrand Ave. in Ste. Foy are working on a petition to stop the opening of a new bar on the street.

Av. Myrand already has 5 licensed restaurants right now catering in most part to university students. The restaurants are all concentrated at the lower end of Myrand and serve alcohol well into the night for students from nearby Université Laval and the local younger crowd.

The residents complain that the partying goes on late into the night and patrons often urinate and gather on private properties to discuss and argue the topics of the day. The noise and commotion is quite annoying but, people have gotten used to it and accept it for what it is since they live close by. The argument now however is quite simple, < enough is enough >.

The new restaurant wants to include a bar on its premises which is the main concern for the surrounding population. According to the petition owners, there are already enough bars and restaurants in the area claiming that an additional two story establishment will only increase nocturnal activity.

Some people want a moratorium on any future commercial development on the street, but for the borough, the arrival of a new commerce is always welcome. Paul Shoiry, the city councillor for the area, understands that maybe a moratorium would be ideal but, since the street is classed as commercial, it would be hard to change the zoning laws which are already in place.

The owner of the building, M. Bonnette, wanted to open his restaurant, L’Autre Cuisine, before the beginning of the current university semester but, because of the petition and resistance to the project, the opening has been delayed.

He is willing to have an open dialogue with the residents and the other restaurant owners already established in the area and didn’t expect any repercussions when he bought the building at 840 Myrand because of its commercial status.

The petition of 600 names has been presented to the borough of Sillery-Saint Foy-Cap Rouge and isn’t complaining about the restaurant as much as it is about the bar that will be part of the endeavour.

Life in Québec staff writer

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