Owners of the Le Marche St. George, Pascal Roy and Janaki Larsen, are putting up a fight to keep their corner store open. Besides being able to purchase groceries, Le Marche St. George is also a French café and a gathering place that attracts many young families from the neighbourhood.
While speaking on the Simi Sara Show, Roy stated that the problem began when a neighbor called the city complaining of strollers and toys on the sidewalk.
“The city inspector had to come and it opened a can of worms. Apparently they gave us an outdoor seating license that they weren’t supposed to give us so now on Friday, they are coming and they will remove our outdoor seating license and our ability to serve food,” said Roy.
The restrictions would effectively close Le Marche St. George as they would no longer be able to generate enough revenue to remain open. There is currently an online petition circulating to urge the city to reconsider its decision.
Listen to Simi’s interview with Pascal Roy, owner of Le Marche St. George: