“We are willing to work with them. It is about finding the balance. We are not the bad guys here looking to close anybody down.”
With a community up in arms and the story in the media Vancouver City Hall is bending over backwards to say a popular East Vancouver eatery will not be shut down.
Vancouver’s Chief Inspector Andrea Toma told our Simi Sara they never threatened to close Le Marche St George and it will be allowed to continue to operate.
“As far as we are concerned, yes, we are not going in to shut anybody down. We are looking to explore and figure out what is it the city needs to do to allow this to continue. It may be that it requires some processes.”
However that is not the story from eatery owner Pascal Roy
“A few hours ago I spoke with the inspector and yes they were going to come and revoke our door license that we have legally. We have had it for the last three years.”
An online petition to save the store has garnered more than 13,000 signatures.
While speaking on the Simi Sara Show and as reported yesterday, co-owner Pascal 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… “
Le Marche St. George is approved to operate as a grocery store. The owners say they can’t make a go of it if they can’t serve food and let people sit outside.
Simi Sara spoke with Pascal Roy again on Wednesday and he confirmed that the store will remain open for the time being, and it’s business as usual.
LISTEN to the full conversation with co-owner Pascal Roy here:
LISTEN to the Andrea Toma, Chief license inspector with the City of Vancouver: