The major water main break that occurred in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu at the beginning of the week worried local restaurateurs and businessmen after receiving the directive to stop their business activities Wednesday afternoon.
At the microphone of Alexandre Dubé, Steve Trépanier, owner of Steve Steakhouse, said that the police intervened after the lunch service.
“People can finish their food, but we can’t take any more customers and we have to close for the night,” he explained.
The Johannes branch office had to cancel nearly 200 reservations for the night, which equates to a loss of nearly $15,000.
Through QUB radio, he added that he was not the only one who found himself in this situation. Almost all restaurants in the area were forced to close shop for the rest of the day. This is particularly the case at Resto Belgo.
The canteen’s assistant manager, Émilie Boissonneault, mentioned that a customer from Beloeil was met with a closed door when he arrived there.
The big open chains
Despite the city’s directive, some restaurants remain open. This is the particular case of A&W and McDonald’s, both located on the Boulevard du Séminaire in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
A decision that the owner of Steve Steakhouse described as “special”.
In this part. Ms. Boissoneault admits to being hurt at the time “as we, the smallest, the locals, all shut down.”
The mayor of Johannine, Andrée Bouchard, thanked the restaurateurs who closed.
“For me, this is a proof of the unity of the people who do not have water and those who need it,” he stated in an interview with Alexandre Dubé.
Restaurants reopened Thursday. However, they had to arm themselves with water bottles to continue their operations.