Not the jackpot for everyone, the Grand Prix

The companies benefit from the arrival of the great Formula 1 circus, especially in the center of Montreal and on the axes of Crescent and Saint-Laurent streets. But not all neighborhoods benefit from the same referrals. The newspaper went to survey the merchants of the field.

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COUCI-COUÇA A HOCHELAGA-MAISONNEUVE


Waitress and sommelier Carolane Bérubé has seen an increase in customers in recent days.

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Waitress and sommelier Carolane Bérubé has seen an increase in customers in recent days.

The impact of the Grand Prix was felt in the Hélicoptère restaurant, a very popular establishment on Ontario Street in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. “We usually have about fifty customers on Wednesdays, this week it has been around a hundred. It’s quite unusual, “says Carolane Bérubé. A little further on in the Bagatelle bistro we saw no change. “We notice more foreign customers, but we don’t feel the frenzy,” says Sihan, a waitress.

A BAR THAT WORKS WELL … WITHOUT F1


BJ Labonté and her son Brandon were expecting a great Friday night at the Lady Davidson Tavern, but not for F1.

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BJ Labonté and her son Brandon were expecting a great Friday night at the Lady Davidson Tavern, but not for F1.

An institution in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, the Lady Davidson Tavern, has been running at full speed for several weeks. The arrival of F1, however, has nothing to do with good results. “We had shows, so it went well. But I don’t have anyone coming as part of the Grand Prix. People choose the Lady Davidson Tavern because it’s always good, people love coming here,” says owner BJ Labonté. with a wide smile.

IN THE CITY CENTER, SHIFT WORK … FROM 5 PM!


Haran Alfred, owner of the Eggspectation restaurant, is smiling with his partner, although the working day can be as long as 5 hours!

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Haran Alfred, owner of the Eggspectation restaurant, is smiling with his partner, although the working day can be as long as 5 hours!

Right in the heart of the epicenter of the Grand Prix, right next to Crescent Street, restaurants are doing great business. Even the Eggspectation, an establishment specializing in lunches, extends its opening hours during the weekend. “We have a 70% increase in attendance. But we lack people! Most of the employees here have started at 5am this morning and will be working until 10pm tonight. So these are great days for us, ”says Haran Alfred, owner of the restaurant on Boulevard Maisonneuve.

WE ARE WAITING FOR THE GAY PEOPLE


At the newly renovated 1309 Taverne Urbaine, owner Denis Turgeon is looking forward to a lucrative weekend.

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At the newly renovated 1309 Taverne Urbaine, owner Denis Turgeon is looking forward to a lucrative weekend.

Denis Turgeon, the owner of a newly renovated tavern on rue Sainte-Catherine in the gay village, is positive and hopes to enjoy F1. “We’re even thinking about presenting the race on Sunday morning,” he told us. A little further on, at Club Date, F1 fans are rarely seen. “It’s mostly Francos festival-goers who probably come here,” says Jean-René Fournier, the bar’s director.

LUXURY … NOT NECESSARY TO WIN


Catherine Leduc does not expect to make any more sales over the weekend.  On the other hand, she says she is very happy to see the city center live again.

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Catherine Leduc does not expect to make any more sales over the weekend. On the other hand, she says she is very happy to see the city center live again.

It would be thought that luxury stores are full of customers during the Grand Prix. But in passing the Register, rue de la Montagne, in the city center, there were very few consumers in the shops. “Tourists do not necessarily come here, we will not attract such customers for our offer. It’s mostly locals who buy here, “says Catherine Leduc, director of Christofle, a luxury crockery store.

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