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Not the jackpot for everyone, the Grand Prix

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Companies benefit from the arrival of the great Formula 1 circus, especially in downtown Montreal and the axes of Crescent and Saint-Laurent streets. But not all neighborhoods benefit from the same spin-offs. The newspaper went to survey the traders in the sector.

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COUCI-COUÇA IN HOCHELAGA-MAISONNEUVE


Waitress and sommelier Carolane Bérubé has seen an increase in customers in the past few days.

Photo Olivier Bourque

Waitress and sommelier Carolane Bérubé has seen an increase in customers in the past few days.

The impact of the Grand Prix was felt at the Hélicoptère restaurant, a very popular venue on Ontario Street, in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. “We usually have about fifty customers on Wednesdays, this week there were about a hundred. It’s quite unusual, ”says Carolane Bérubé. A little further on, at the Bagatelle bistro, we have not seen any changes. “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 his son Brandon were expecting a great Friday night at Taverne Lady Davidson, but not because of F1.

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BJ Labonté and his son Brandon were expecting a great Friday night at Taverne Lady Davidson, but not because of F1.

An institution in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, the Taverne Lady Davidson, has been in full swing for several weeks. The arrival of F1, however, has nothing to do with good results. “We had shows, so it was going well. But I don’t have anyone who came as part of the Grand Prix. People choose Taverne Lady Davidson because it’s always nice, people love to come here, ”says owner BJ Labonté, with a broad smile.

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


Haran Alfred, owner of the Eggspectation restaurant, is all smiling with his colleague, even if the working days can get longer until 5pm!

Photo Olivier Bourque

Haran Alfred, owner of the Eggspectation restaurant, is all smiling with his colleague, even if the working days can get longer until 5pm!

Right in the heart of the epicenter of the Grand Prix, right next to Crescent Street, the restaurants are doing great deals. The Eggspectation, a restaurant specializing in lunches, also extends its hours during the weekend. “We have a 70% increase in attendance. But we are short of people! Most of the employees here started at 5 this morning and will work until 10 tonight. So these are important days for us, “says Haran Alfred, owner of the restaurant on boulevard Maisonneuve.

WE HOPE IN THE GAY VILLAGE


At the recently renovated 1309 Taverne Urbaine, owner Denis Turgeon is hoping for a profitable weekend.

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At the recently renovated 1309 Taverne Urbaine, owner Denis Turgeon is hoping for a profitable weekend.

Owner of a newly renovated tavern, rue Sainte-Catherine, in the Gay Village, Denis Turgeon is positive and hopes to enjoy F1. “We are also thinking of presenting the race on Sunday morning”, he told us. A little further on, at the Club Date, F1 fans are rarely seen. “It is likely that especially Francos festival-goers come here,” explains Jean-René Fournier, bar manager.

LUXURY … NOT NECESSARILY WINNING


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

Photo Olivier Bourque

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

You would think luxury stores fill up with customers during the Grand Prix. But when you pass the Tree trunk, rue de la Montagne, in the city center, there were very few consumers in the shops. “Tourists don’t necessarily come here, we don’t attract this type of clientele because of our offer. It is mainly the locals who shop here, “says Catherine Leduc, director of Christofle, a luxury tableware boutique.

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