Cockroaches force eatery to leave Le Faubourg
A trendy eatery has closed its doors at Le Faubourg just six months after opening, blaming a recurring cockroach problem at the downtown mall.
Gaelle Cerf, co-owner of the Grumman 78 taco truck emporium, told CJAD News when they opened in early April, they didn't know anything about the past cockroach problem at the Ste Catherine Street mall that prompted a former tenant to sue the owners who were ordered to pay them over $330,000 in rent. She said they didn't notice anything creepy or crawly until late August, when they spotted cockroaches at their kiosk in the food court. They shut the place down, giving owners time to clean and exterminate, but the day they re-opened in early September, the six-legged problem came back, prompting them to close for good.
"Obviously, there's no way we were going to operate in a building that has problems like that," Cerf said.
The owners could not be reached for comment.
A former employee at Le Faubourg, who didn't want to be identified, said cockroaches were always present in the back corridor of the mall during her years there between 2000 and 2008. She claims she still sees them in certain areas to this day.
Another tenant, who wished to remain anonymous, said the landlord assured him they were working on the problem but added that he's stuck with his lease until March.
Cerf said they gave them a chance and it didn't work out.
"It's a really cool spot, It's just sad they have that problem there. I just hope they can get rid of it but obviously I don't want to associate Grumman with a cockroach infestation."
Cerf said while they're looking for a new locale, they're opening a pop-up restaurant at their headquarters in St. Henri starting next Wednesday night.
Photos: Shuyee Lee