Pastry shop owner fights OQLF with humor

Posted By: Richard Deschamps · 2/27/2013 12:13:00 PM

The owner of a pastry shop in Pointe Claire is fighting fire with humor.

Harry Schick, the owner of the Swiss Vienna Pastry and Delicatessen on St. John's Road, says he recently got a letter from the OQLF about some of his bilingual signs on his window.

The problem? The French isn't bigger than the English on the signs.

Schick decided that rather than let Quebec's language politics get him down, he would deal with his frustration in a lighthearted, comedic way, and decided to rename his macaroni salad the Pasta Marois, salad, with a little extra cheeses, carrots and mayo.

"This has been going on since 1976." Shick says. "I've held my position, and I'm not going to let them get to me. I'm having fun with them."

Schick says people, both anglophones and francophones, laugh when they see the new addition to the menu.

And he says, he's not going to change the signs, because they've been there since the shop opened a half-century ago.

Photos: Laura Casella

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