Cavalli liquor license suspended for 100 days

Citing the clientele it attracts, the Montreal police department has been able to have the liquor license of a popular downtown restaurant suspended.

Police had targeted the Cavalli restaurant on Peel because it had become a popular spot for various members of the underworld.

They had gone before the Régie des alcools seeking to have the restaurant's liquor licence suspended, but before the hearing got underway Monday the two sides reached a negotiated settlement which will see the restaurant lose its licence for 100 days.

The owners have also agreed to ban a dozen people known to have underworld ties.

Police investigators say Cavalli had become hugely popular among various members of the Italian Mafia, including the late Vito Rizutto, the Hell's Angels and street gangs.

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  1. Barcham posted on 01/21/2014 12:10 PM
    Since when are business owners punished because of the clientele they serve? Were the owners connected to organized crime? Were they breaking the law in any way? If the people who were going to this restaurant are criminals, why are they not under arrest for their crimes? What happened to the concept of innocent until proven guilty? Instead of punishing the restaurant by suspending their liquor license, how about the police arresting the criminals they object to? How much of a police state are we becoming here? It's bad enough that comments made on the Internet can get you arrested so our freedom of speech is non-existent, But now we cannot run a legal business because of who might walk in to our establishment to be served?

    This is ridiculous.
  2. Frank Rizzo posted on 01/21/2014 10:39 PM
    So they should close down every single bar ans resto in montreal !!!
  3. Mike Libero posted on 01/22/2014 09:22 AM
    I agree with the police , the public safety is at hand
  4. Anonymous posted on 01/26/2014 02:02 PM
    Agreeing with Barcham, how can you punish a restaurant, open to the public, for serving the public. Is this an exclusive environment? The police think they are solving crime by suspending the liquor licence of the restaurant, protecting the public? Are you kidding me? Why don't you go after the people that are actually causing crime. The police spent months wasting time in the restaurant, doing absolutely nothing, when people on the street were getting raped, and ACTUAL crime was being committed.

    The entire system is flawed, and the wrong people are getting punished. Do you want to know who is getting punished in this situation? Not the mafia, not the public, but the employees of the restaurant. Dedicated owners who put their heart and soul into seeing this restaurant succeed, hard-working kitchen staff, managers, cleaning staff, people that rely on their income to feed their families. The police and the regie are giving themselves pats on the back, thinking they are making Quebec a better place...smarten up you power hungry beasts. Maybe get an education (because I know half of you don't have one, hence why you look to use the power you have to make yourself feel better). I have a Masters. You?

    This situation gives me yet another reason to want to leave this disgusting province with un-educated, power-hungry police who think they run the show, and actually do nothing to protect their citizens. Crimes are being committed daily, bridges are falling down, domestic abuse is going un-noticed, and the police are wasting their time at a restaurant that serves the downtown Montreal business clientele. Cavalli is a wonderful place with impeccable service - some of the best service I have ever had, actually. The staff are friendly, they care for their clients and they have been establishing themselves as a Montreal institution for the last 10 years.

    This situation is unjust and I hope the police in charge of suspending the licence get treated with the karma they deserve. The wrong people are getting punished. No one got arrested here - just hard-working staff loosing their one source of income during a cold, expensive time of year.
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