Beer sales okay during televised Habs games at Bell Centre

Quebec's liquor authorities say the Bell Centre is well within its rights to sell alcohol, even if it is showing a broadcast of the Habs playing elsewhere on giant screens.

Peter Sergakis, who owns several bars and restaurants in the city including the Sports Station, had complained to the liquor board that the Bell Centre did not have the proper licence for events like the Game 7 viewing party on Wednesday night.

Sergakis, the head of the Quebec Bar Owners' Association, told CJAD news Thursday that the arena doesn't have a bar permit, but rather a theatre permit — which means a live performance needs to take place if liquor is to be served.

The liquor board has indicated, however, that the live broadcasts do count as "live" events.

The Bell Centre was sold out Wednesday night for the Canadiens' series-clinching game, even if the game was being played in Boston. Tickets sold for $10 each, with proceeds going to the Habs' children's charities.

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  1. Ray S posted on 05/15/2014 05:00 PM
    Seems like Peter Sergakis is a bit of a whiner.

    When HE cleans up all his derelict properties, maybe HE can criticize.

    In the interim, when was the last time HIS company donated $220,000+ to charity?
    1. Mister T posted on 05/16/2014 03:35 AM
      @Ray S What are you, a Bruins fan? You call people "whiner"?
      Whatever, you gotta admit he's right. It ain't about criticism, it's about the law.

      Come on.
  2. Dan posted on 05/15/2014 05:23 PM
    Dear god, this man owns half of Montreal and his bars are PRINTING MONEY thanks to the Habs successful playoff run. Try getting a seat at Station de Sports or PJs when the puck drops and you'll see what I mean.

    He's angry cause somebody else sold a few overpriced beers for once? Don't worry Pete, you'll sell plenty more of those 4L pitchers of swill before the playoffs are over; I think you'll be just fine.
  3. Judy L. posted on 05/15/2014 05:24 PM
    I believe it was a fundraiser. Wouldn't that technically change the status for the liquor licence?
    1. Gabriel posted on 05/16/2014 03:24 PM
      @Judy L. It would
  4. Shelley posted on 05/15/2014 05:50 PM
    What a bunch of greedy butt heads!!! It's not like they would have gone to the bars to watch the game! I'd rather go to the Bell Centre than a smelly old crowded bar...Who cares about the bloody liquor?
  5. Dan posted on 05/15/2014 06:02 PM
    Sour Grapes or what??? C'mon Peter, man up and if you see this as competition for your business then you'd better offer something better for your patrons to enjoy when situations like this occur. I am all for seeing the Bell Centre do well during the away games and if you want to lure customers away from that venue, then offer more incentives! Otherwise, STFU.

    just my "deux sous"!
  6. Ap posted on 05/15/2014 06:20 PM
    How much would the bar owners have given to charity in exchange for a visit from patrons. In addition, it was a family affair for many so bars need not apply in some cases. 210 000$ to kids is a good enough reason to turn a blind eye to liquor permit technicalities.
  7. Nico posted on 05/15/2014 06:48 PM
    Yet all his bars were still packed..... what's this guy's problem he's not losing any money to them.....
  8. Seriously posted on 05/15/2014 08:30 PM
    Oh stop whining. Habs winning is good for business all around. AND it's good for everyone's morale.
  9. kim posted on 05/15/2014 08:45 PM
    really??? Peter Sergakis... really??? it's for the children's charities.. even if the revenue from the liquor isn't.. they made a lot of money for the kids..and a great time was had by all...!!!
    the ONLY reason Mr.Peter Sergakis is having an issue with it... is because that was 20000 people that didn't go to his bars. Obviously the man needs to control even more that what he already is... and of course it's all about the money.. cause Mr.Peter Sergakis seems to be needing more.

    SHAME on you.
  10. HabRoyalty posted on 05/15/2014 10:38 PM
    Peter Sergakis liquor license should be revoked for that comment. IN my eyes when you have a unified city enjoy a live game together shows me this is the Canadian way! Have a beer and STFU!
  11. Tim posted on 05/15/2014 11:19 PM
    Well, looks like the Bell Center should have someone sing the national anthem and play a few songs during the breaks between periods. I am sure a lot of talented artists would love that gig and be able to share their time for charity.
  12. Wat Cher posted on 05/15/2014 11:33 PM
    Suck it up Sergakis, spread the wealth.....bars charge far more than a bear is worth, and so does everyone else...its not like your bootlegging....ya know
  13. Steve posted on 05/16/2014 12:22 AM
    Let's be extremely clear here. Peter Sergakis' "association" only represents bars HE has an interest in. No other bar is part of this association. The news should mention that not to lump in all other fine drinking holes with that scum.
  14. yumiko posted on 05/16/2014 07:04 AM
    Hey guys, guess what ?? Im currently working for this man. The majority of my coworkers included me are being paid with just the minimum salary per hour. On top of it there isn't any extra benefit. None. We are entitled to the minimum benefits according to the law and that's it. When I for a salary increase he said company didn't have money and one week later he frezzed the wages to everybody for an unlimited period of time.
  15. ric posted on 05/16/2014 07:17 AM
    PETER, SHUT UP!!!!!
    What percentage of your profits do you give to charity? Probably NONE. You make tons of money only because of the Habs.
  16. Mario posted on 05/16/2014 07:32 AM
    PETTER, Petter, petter. The city is thriving, gone to be a lot of happy children, affordable family night at the Centre, and when the game is over the doors close and guess what, the celebrations seem to head to your watering holes. No playoffs no additional profits that line your pockets buddy. Shut up and enjoy the ride like the rest of us, proud Habs supporters. Oh yes, the Grand Prix is coming, maybe you should ask that the Circuit not sell as well, just saying !
  17. Stevers posted on 05/16/2014 07:34 AM
    Segakis should be thankful all his bars aren't in Toronto and just shut his greedy mouth !
  18. Valerie Hoy posted on 05/16/2014 09:00 AM
    How much money did he BRING IN during the series AND how much did he DONATE TO CHARITY......................sounds like sour grapes from this man!!!!!!!!!!!!
    NEXT time do not go to his establishments................BOYCOTT THEM!!!!
  19. mike posted on 05/16/2014 11:20 AM
    Hey bozo your bars were full!! We went to 2 of your bars with no seats left so what did this change?? Stop bitching it was for charity and you got enough money.
  20. Tim C posted on 05/16/2014 12:02 PM
    He iss 100% correct the law is the law there shouldn't be any exceptions for anyone!
  21. J. posted on 05/16/2014 12:06 PM
    I was at the Bell Centre on the said night, and with that fantastic light show, YOUPPI walking around, and tons of people dancing & singing in the stands, there certainly was tons of live entertainment going on, so this bar owner has no case. With this, I rest my case.
  22. Ann Kearns posted on 05/16/2014 12:45 PM
    Boycott! Boycott! Boycott! Boycott! Boycott! Boycott! Boycott! Boycott! !!!!!!
  23. Deborah Bassenden posted on 05/16/2014 01:25 PM
    Really, what did they business for a wednesday night, i am sure allot of people stayed out after celebrating even more as the habs one!!! second the playoff run continues which means the sports bars are packed with people watching the game, had the habs been outso would they!!! they need to get a life and be happy
  24. Craig posted on 05/16/2014 01:32 PM
    Well... I WAS going to go to The Manoir for lunch... I think I'll go somewhere else now.

    Sorry Mr. Sergakis
  25. Montrealer posted on 05/16/2014 04:19 PM
    Peter Sergakis started off as an honest tax paying restaurateur. I remember many years ago seeing him on TV complaining about government taxation. Peter did the smart thing, and changed sides. Now he is rich, and you are jealous. Like every Quebecer, you should look for ways away from your T-4 slip and 50% taxation. You are poking fun at Peter because you are 'stuck', jealous, and mad.
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