Not all downtown bar owners are taking issue with the Bell Centre for serving beer while showing out-of-town Habs playoff games on giant screens.
Last week, Peter Sergakis, who owns several Montreal bars and speaks for a group called the Quebec Bar Owners' Association, raised objections about the Bell Centre's serving beer during the showing of the seventh game of the Habs-Bruins series.
Sergakis has indicated he wants to sue the Bell Centre, claiming its licence does not allow it to serve beer unless an actual live event is taking place there — and that their doing so is undercutting his businesses.
Steve Siozios, the president of the Crescent Street Merchants' Association, told CJAD news that anything that draws 20,000 people to the downtown core can't be bad for business.
"It's a unique clientele that will go to these events," Siozios says. "Anything that draws people to the downtown core from the suburbs, and then have people come to pour bars after is a positive thing."
Siozios owns two bars on Crescent street, and says he hasn't noticed a dropoff in business while road games are being shown at the Bell Centre.