A popular and controversial downtown restaurant was firebombed early Thursday morning.
Police say passersby spotted flames in the front of Cavalli on Peel Street near De Maisonneuve Boulevard at around 5:10 AM.
Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames quickly but the sprinkler system was activated and there is water damage to the restaurant.
Montreal police constable Manuel Couture says Cavalli was targeted by an arsonist earlier this summer in May, but police can not say if the two incidents are related.
"We're searching for suspects but we don't have any information. We have to meet with witnesses and see if there are cameras in the restaurant to know who threw it."
In January, the liquor board suspended Cavalli's licences for 100 days after police determined the place had become a hangout for members of the underworld. Its name had been mentioned at the Charbonneau Commission and it had a list of infractions.
On the scene, one of the owners told the media, that the incidents were being exaggerated by reporters and that the Molotov cocktails were thrown by teenagers, not gangsters.