Business turns to Kickstarter for public's help

A Mile End business may be faced with no choice but to file for bankruptcy, after being hidden by cranes, and trucks from a construction project next door for months.

Patrons, faced with loud noise and shaking walls, stopped coming to the restaurant on Saint-Laurent.

Owner of the Le Comme Chez Soi restaurant, Stephane Francois, turned to Kickstarter in hopes the public will step forward to help save his business – he wants to transform it into a catering business.

He has already sold the majority of his furniture, but that hasn’t stopped his creditors from coming after him for more.

“It all started with the sidewalk being blocked and big fences all along my windows,” he said.

He reached out to the borough and the contractor to come to some arrangement, but no one wanted to help.

Initially, noise was going to be the worst problem, but it quickly escalated.

Close to a dozen local business owners told CJAD News running a retailer on the main in Mile End is tough. It takes a lot of time to get through the Plateau and Mile End, and when people do get there, it’s impossible to find a parking spot – and if you do, it’s a fortune. Many are seriously considering moving.

Clients “can go easily to a shopping mall, park for free and then they don’t have worry about anything,” said Payam Tavan, owner of a boutique clothing shop.

“But in the borough’s eyes, there’s nothing wrong,” Tavan added. “They’re making money with the metres and giving out tickets.” 

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  1. jojo posted on 08/05/2014 11:41 AM
    Parking on the part of Boul St. Laurent within the "Plateau Mt. Royal" where stores are closing is $3 per hour. Parking on the flourishing part of Boul. St. Laurent between St. Zotique and Jean Talon near the market and fine Little Italy restaurants is $1 per hour. Different "philosophy"? Certainly different results.
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