a breath of fresh air for bars
Pedestrian projects continued on Saturday in Montreal with the gradual closure of Avenue du Mont-Royal, while street performers and passers-by mingled in a festive atmosphere, to the delight of bar owners.
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On site, the co-owner of the popular Chez Baptiste bar, Bastien Daust-Bauden, was quick to take advantage of the first day to close the commercial artery to cars in front of his establishment.
“We’ve been closed since last October, so we were expecting this, and it feels really good. The walkers allow us to increase the size of the balcony by 100%, as well as to double our sales volume, ”he explained on Saturday.
This is because Montreal’s regulations allow restaurateurs to use the space in front of neighboring businesses to enlarge their balconies, if they agree.
After a difficult winter marked by months of forced confinement due to the pandemic, the influx of pedestrians brought by pedestrians gives him hope. Not just because business will be good, he says.
People are in a good mood and the atmosphere is festive when the street is closed. It brings us closer together and restores a feeling of solidarity.
A little later, the managers we met at the Taverne Saint-Sacrement and at the Enfants du Rock also shared the enthusiasm of their colleague.
The early afternoon also proved them right.
At the corner of rue Berry and rue Mont-Royal, the Karameloo Show percussion and capoeira ensemble amazed passers-by with frenzied tunes.
“The weather is nice, bring some sun and warmth into your life,” a member of the group shouted to passers-by who came to cheer them on.
Visible from the balconies of nearby restaurants and bars, the group members were clearly performing acrobatics worthy of the greatest circuses to the applause of the crowd, who expressed their joy when one of the group members turned a Brazilian’s back. . The flag was hoisted high by passers-by.
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Obviously, if this first day is the harbinger of the summer to follow, then the atmosphere should be festive on Mont-Royal Street in the coming months.
Since the avenue’s closure began just a few hours ago, the endless orange cones have given the impression of being on an obstacle course rather than a pedestrian street.
Despite this, Natalie Gerbo, a local resident, who was heading to the balcony, still found a way to appreciate the scenery.
“With everything going on right now, just walking down the street, I feel like I’m on vacation. She took the time to say before continuing on her way.
There will be 13 pedestrian projects this summer in Montreal. They will be deployed gradually over the months of June and July.
Plateau du Mont-Royal
– Avenue du Mont-Royal between Boulevard Saint-Laurent and Rue Volum
– Rue Duluth, weekends, between Boulevard Saint Laurent and Avenue Saint-Denis
– Boulevard Saint-Laurent, between rue Sherbrooke and avenue du Mont-Royal Mercier – Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
– Ontario East, between rue Nicolet and Pie-IX. street
– Rue Bernard, from West Alley to Avenue Outremont to Bloomfield Rosemont – La Petite Battery
– Place du Marché-du-Nord
Rue Mason, from 2e rue to rue Saint-Michel
– Wellington Street from Sixth Street to Regina Street
– Rue Saint-Denis, between rue Sherbrooke and Maisonneuve Est
– Sainte-Catherine East, between Saint-Hubert and Papineau
Sainte-Catherine Street, West, between Metcalfe and Gay streets
– Crescent Street, from 1201 Crescent Street to de Maisonneuve Boulevard West Villeray – Saint-Michel – Parc-Extension
– Rue de Castelnau, between rue Saint-Denis and avenue de Gaspé