Patio noise annoys Sandy Hill neighbours
Residents were hoping to stop patio from opening for summer
Some residents of Sandy Hill have lost their bid to keep the patio at the Acadian House bar from opening for the summer.
Situated at the corner of King Edward Avenue and Somerset Street East, the Acadian House racks up far more noise complaints than other bars in the neighbourhood.
The city's numbers show, in recent years, the bar has stacked up more complaints about noise and garbage than six other nearby bars combined.
Ken Clavette, who lives around the corner from the bar, is one of nearly 100 neighbours who signed a petition asking the city to deny the bar its patio permit.
But just this past weekend, the bar's patio opened.
"If you have an establishment the size of the Royal Oak and it has a good relationship with the community, why doesn't this place," said Clavette.
The petition states the bar is a "source of more than one problem" every year in the neighbourhood.
It goes on to state: "Our sleep, our sense of peace and our overall sense of security and well being in the neighbourhood are more and more affected by the Acadian House's rowdy customers and negligent operation throughout the year."
The petition calls for more "regulatory action and closer oversight" of the bar.
Only 1 fine in recent years
The area's city councillor, Mathieu Fleury, points out while there may be a disproportionate number of complaints, there's only been one fine in three years.
"There might be noise at that intersection but we can't say it's specifically relating to the usage of the restaurant or the bar," said Fleury.
Christopher Collmorgen, president of Action Sandy Hill — a group that represents both residents and businesses — said a one-year moratorium would have been a reasonable compromise.
"It would have been an excellent litmus test to see, does it really help? If there's no issues, patio goes in next year," he said.
The bar's owner, Steve Fraser, said if he was breaking the rules, he'd have faced more fines.
Fraser has agreed to certain measures, including a doorman on weekends to keep patio patrons in check and closing windows and patio doors at 11 p.m., instead of 2 a.m. when the bar closes.