Gatineau's transit provider must pay the owners of one restaurant more than $317,000 for lost business during the Rapibus construction project, a Quebec tribunal ruled.
It's one of about 15 cases the Société de transport de l'Outaouais (STO) faced over the construction of its new fast bus lanes. About 12 cases were settled out of court, said Gilbert Lecavalier, STO secretary and assistant to the general manager.
Brothers Jemal and Abbes Djari told CBC News they rejected the STO's $30,000 offer.
The brothers opened Tutti Frutti restaurant at Gréber and Maloney W. Blvds. in November 2009.
But once construction on the Rapibus corridor began in August 2010, Djaris said they lost customers and saw revenue drop as crews closed the road across from the restaurant in one direction for several months. The brothers also said they were forced to take decorations off the restaurant's walls due to shaking from nearby excavation.
The $255-million Rapibus fast lanes were opened in October 2013.
A Quebec tribunal has now ordered the STO to pay the owners of Tutti Frutti $294,215 for financial losses, $10,000 for inconvenience and $13,177 for legal fees.
The decision was released May 6. The STO has 30 days from that date to challenge the decision.