Montreal

Chez Alexandre owner says new regulation will force him to take down terrasse

Alain Creton, owner of Chez Alexandre on Peel Street, says he won't be able to keep his terrasse because of regulations involving the width of city sidewalks.

City rules say 1.5-metre space should be left between restaurant façade and terrasse

Alain Creton, owner of Chez Alexandre, says he took down his restaurant terrasse today. (Chez Alexandre)

Alain Creton, owner of Chez Alexandre on Peel Street, says he won't be able to keep his terrasse because of regulations involving the width of city sidewalks.

The City of Montreal says a 1.5-metre space should be left between a restaurant's façade and its terrasse to make it easier for people with limited mobility to get around, such as those who use wheelchairs.

Alain Creton, owner of Chez Alexandre on Peel Street, said he's had his terrasse for 40 years and has never had a problem with the city.

The new regulation will require him to put his terrasse in a parking space on the street to leave room for people to walk along the sidewalk. 

Creton told Daybreak the new rule would make things even more dangerous — for both his staff and pedestrians.

Alain Creton is upset that he will have to move his terrasse into the street because of new rules about leaving a 1.5 metre space between a restaurant's facade and its terrasse. 5:53

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