November 29, 2022

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French Service Controversy: A Triumphant Resume for Bob Song

French Service Controversy: A Triumphant Resume for Bob Song

With a menu translated into French and an employee with the same last name as the mayor of Quebec, Korean restaurant Bob Sang reopened its doors Wednesday evening.

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“I found four hours in my schedule and I was happy to help them. They are adorable,” said Béatrice Marchand, a student at the École du Barreau du Quebec, who is not related to Bruno Marchand.

The young woman is not free on Wednesdays by receiving customers, taking out orders, telephone reservations and completing invoicing. At the end of the line, the calls increased slightly due to encouraging messages.

Without being completely crowded, the dining room was very busy. Already, the smiling staff has learned some traditional principles such as “Bon Appetit”.

News magazine Got to taste the amazing “bul-go-gi BBQ” or grilled and marinated Korean beef slices.

French Service Controversy: A Triumphant Resume for Bob Song

It is a matter of pride to develop

Caught in a politico-linguistic storyline, the restaurant on Avenue Maguire in Sillery has made headlines since October 12 because it is almost impossible to get service there in French.

Without offering a formal apology, Bruno Marchand admitted that more “kindness” should have been shown in the file.

The mayor previously said labor shortages should not be an “excuse” for not serving customers in French. Mr. Marchand admitted that he “definitely” could have expressed himself differently.

“There is really no benevolence towards our traders who take the initiative to come and settle. It’s already too much effort for a French-speaking Quebecer to start a business. So, if someone decides to uproot themselves, it needs some community grace.

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You should be proud of someone who learns, not angry,” explained Stephanie Salman, the first client of the evening with her spouse and their 21-month-old son.

“It’s a bit of a misstep from the mayor,” added Marc Bovin, a big fan of Korean food.

“Coming from him who worked at Centride surprised me. But he apologized and it was fine,” said another customer who requested anonymity.

The restaurant declined to comment on the reopening. Those around him explain that he wants to protect his children, who “don’t know racism.”

The latter can count on temporary employees and volunteer servers to reopen his restaurant and offer service in French.

A positive conclusion

Business Development Corporation (SDC) chief executive Maguire said he was happy to finally see people rally behind the employer.

“I am very proud of the response of the people in the neighbourhood. Citizens, politicians and businessmen were ready to help him. They understand the situation well and want to rectify it to welcome it. We are in a situation of adaptation and not of denying the French reality,” commented Bruno Salvail.

According to him, the restaurateur had to learn a third language in just four months.

“Hence my call for patience. He will learn it. I don’t worry. In six months to a year, he can hold a conversation in French.