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, much to the delight of its many customers.
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“I found four hours in my schedule and I was happy to help them,” said Béatrice Marchand, a student at Barro 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 BBQ bul-go-gi, grilled and marinated Korean beef slices.
It is a matter of pride to develop
Caught in a political-language saga, the restaurant on Avenue Maguire in Sillery has been making 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.
“In fact there is no mercy for our merchants who take the initiative to come and settle. Already, it takes a lot of work to open a business for a French-speaking Quebecer. So if someone decides to uproot themselves, it needs a little community grace,” said the first evening with his spouse and their 21-month-old son. Client Stephanie Salman explained.
“It’s a bit of a misstep from the mayor,” added Marc Bovin, a big fan of Korean food.
“It surprised me because he worked at Centride. But he apologized and that’s fine,” said another customer who requested anonymity.
A positive conclusion
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 now count on temporary employees and volunteer servers to provide service in French.
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 very well and they want to correct it to welcome it,” commented Bruno Salvaile.
What they said
“We are in a situation of adaptation and the French are not denying the fact. From six months to a year, he can hold a conversation in French. »
– Bruno Salvile, Managing Director of SDC Maguire
“You should be proud to see them learn French without being so angry. »
– Stephanie Salman, client
“This whole story made me want to help them. I couldn’t help it. »
– Beatrice Marchand, employee
“I only wish good luck to the entrepreneurs around me. In Montreal, no one bothers you for speaking English. They are great and I wish them the best. »
— Vanessa Roberge, co-owner of Tapas & Liege Restaurant, Neighbors on Avenue Maguire