Drummondville is the first city to turn a plot of its center-city terrace-giant where people can eat a meal from a local restaurant and consume alcohol.
“We have installed picnic tables around the place Saint-Frédéric and the consumption of alcohol with a meal only, will be permitted at this location “, explained the mayor Yves Grondin.
With this project, Drummondville wishes to give a helping hand to restaurant owners, who are unaware of when they can reopen their dining room.
From Friday to Sunday, between 12 h and 22 h, the citizens will be able to order a meal and a glass of a restaurant in order to take advantage of the terrace new genre.
For the occasion, the street, Heriot as well as the streets around the place Saint-Frédéric will be pedestrian.
“People are going to live the experience, as if the terraces were open, reported Mr. Grondin, indicating that the city will adjust its project according to the guidelines of the public health.
“What really are the clients that will be allowed to eat in this great public place “, has he said. Staff will be on-site to clean up and ensure the respect of the distancing physical.
This idea was first proposed by Connection Centro, an organization that has as its mission to revitalize downtown Drummondville. “Our goal was to shake things up to revive the economy and help these businesses who will be among the last to reopen,” explained co-founder Alex Faucher.
Restaurants that offer take-away meals are delighted with this initiative.
“We are very excited. It will remake the wheel “, launched Vicky Boisvert, director of The brewery in the city, which has converted just three weeks to the take-away meals.
“It is a really good idea ! That will give us a good boost. We are fortunate to have a proactive team that is attuned to our needs, ” said the owner of the Restaurant, The Muse, Julie Arel, who has also adapted its business model to the containment.
Elsewhere in the province, Trois-Rivières and Shawinigan are working on a similar project. The two cities want to install terraces on the public highway. It lacks only the green light of the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux du Québec and the public health.