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Ste. Anne de Bellevue

Complaints push liquor board to limit pub’s terrasse service this summer

  • The Quebec liquor board ruling imposes restriction on operating hours at Annie's terrasses this summer.
    The Quebec liquor board ruling imposes restriction on operating hours at Annie's terrasses this summer.
    Photo credit: Peter McCabe, The Gazette

Annie’s Restaurant and Pub in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue will have an earlier cut-off time for alcohol sales at its front and rear terrasses this summer.
Not by choice.

Quebec regulatory agency La Régie des Alcools, Des Courses et des Jeux (RACJ) has imposed a 12:30 a.m. limit for alcohol sales at the Ste. Anne St. bar in June and July because of a history of noise complaints and other infractions.

Among the infractions cited in the RACJ ruling this month were a demand from a doorman for an unposted $20 fee to enter the premises via the rear terrasse on Aug. 4, 2011; the presence of 83 people on the front terrasse on Aug. 12, 2011, when the authorized limit was 67; two minors on the premises and alcohol consumption in unlicensed areas, also on Aug. 12, 2011.

That’s on top of numerous calls from the public to police (and the 911 emergency number) about noise, fights and drunkenness between 2006 and 2011, and the arrest of a waitress for drunk driving when she left the bar in 2007.

Police told the Régie that Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays were the problem nights at Annie’s, with incidents usually occurring between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.

One officer told the regulators that Annie’s was the only cause for concern from a dozen establishments on the street. Cunninghams Pub had similar problems but they ended around 2010, he said.

Annie’s manager Steven Graham countered that other bars contributed to the problem. He said security had been beefed up and a higher cover charge and beer prices had reduced the Thursday lineups, making things easier to control. And the doorman who asked for the $20 fee has been fired, the hearing was told.

Annie’s had asked the Régie last year for permission to increase the capacity of its terrasses, but police and the city of Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue opposed it and the request eventually was dropped.

In its ruling, the Régie said overconsumption was the main problem at Annie’s, and it was the staff’s responsibility not to serve those showing signs of inebriation.

Citing the gravity of the breaches and the need to give the operators something to think about, it ordered alcohol sales on the terrasses to stop at 12:30 a.m., and the areas to be shut completely by 1 a.m., this June and July.

4 comments

  1. And where are the patrons supposed to go once the terrasses are closed when the over packed bar on the inside is already over capacity.?
    This is a hot spot for the boat goers as the city has put major restrictions on bars already.

    Why not limit the age to 21? This will have a huge impact on the type of clientelle that enters

    Ste-Annes is already dead because of the removal of bar only liscences.
    Say goodbye to Annies at the end of this summer, just like The Pub, The Bellevue, and Quai Sera.

  2. So between 12:30 and 1 in the morning over 120 people who have been drinking will be forced to squeze into the small ,crowded and hot bar to continue there evening…….that certainly doesnt seem like a recipe for fights.

  3. As Owners of Annie”s we feel that we can continue to give you the same pleasurable experience even with the constraints issued upon us and with your continued patronage we will work at trying to resolve the issues of all concerned.
    we look forward to your continued support of Annie’s in the upcoming 2013 season with all of it’s already implemented renovations.

    Steven Bracken

  4. The entire point of going ot Annies > the other establishments in the area is the amazing terrace on the water! With that being gone there wont be much of a draw in the summer months over the alternatives. Granted in the fall, winter spring it’s still a great choice but for summer time most would much prefer to set up in one spot and not have to move afterwards! If you are comfy and drinking you don’t want to have to move, have no where to sit and then be forced to stand! It will just come down to simple logistics and space and trying to logically organize it…with patrons that are intoxicated!

    Best of luck to the owners would hate to see it go the way of the other bars in St-annes but I can’t say I would blame them if they did with these restrictions!

    *oops the “new” cook forgot a basket full of fries in the deep frier all night….no idea where this fire came from!*

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