COVID-19 forces legendary Grumman 78 to bow out | Coronavirus

The Grumman 78 street truck and its fixed address on rue de Courcelle are therefore closing their doors for good. The projects, including a new address in Pointe-Saint-Charles, are also going up in smoke.

We’re going to shut down the company altogether. We still know our recipes. But the Grumman as such, as we have known, he disappears. He would no longer have a home. It’s finish, dropped the co-owner in an interview on Thursday, shortly after the news was posted on the restaurant’s Facebook account.

Gaëlle Cerf also founded the Yul Eat culinary festival.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Étienne Côté-Paluck

000$ per month this summer, even if we had a patio. “,” text “:” The summer has been super tough, “she admitted. We lost $ 30,000 a month this summer, even though we had a patio. “}}” Lang = “fr”>The summer has been super tough, she admitted. We lost $ 30,000 a month this summer, even though we had a patio.

We prefer to close now before leaving all our feathers there.

The co-owner explains that her business, which lost 65% of its turnover during the first wave of COVID-19, was unable to access rental assistance. To obtain it, you must have experienced a drop in income of at least 70%.

That really allowed us to dig a huge hole, she laments. The new closure of the dining rooms is the last nail in the coffin.

Does she blame the government for imposing new health restrictions on restaurants? Lucid, she believes rather that the problem is much larger than the simple closure of the dining rooms: so many restaurants need their tourist clientele, and the clients, in general, are no longer there anyway. , she says.

I can’t find a culprit. The culprit is COVID, and then that’s it. It’s 2020.

Gaëlle Cerf, co-owner of Grumman 78

The Grumman 78 was at the forefront of the renaissance of street food in Montreal, banned in 1947 on the pretext of cleanliness. It is mounted at the front to allow adaptation of municipal regulations.

Gaëlle Cerf is also the co-founder and vice-president of the Association des restaurateurs de rue du Québec, which is still campaigning with the City to allow more street food trucks in the public square.

It is appalling. We were the pioneers of several things. I hope that we are not pioneers this time.

Gaëlle Cerf in her street food truck.

The Grumman 78 gourmet truck was one of the first to hit the streets of the metropolis.

Photo: The Canadian Press / Paul Chiasson

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