Korean restaurant Bab Sang: Marchand makes a mini mea culpa

Bab Sang Korean restaurant: Merchant does a mini mea culpa


Without making a formal apology, Bruno Marchand lip servicedly admitted that he should have shown more “benevolence” in the politico-linguistic saga that has surrounded the Korean restaurant Bab Sang for the past two weeks.  

“ In a language context, there is an issue where even more benevolence must be placed. Even if I have placed some, I think I have to show even more benevolence,” said the mayor of Quebec, Monday morning, on the sidelines of a press briefing.

The controversy surrounding this restaurant on rue Maguire, in Sillery, erupted on October 12 when it was revealed that it was almost impossible to obtain service in French. 

Mayor Marchand reacted the same day by saying that the labor shortage should not be a “pretext” for not serving customers in French.

An “acrimonious” debate

“My will in relation to French does not change, added the mayor on Monday. But it is important, in a debate that can be acrimonious, to always bring back this idea of ​​how we do as a community to be benevolent, to welcome, to support, to help each other and to create this very strong fabric that does not escape no one on the way. 

Without denying his initial comments, Mr. Marchand agreed that he would “definitely ” could have expressed himself differently the day the controversy broke out.

The latter added that he would gladly eat at the Korean restaurant at some point.

But he prefers, for the moment, “to let the turmoil pass,” he said. in solidarity with the restaurateur “ Joe ” who will be able to count on temporary employees and volunteer servers to reopen his restaurant – three to four evenings a week – and offer service in French. 

“ I find it great that there are people who are mobilizing, taking action to support a merchant, help him learn French and translate his posters into French. There is an extraordinary benevolence there”, he rejoiced.

“I welcome his comments ”

Asked to comment on Mr. Marchand's exit, Bruno Salvail, Managing Director of Société de développement commercial (SDC) Maguire, said: “I welcome his comments. It will be my pleasure to meet him on the street when he comes to eat at Bab Sang ».

– With the collaboration of Jean- Luc Lavallée


“From the start, we've been talking about the same thing, but I'm glad he that he should have been more benevolent. I am satisfied. He should even go meet him, the restorer, and hear his story.”

– Claude Villeneuve, chief of Quebec first

“It's very little, very late. It's his style. After watching public opinion, he speaks extremely lukewarm.”

– Jackie Smith , head of Transition Québec

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