Chez Maurice up for sale
By Carmen Marie Fabio
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Chez Maurice co-owner Richard Chartrand said the cost of the pandemic-induced closure of his bar – a fixture on the entertainment scene for decades – is forcing him to put the building on the market.
A Saint-Lazare landmark building is up for sale after being the go-to place for live music for 40 years. Bar Chez Maurice located at the corner of Chemin Sainte-Angélique and Bédard Avenue, has been put on the market for the asking price of $4.68 million.
“It’s for the same reason as every other business that’s for sale,” said current co-owner and District 5 Councillor Richard Chartrand. “We’ve been closed for almost a year. We were thinking we would open in the springtime or the summer, or maybe the autumn, but we don’t know. Every time I think the situation is better, it’s worse than what I thought.”
Though Chartrand, who owns the two-storey locale with his brother, said his first priority was to reopen, it’s costing roughly $15,000 a month to maintain the empty building. And though more government financial aid is currently available to bar owners, the decision has been made and the contracts with the real estate agent have been signed.
The establishment has been in the Chartrand family since 1938 and is named for Chartrand’s father Maurice.