“We are going to defend ourselves tooth and nail”, says the owner of the Microdistillery
At the present time, the Microdistillery has not received an infraction ticket. But if she gets one, the owners will dispute it.
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Tommy Brochu La Tribune The co-owner of the Microdistillerie de Sherbrooke, Jean-Pierre Desrosiers, denies that 200 people came to his establishment last Saturday. If he receives a statement of offense, he will “defend himself tooth and nail” and contest it.
According to the owners of the Microdistillery, when they check their customer registers and when they look at the images of the surveillance cameras, it is shown “beyond any doubt that the Microdistillery was far from this number when the police passed by. », Can we read in a press release.
In an interview, Jean-Pierre Desrosiers argues that he welcomed 112 people in total that evening in the establishment, while the SPS said Monday that it had counted 200 people.
The Microdistillery estimates that at the time of the police visit, there were “between 75 and 85 customers, far from the maximum capacity planned of 130 people (which represents 50% of the legal capacity of 260 people in normal times)” .
“They said we yelled at the microphone 'police, police', but we don't have a microphone. I think it was a drunk customer who wanted to joke, ”says the one who assures us that he was not organizing an illegal party.
“The last hour is a little more problematic, however, agrees Mr. Desrosiers. Some people are a little more intoxicated. They take the same amount of alcohol, but more quickly. At the end of the day, when you stop serving alcohol, you see a little more slack in customers. This is where we work very hard to contain it. “
As arguments, the Microdistillery posted three videos on Facebook, which have since been deleted. Mr. Desrosiers also ensures that no one escaped from the Microdistillery.
Mr. Desrosiers mentions that he had to refuse a hundred customers at the end of the evening. Several measures have reportedly been put in place. A porter accompanied the groups of customers to a previously disinfected table and counted the number of customers.
“The general inspection report has been submitted to the prosecutor's office,” the SPS said.
At the present time, the Microdistillery has not received an infraction ticket. Mr. Desrosiers says he is ready to make the videos from 5 p.m. to midnight as well as the register available to the police.