Restaurants found in Quebec red zones have now been closed for several weeks. The chef-owner of Temaki sushi in Chicoutimi has decided to put an end to this himself by announcing his restaurant's reopening, despite the bans.
The Minister of Public Safety, Geneviève Guilbault, is asking restaurants to remain closed if they're in a red zone.
At a press briefing on Wednesday, November 4, the minister asked citizens not to frequent restaurants that decide to reopen despite the red zone instructions.
First of all, the message we send is obviously "don't open your restaurants if you're in the red zone, it's forbidden."
Geneviève Guilbault, Minister of Public Safety
Guilbault reminded everyone that anyone who does not respect the regulations put in place for closed establishments can face fines as much as the restaurant owners themselves.
The owner of Temaki restaurant in Chicoutimi has planned its reopening this Friday, as you can read on the Facebook page.
"Temaki will be open this Friday, November 6 as a protest against the closure measures, which I consider irrational, taken by the government against my industry, my profession and my passion," he wrote.
This position has received several reactions from customers who visibly disagree and find this gesture irresponsible.
"I wanted to encourage you by going out for sushi. Not agreeing at all with this decision, I will refrain from doing so," he writes.
Other commenters showed solidarity and compassion for the current situation in the restaurants.
Nevski's khachapuri, a Georgian cheese bread dish, is made with homemade dough and a mix of cheeses, topped with a runny egg yolk — and the restaurant's menu even teaches you how to eat it.
Its Moscow mule menu, four different takes on the classic drink — made with different spirits, ginger beer, fruit syrups and citrus — even offers mules by the pitcher for $29. There's also an extensive cocktail menu with 10 other Russian-themed options, and a few other pitcher options available for the same price.
Nevski also has a menu of dumplings stuffed with different meats, herbs and vegetables.
Though the menu also offers Russian-inspired desserts, you can also satisfy your sweet tooth with a boozy milkshake menu made with Russian ice cream, milk, Russian waffles, and vodka, Kahlua, whisky and Amaretto.
With so much alcohol on the menu, it's hard to choose your preferred drink — Nevski also offers a wide-range vodka menu, which you can enjoy with a side of bread and pickles in true Russian form, along with a wine and beer list.
Cuisine: Russian and former Soviet republics
Address: 1228, rue Stanley, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Eat and drink like a Russian, surrounded by artsy kitschy decor inspired by the streets of Saint Petersburg.
Thai SELECT Signature is the highest level of certification, given to restaurants that exceed all criteria. Restaurants with this certification "personify authentic Thai characteristics, serve Thai food made with quality ingredients, offer an elevated setting, and provide outstanding service."
Thai SELECT Classic, the second level of certification, is given to Thai restaurants with "excellent quality all around" that "embody authentic Thai Cuisine with considerably good service along with great value."
Thai SELECT Casual is the lowest level of certification. While these restaurants still offer authentic Thai food, they're more "on-the-go" and have limited customer service.
While his wife, Julie Petry, had posted that the bloodshot eyes were due to an "upper-body injury," she didn't tell curious Habs fans much more — other than saying it wasn't allergies, wasn't because he wasn't tired and wasn't the result of "a couple nights in Vegas."
He called it a "freak accident" that occurred when he put his hand on the arena's glass barrier to brace himself after skating over holes on the ice. He said his pinky finger went into the glass and his momentum pushed the rest of his body forward, breaking his finger.
"The eyes were all because when they were setting my finger back into place to put the cast on, I basically passed out and popped all the blood vessels in my eyes," Petry said.
By Friday's press conference, Petry's eyes were clear, appearing to have healed. But the haunting memory will live on — at least until the Canadiens' official store runs out of Petry "Red Eye" T-shirts.