An uneggspected sight in Old Montreal

The sudden shutdown and eviction of the restaurant - at 201 St. Jacques, corner of St. François Xavier St. - cut the number of franchised Eggspectations in the Montreal area to seven from eight. Four more franchises operate in the eastern U.S., and two in India.

The Montreal Gazette
December 12, 2008

An uneggspected sight in Old Montreal
Jan Ravensbergen

When a soured franchise relationship boiled over into acrimony, everything in the 200-seat Eggspectation Resto-Café-Bar in Old Montreal was flung onto the sidewalks lining St. Jacques St. W. in the early hours yesterday.

The scrambled mess was created by the building's landlord, under a bailiff's supervision. A work crew executed a court eviction order obtained by the Montreal-based company that runs the Eggspectation franchise.

Some quick-fingered, early-bird passers-by apparently took advantage of the high-profile business crack-up at the upscale, egg-centred eatery to snap up liquor, furniture and other valuables.

Police were posted from about 7 a.m. to prevent a free-for-all. Two squad cars remained, lights flashing, at 6:30 last night, but were gone by 7:45.

The sudden shutdown and eviction of the restaurant - at 201 St. Jacques, corner of St. François Xavier St. - cut the number of franchised Eggspectations in the Montreal area to seven from eight. Four more franchises operate in the eastern U.S., and two in India.

The defunct outlet's majority shareholder is Newton Phillip Bastiampillai of Pierrefonds, operating through a numbered company. He couldn't be reached.

Eggspectations Restaurants Quebec Inc. of Montreal, the franchisor, registered a Quebec Superior Court eviction order against Bastiampillai Tuesday, said Pradeep Anand, the company's controller.

"The franchisee was given an opportunity to remove his stock and his equipment" from the premises, Anand said, "but he didn't."

The franchisor is controlled by Enzo Renda of Dollard des Ormeaux and Jimmy Skindilias of Laval.

Borough councillor Karim Boulos said the Ville Marie borough was caught by surprise. Ville Marie hired a company called Go Cube Inc. "to clean up the mess" by this morning, Boulos added.

Who'll foot the bill? "I don't know," he responded.

It appears that absolutely everything got the heave-ho: holiday decorations, a juicer, filing cabinets, liquor, fruit, vegetables, sausages, tables, chairs, kitchen supplies and, of course, eggs.

Whatever is salvaged, Boulos said, "will be auctioned off."

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© The Gazette (Montreal) 2008


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