April 16, 2024

The house owners of Chez Magazine in Sainte-Famille-de-l’Île-d’Orléans took the ax to their fantastic canteen on Tuesday morning. Simply in time for the opening of the 2024 season, the small constructing wherein the snack bar has been positioned since 1964 will rise from its ashes.

The Wonderful Canteen Chez Magazine was demolished on Tuesday. A model new constructing will likely be constructed over the winter. Vincent Desbiens

After the final rolls of the season had been served final weekend, the Gagnon household, who’ve owned the enterprise since 2018, launched their venture simply two days later.

An excavator and a handful of demolition employees labored to take away all traces of the outdated canteen, which confronted huge site visitors this summer time after its Putin was praised by influencer Olivier Primeau.

“It makes us just a little unhappy as a result of we spent a whole lot of time on this constructing and have a whole lot of good reminiscences,” says the co-owner of the fantastic cantine Chez Magazine, Marc-Antoine Gagnon.

Change for the higher

Development work on the brand new model of the canteen will start on Wednesday on the identical location, close to Chemin Royal. The house owners hope the whole lot will likely be prepared by April 2024.

The thought of ​​rebuilding at Chez Magazine has been within the works for nearly two years.

“It was beginning to get tight for us there,” explains Mr. Gagnon. At first we simply needed to renovate and develop the prevailing constructing, however that was now not attainable. With the keenness of the previous couple of years, we mentioned to ourselves that we have now to do extra.”

A renovation venture that originally value $250,000 will finally value 4 occasions as a lot to put in a model new cafeteria. The scope of the operation additionally contains different new options that will likely be unveiled in 2024.

“It’s an enormous funding, however issues are going effectively and we need to construct one thing sustainable that permits us to optimize our operations,” argues the co-owner.

(Barely) extra spacious

The brand new model of Chez Magazine will widen the constructing by six ft, from 12 to 18 on the facade. A brand new, higher outfitted and state-of-the-art kitchen will “enhance manufacturing capability with out compromising on high quality,” says Marc-Antoine Gagnon.

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Marc-Antoine and Marie-Claude Gagnon, co-owners of Wonderful Cantine Chez Magazine, felt a pang of their hearts once they noticed the constructing collapse beneath the affect of the excavator. Vincent Desbiens

“We may even have two checkouts in order that we will reply extra rapidly to buyer inquiries. We noticed that it was greater than essential this summer time. […] It’s not straightforward to serve greater than 1,000 prospects a day with only one money register!” he emphasizes.


Despite the fact that the house on the property is kind of giant, the house owners needed to protect the essence of Wonderful Cantine Chez Magazine.

There’ll due to this fact be no indoor seating and the opening dates will stay the identical. The model picture may even be retained, as will the long-lasting white and crimson facade.

“We’ll rebuild with supplies that respect heritage. It’s a canteen that has existed in Sainte-Famille for the reason that starting and can proceed to be open seasonally. It stays a vacation spot snack, a fantastic canteen. The entire world comes right here to eat good meals, drink just a little beer and benefit from the environment outdoors,” concludes Mr. Gagnon.

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