The abrupt closure of the Le Cartier restaurant in Sherbrooke on Monday came as a result of unmanageable rental costs, former operator Veronica Kaczmarowski explained to the Record.
“It’s a very large space, and not all that space is used but we’re obliged to pay for it because it is here,” Kaczmarowski said, citing a lease that required an extremely high level of sale to be viable combined with a downturn in the economy leading to a reduction in sales. The sudden nature of the closure, she added, is just a reflection of how she received the news.
“We learned just before the weekend” the former owner said, explaining that she tried, unsuccessfully, to negotiate an alternative. “This was brutal.”
Read the full interview in Friday’s Record.