Cabaret to close this Friday
Stanstead’s Cabaret sans Frontieres will be holding its last show this Friday, closing after less than a year in business. Erin Garand and Jason Hartley, who have been running the nightclub located in the old bank building on Dufferin Street owned by Gabriel Safdie for almost a year, are hosting a special night with one of the Cabaret’s most popular acts, The Metallica Tribute Band, and a free BBQ.
“The local population just didn’t respond to what we offered. On our good nights we had mostly people from Magog, Orford, Sherbrooke. We had only about ten regular customers from the town of Stanstead,” commented Erin Garand. And that was not for lack of trying to entice customers in. The couple renovated the locale at the beginning, investing their time and money, they hosted stand-up comics from Montreal’s Comedy Lounge on Friday evenings, and tribute bands on Saturday nights. “We tried to bring in good shows, and keep them inexpensive; we weren’t trying to make a killing. It will be an emotional closing,” said Ms. Garand.
Ms. Garand continued: “The heating was expensive although we were lucky it was a mild winter. And the new laws that came into effect didn’t help. We had set up a vaping room upstairs and three weeks after we opened e-cigarettes were considered like tobacco cigarettes, so we had to close down our vaping room. Then people couldn’t smoke cigarettes on a terrasse; people complained about that. About a month ago someone complained that there were minors in the bar on days when we weren’t even open. But as a new liquor license holder, it’s not good to get complaints. But it’s really hard to understand why there was no support from the town. I’m from here and there are a lot of people here that I know. It’s very discouraging.”
“We’ll be happy to go back to normal life,” said the mother of two who also works fulltime as a Sales representative at Magog Ford. “I’d like to thank people from the town who did support us, and DJ Smitty. And I’d like to thank Gabriel and Eva for the opportunity,” concluded Erin.