Cabaret to close this Fri­day

Stanstead Journal - - STANSTEAD JOURNAL - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Stanstead

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.

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