Lac-Mégantic’s Musi-Café quietly reopens

Montreal Gazette

by Peter Rakobowchuk

The restaurant-bar at Ground Zero of the deadly train derailment and explosion that killed 47 people in Quebec in July 2013 is back in business.

The Musi-Café quietly opened its doors to the public in Lac-Mégantic on Monday, about 400 metres from the original site.

Owner Yannick Gagné said only three of the original employees have returned to work with him in his new establishment.

“One of them is my chef, a friend,” he told The Canadian Press in a phone interview. “I have a girl who worked for me for three or four years — she’s coming back — and one of my good friends, Karine Blanchette, will handle all the artists who will come here.”

At the time of the disaster, Blanchette told reporters two children were left orphans after one of her friends died in the tragedy.

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