Montreal Nixes Topless Breakfast Servers
December 30, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
MONTREAL, Dec. 30 (UPI) — After 11 years of serving breakfast by topless waitresses in see-through skirts, a restaurant has been ordered by the city of Montreal to require clothing.
The owner of the Restaurant Les Princesses d’Hochelaga, Raynald Morissette, told CTV News he has spent some $200,000 in legal fees since 2004 fighting the city order, but has decided to have the waitresses wear miniskirts and small vests instead.
The city originally argued the restaurant wasn’t in an area zoned to “exhibit eroticism,” The (Montreal) Gazette reported.
In the midst of the legal zoning wrangling, the restaurant’s liquor license was revoked in 2008 for serving alcohol without food, although it was restored this year, CTV said.
One waitress who asked not to be identified told the broadcaster since having to cover up, business and tips have fallen off.
“Before, when it was topless service, we made more money because there were more customers, especially tourists,” she said.