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If you walk by P.J. Clarke’s during the lunch hour, the popular outdoor dining area will be empty. Only after the work shift do they become packed for dinner service. That is because Brookfield Properties is intentionally smoking them out by claiming that the construction for the surrounding Brookfield Place renovation forces Brookfield to not allow outdoor dining during the day (According to a $40 Million lawsuit brought by P.J. Clarke’s against Brookfield).
The business is so slow now that P.J. Clarke’s had to hold a fundraiser to pay the employees. But they are not leaving, according manager David Meyer.
In fact, P.J. Clarke’s is taking the fight to the public. They have started a campaign to have local diners send postcards directly to Brookfield’s man in charge of leasing, Ed Hogan (see photo below).
The spat between P.J.’s and Brookfield might seem to be of no concern to BPC residents, except that it is causing a serious detriment to the quality of life. Is the scaffolding over P.J.’s outdoor space really required, or, as the lawsuit alleges, are they meant to decrease business to the restaurant and drive them out before their lease is up?
Regardless of the answer, the bottom line is that the scaffolding has turned one of the gems of the community into an eyesore. A Canadian conglomerate of a real estate machine, Brookfield is benefiting from the construction and scaffolding, not the community.
If you support P.J. Clarke’s, or are just fed up with Brookfield being unaccountable to us peasants, you can email Ed Hogan yourself firstname.lastname@example.org. It would also be helpful to let Brookfield’s landlord know your views by emailing the Chairman of the BPCA, Dennis Mehiel email@example.com
Lastly, you are also encourage to join the Friends of BPC block association. Send us an email and we will give you more information.