Mikes’ restaurant in Rivière-du-Loup was forced to close its doors after the partial collapse of his establishment raised fears of the worst for the structure of its building.
“In fact, Wednesday, while carrying out construction work on the sidewalks, we realized there was a problem with the foundation of the building that houses Mikes Restaurant in particular,” confirms the communications management consultant. From Rivières-du-Loup, Karen Blourd.
Initially, a specialized company, Hénault et Gosselin, was commissioned. A structural engineer was able to evaluate the building. The latter quickly recommended securing and solidifying the foundations.
Ms. Bloord stresses, however, that even if the pavement repair work allowed for internal subsidence to be detected, the expert would have to determine if there was a causal relationship between the work and the observed collapse.
At the same time, the restaurant decided to close its doors as a precaution. The sole tenant was taken over by the company’s operations manager.
The building is located at the intersection of Lafontaine and Ste-Anne avenues in the Rivière-du-Loup. Major works are currently underway on Ste-Anne between Rue La Fontaine and Saint-Andre.
Mikes Rivière-du-Loup, in addition to the building and land on Lafontaine Street, belongs to Chicoutimi-based Le Groupe D RESTO which owns several restaurant franchises Mikes, Scores, La Belle & La Boeuf, Starbucks, Entre-Côte Riverin and Baton Rouge.
In 2018, the 1886-built building was valued at $324,100. It has been designated a heritage by the city of Rivière-du-Loup.