After the hoopla of celeb UK chef Gordon Ramsay joining forces with the beloved neighbourhood restaurant Laurier BBQ last August, management of the resto have recently announced that Ramsay will no longer be affiliated with their property.
In fact, the menus have already been changed and Ramsay's name has been removed from the signage outside of Laurier BBQ, which will now go by Laurier 1936 (named after the year they opened).
“I started Aug. 23, and I haven’t once laid eyes on Mr. Ramsay,” said restaurant manager Patrick Bourbonnière to The Globe and Mail. Owner Danny Lavy told The Gazette, "We wish Gordon all the best, but he’s a big star and too busy to come to the restaurant – he didn't have the time to manage it."
Ramsay's publicists responded Thursday morning (as reported by The Gazette) and said: "We are surprised and saddened by Mr. Lavy's comments. Gordon and his team have provided significant support to all levels of the business above and beyond what was required by the agreement, and we are rightfully proud to have contributed to its success to date. We have done far more than we were contractually obligated to and it is therefore extremely disappointing that Mr. Lavy should behave in this manner. Gordon would like to thank all the citizens of Montreal for their overwhelming support and he hasn’t ruled out a possible return to the city in the future."
They also added, "We are mystified by Danny Lavy’s comments and this is now in the hands of lawyers who will be watching all comments made publicly extremely carefully."