March 12, 2018 1:18 pm
Updated: March 12, 2018 1:53 pm

Restaurant bar at centre of tragic Lac-Mégantic train derailment for sale

FILE - In this July 9, 2013 file photo, workers comb through debris after a train derailed causing explosions of railway cars carrying crude oil in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec.

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The popular restaurant-bar that became a symbol of the deadly 2013 train derailment in the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic is up for sale.

Le Musi-Café owner Yannick Gagné has set the asking price at $2.5 million.

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Nearly two-thirds of the 47 victims who died after the train derailed and exploded were inside the establishment at the time.

The runaway oil-tanker train was operated by the now defunct Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway (MMA).

The two-storey establishment with two outdoor terraces reopened in December 2014 — some 17 months after the tragedy.

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Gagné said at the time the new restaurant-bar would cost $1.5 million when all the bills were finally paid.

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When he reopened, he had a staff of about 20, which was five more employees than before.

Only three of his original employees returned to work in his new business.

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Gagné lost three workers in the blast and about a dozen decided to not come back.

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