EXCLUSIVE: Town demands Linguini clean up site, plans to rebuild still on hold

WATCH ABOVE: The Town of Baie d’Urfé is asking the popular West Island Ristorante Linguini to clean up the debris on its site after a fire in 2016. Baie d’Urfé Mayor Maria Tutino explains the situation.

Nearly one year and a half after a fire completely destroyed Linguini Restaurant in Baie d’Urfé, the evidence of that day is still on full display.

“We’ve gotten lots of complaints from people from the industrial park and also citizens from the town of Baie d’Urfé, that when they drive by our beautiful park it’s a bit of an eyesore,” said Baie d’Urfé Mayor Maria Tutino.

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The town said the debris has been left at the site while the Montreal Police department’s investigation was ongoing. In an email to Global News, a spokesperson for the SPVM said the investigation into the cause of the fire has recently wrapped up – it has been classified as non-criminal.
“Now that the SPVM has finished the investigation, effective this week, we’re going to be sending out a letter to Linguini to say that we’d like to see them clean up the site,” Tutino said.
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The town says it will be giving Linguini 30 days to clean up. If the restaurant doesn’t comply, the town will complete the clean-up on its own and bill the restaurant for the cost of the service.

Tutino said after the cleanup is complete, she would love to see the restaurant rebuild.

“We’re hoping that’s going to happen,” Tutino said. “It’s one of the jewels of our industrial park. It’s an excellent restaurant and it’s a much-needed asset.”

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Linguini declined our request for an on-camera interview, but co-owner Raffeale De Marco told Global News in a phone call that the restaurant is still waiting for compensation from its insurance company.  He said the restaurant and the insurance company are currently in a dispute, which they are trying to settle.

De Marco said the restaurant will meet the town’s request to clean up the site. He added that if and when they do receive the compensation, they will rebuild.