Me Philippe Colivas represented the franchisor.  Photo: LinkedIn

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Me Philippe Colivas represented the franchisor. Photo: LinkedIn

A franchisee of Casa Grecque in Granby has won in Superior Court against his franchisor and will be able to sell alcohol to his customers. Until then, Casa Grecque was strictly “bring your own wine”.

When it reopened following the deconfinement, Casa Grecque de Granby decided to open a bar area and sell alcohol and wine to its customers to ensure its financial survival. Customers could no longer bring their wine to the restaurant, a decision that went against the agreement with the franchisor, according to the latter.

The franchisee, Nikolaos Rothos, argued in court that according to the verbal agreement with the franchisor of Casa Grecque, which was never put on paper, his restaurant was going to be a Casa Grecque type “2.0” and that he could do roughly modo all he wanted. Mr. Rothos has set up Sunday brunches and a salad bar, unlike other Casas Grecques.

Me Sebastian L. Pyzik and his then intern Marc-Antoine Côté represented Mr. Rothos.  Photos: Woods website

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Me Sebastian L. Pyzik and his then intern Marc-Antoine Côté represented Mr. Rothos. Photos: Woods website

Following an exchange of emails between Mr. Rothos and the franchisor, in which Mr. Rothos announced his intention to sell wine to his customers, the franchisor filed an injunction proceeding on June 9.

According to him, Casa Grecque will suffer irreparable damage if the Granby franchise ceases to be “bring your own wine” like the others.

The franchisor was represented by Me Philippe Colivas in this case, and Mr. Rothos by Me Sebastian L. Pyzik and his trainee at the time Marc-Antoine Côté, both from Woods. Me Côté has since been hired as a lawyer by the firm.

The judge Thomas M. Davis concluded on July 17 that Casa Grecque de Granby could go ahead with its alcohol sales plan, while stressing that it would run the risk of losing the Casa Grecque trademark … but that was not for the court to decide.