behind the bottle: maison du bootlegger - the best charcoal grill to buy
Schalvoi, Que. —
Our young Quebec guide is dressed in red bodice, black stockings and high heels in the quirky bootdu Bootlegger steakhouse hidden in the Charlevoix forest.
From the winding staircase that takes you into the dining room to the Dutch king throne in the living room, this place is strange and has a history that matches the first impression.
It is an unusual behavior to visit bootdu Bootleggerthe-
You will tell your friends if you will stop for a day trip ($8 per person)
Or a thick steak at night (
Dinner starts at $30)
In the secret attic of the house, use a tin cup to drink a cocktail carefully and shake the night away.
16 years ago, on a snow
Winter night and present Gothicesque black-haired, black-
The owner of the DingTalk, ne Brassard, walked around the hotel with a flashlight and checked an old house, and she was full of ideas for her new career.
She has never run a bar, nightclub or steakhouse before, but the price is right and she knows the place is historic. The then-
The owner was not interested in the strange "maze" downstairs and told people not to go there.
"They have started to remove the walls," Brassard said . ".
"I think I bought this place in time.
"In the tranquil idyllic setting of Charlevoix, surrounded by woods, farmers' fields and St. coastline
The Lawrence River is a 1860 Victorian house that hides a Architectural Design designed to obstruct the authorities and even the legitimate will.
The story starts at 1940 when a self
His late father's lawyer told him that an indulgent and disrespectful rich son, under the terms of the will, would not inherit his father's property unless he found a job or started his own business.
But the will does not make it clear whether the business must be legal, nor does Norie Sellar from Pennsylvania, who likes the rules.
Shortly after Sellar's father died, the disrespectful capitalist bought a small Victorian home in Quebec. Piece-by-
He moved a well.
A house made of beams and wood seams (no nails)
In a remote place in the forest, closer to the lake, there is clearly an intention to open the fishing resort.
But he had a secret plan.
When he rebuilt the house, he included some new details in the new design: Hidden sidewalks, secret passages and disguised passagesthrough or two.
He added enough height to the attic to fill the space with tavern tables and smokers who cook meat, fish and wild games.
He extended the sloping roof and added window flaps, and if someone happened to pass the building without intention of participating in the carnival inside, he would hide the top floor. Why?
It's 1940, and parts of the United States. S.
Of course, Canada has relaxed the control of libation, but the area has not been designated as a dry area by the clergy who rule it.
At that time, different counties in the province formulated their own drinking rules. there was no line in this one.
So, sellar used his estate to open a liquor-free business, but he carefully hid it in the secret room he entered, just pressing the right panel on the shelf, set up like a haunted house movie.
There's even an uninvited person on the porch who might consider it a fake entrance to the front door
It is, but not the one that the seekers use, winding up on a narrow scratched funhouse --
Like the stairs of the bar upstairs.
Today, this place is a steakhouse and customers, including children, will buy dinner, any of several options to cook on a charcoal grill.
The hotel's original long bar tables and wooden chairs have a seat per night (
Take a closer look and you can see a desktop engraved with Sellar's signature)
If you want to try any of the 15 lively shooters on the menu, there are also two saddles as seats for the bar. The after-
When Brassard's two dogs, Black Jack and Betty Boop started the dinner show, head to the tavern in a white vest, followed by the kitchen staff in black and sports sunglasses, like some kind of Robert Palmer video.
Then it's time to rock, old school, a live band of three people crowded in the gap next to the bar.
The band shook in the attic for about two hours five nights a week, which was once a reception for doctors, lawyers, politicians and (rumour is)even U. S. President Taft.
There's no need to press it down again.
Neighbors have never complained, especially between January and April, when Brassard closed the place and went to Australia for the winter, leaving the narrow corridor downstairs to the ghost who banned the past.
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