The cry of alarm from the manager of Cozy Paris

    The cry of alarm from the manager of Cozy Paris

    Paris (75) Alex Bacha can no longer pay the 25,000 he owes each month in charges, repayment of bank loan and collection of arrears from his predecessor. Grant of the brewery located at the foot of the Montparnasse tower, he says he is ready to reopen without waiting for an official date.

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    Iwona Smolarek and Alex Bacha took over the Le Cozy brasserie, Paris (15th arrondissement), in 2019.

    The cry of alarm from the manager of Cozy Paris

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    The rent for Cozy, a 260 m2 brasserie at the foot of the Montparnasse tower, Paris (15th century), is 10,700 per month.

    “I got it all! A facelift, the transport strike, confinements, curfews… ” Installed for two years boulevard de Vaugirard, Paris (XVe), Alex Bacha enchances the disappointed. When he took over this brewery, located at the foot of the Montparnasse tower and next to the eponymous station, he recovered a place that had just filed for bankruptcy. He therefore had to take charge of his predecessor, “Or € 4,400 repay each month. this is added to a rent of € 10,700, € 5,000 fixed costs and a seven-year loan of € 4,600 per month. The addition is heavy. She flirts with the € 25,000. “I can not do it anymore”, reconnat Alex Bacha.

    And for good reason: when in normal times, it covers up to 150 covers a day, today, with the take-out, it only affects about twenty people between noon and the start of the curfew. Help from the state? There has been a right once, since March 2020, at the rate of € 10,000. A drop in the bucket compared to the six months rent he couldn’t pay. So much so that its owner assigns it. A bailiff has already passed by. And, this rhythm, by the end of February, Alex Bacha risks expulsion. A scenario he refuses to consider. So he decided to attack, with the help of a lawyer. His argument: if he can’t pay, it’s not because he doesn’t want to work. On the contrary ! “I am used to extended hours and seven-day weeks. He therefore calls himself a hostage and victim of a context, a situation, political decisions. He therefore demands a postponement or at least a staggering of his late rents.

    Dj two warnings

    Since the first containment in spring 2020, the Cozy menu has offered sandwiches and hot take-out meals. But, with winter and the temperatures dropping, Alex Bacha now invites his customers and regulars to come into his brewery, “warm”, time to collect their order. What is prohibited. The manager has also already been the subject of two warnings, after the passage of the police. But he needs more to fall into line. “I have a surface of 260 m2. At home, no problem respecting social distancing, compared to the crowd that congregates under the bus shelter located just in front!

    With his wife, Iwona Smolarek, they do not understand why take out can be done inside a bakery or a fast food restaurant, but that it has to be organized outside for a restaurant. The couple are not upset. The two refractories say they are even ready to reopen their establishment without waiting for an official date. For this, Alex Bacha and his wife would like to rally other Parisian bosses of bars, brasseries, restaurants, their cause, “Because unity is strength”. Their employees, currently partially unemployed, already support them. They regularly spend at the Cozy. “They come to help out in the kitchen, free of charge, confides the grant. They can no longer stay at home and do nothing. They need to regain human contact.

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