Laurier BBQ drops Gordon Ramsay from name
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, February 16, 2012 12:59PM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, April 16, 2013 10:48PM EDT
MONTREAL - The barbecue chicken venture of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has come to an end in Montreal.
A restaurant has cut ties with the British chef, claiming frustration over what it described as his limited contribution.
A longtime local institution, the Laurier BBQ had been renovated and rechristened with Ramsay's name last summer.
As Ramsay's name was removed from the outdoor sign, the restaurant Thursday announced on its Twitter page that it would be known, from now on, as Laurier 1936.
The restaurant owner told the Montreal Gazette that Ramsay hadn't been there since last August, when a splashy reopening attracted droves of media coverage.
A statement from Ramsay expressed disappointment with the turn of events and said he more than fulfilled his contractual obligations.