|The corner of Beechwood and Charlevoix wasn't always a place to fuel your automobile. Before 1962 it was home to the El Ropo Restaurant, Eastview's outlaw restaurant.|
1957, the future seemed bright. |
Source: Ottawa Journal, April 6, 1957.
Yule, caught with beer from outside Ontario. |
Source: Ottawa Journal, September 26, 1958
Gary Angell, fined $32 for assault and causing a disturbance. Yule warned about his self-defence tactics.
Source: Ottawa Journal, March 10, 1961.
order of business: have Yule explain why his restaurant should remain open.
Source: Ottawa Journal, May 18, 1961.
came out in force to oppose the granting of the El Ropo's license. |
Source: Ottawa Citizen, May 25, 1961.
pests continued to return, Yule said. His solicitor, Irving Greenberg suggested
it was a failure |
on Eastview's part to provide adequate policing. Source: Ottawa Journal, May 25, 1961.
|Yule protests Eastview's refusal to license his establishment. Source: Ottawa Citizen, May 27, 1961.|
request for another Magistrate was granted. |
Source: Ottawa Journal, June 9, 1961.
took his protest to a higher authority in mid-June. |
Source: Ottawa Citizen, June 14, 1961.
Yule fined $45. It was not to be his last fine.
Source: Ottawa Citizen, June 19, 1961.
had become an increasingly familiar presence in the courts as the result of his
struggle to stay open and manage his clientele. Source: Ottawa Journal, June 21, 1961.
While he had filed an appeal for his conviction, Yule petitioned Eastview Town Council to stop issuing summonses. He was denied. As the El Ropo case continued to consume much more oxygen than was likely desired, town council moved to amend its restaurant by-law, primarily to clarify the chief’s role.
Once again, Yule found himself on the losing end of the battle and Magistrate James Rennicks found him guilty. This time, Yule was fined $250 with costs (or 30 days) and an additional $50. He was given a suspended sentence on 17 other charges. Through the entire ordeal the signs of protest remained in the front window of the restaurant.
|Mr. Justice Aylen issued an interim injunction against Yule, forcing him to remove his protest signs. |
Source: Ottawa Journal, March 20, 1962.
|License or no license, Yule refused to back down after another round of fines. |
Source: Ottawa Journal, March 29, 1962,
Interestingly, it was a gas station that removed the fuel from this particular fire!
-- Photos & text by Christopher Ryan
The El Ropo's ride comes to an end. The building that housed the outlaw restaurant
was sold to Canadian Oil Co. Source: Ottawa Citizen, June 6, 1962.