Parrish wants apology from restaurant

Mississauga councillor Carolyn Parrish, who apologized by email to theowner of a Port Credit restaurant after ripping up a poster supportingMayor Hazel McCallion, now wants an apology from the restaurateur.

Mississauga councillor Carolyn Parrish, who apologized by email to the owner of a Port Credit restaurant after ripping up a poster supporting Mayor Hazel McCallion, now wants an apology from the restaurateur.

“I would like him to have given me an opportunity to talk about it and keep my restaurant bills private,” said Parrish, best known in her years as an MP for stomping on a George W. Bush doll for a Canadian comedy show and saying the U.S. was building a “coalition of idiots” for the Iraq war.

The brouhaha in Port Credit hit the front page of the Toronto Sun yesterday.

It all involves an incident last Thursday night, when Parrish and her husband, along with fellow councillor George Carlson and a customer that the chef, Louis Macerola, won’t name, spent $288.47 on dinner and three bottles of wine before heading off in a limo to Andrea Bocelli’s Toronto concert.

Macerola said one unused bottle was resealed and carried off by the fourth patron, who also paid the bill.

As hostess Deborah Poretta describes it, Parrish walked out the door, spotted the offending poster — promoting a rally a day earlier in support of McCallion, who is facing a judicial inquiry — and peeled off the poster taped to an inside window, tearing it into four pieces.

Parrish threw them on the floor and stepped on the pieces, with “a smirk and laughter,” before disappearing into the night, Macerola added.

“It’s disrespect to my restaurant, but more so, it’s disrespectful to all the citizens of Mississauga,” he said yesterday, six days after the post-meal histrionics. He added that Parrish is no longer welcome at his restaurant.

 
 
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