Amir Toledano’s Fuego Restaurant is no more.
The kosher steakhouse burned to the ground Monday morning in what the fire department is calling a suspected case of arson.
The restaurant was a popular one with cars parked in the front until late in the evening most nights.
Toledano was very vocal when two other kosher restaurants were firebombed earlier this year.
In an article published in The Toronto Star, Toledano denied involvement and played down speculation that the firebombing a were a result if a ‘mafia’ controlled price war, even as his name was being openly used by investigators.
Toledano told the Toronto Star at the time that “police testimony about his past and possible links to gang members that was used to strip a downtown bar of its liquor licence also has no bearing on the Molotov cocktail attacks against kosher restaurants.
The written decision by Quebec’s alcohol and gaming commission said the Pub St-James was a hot spot for violence and a known hangout for members of the violent street gang Les Bleus, whose members are mostly Quebec-born Haitians and may have ties to the Hells Angels biker gang.
‘Amir Toledano was seen at the establishment in the presence of individuals belonging to a criminal group and he presented himself as the owner,’ the decision says.
The provincial commission also revoked the bar’s alcohol permit, citing Toledano’s unspecified past legal troubles.”
There is no word yet as to if Fuego will be rebuilt.
Toledano is also co-owner of Mega Burger, a recently opened kosher hamburger shop located on Decarie.