We've covered our fair share of wild brawls in the United States, but how about a chair-throwing melee at a Chinese restaurant in Canada? We can now check that off our list.
On New Year's Day in Montreal's Chinatown, patrons at New Dynasty restaurant started arguing. But what started out as verbal quickly became physical. The National Post in Canada explains:
The owner of New Dynasty restaurant, a mainstay in Montreal’s Chinatown, said “it was just a regular night” until an exchange between two tables, who didn’t know one another, erupted into a fight that snowballed into a spree of chair throwing, table tossing and glass smashing.
“It was dangerous, of course,” said the man who identified himself as the owner, but would not give his name. “You can see that [from the video]. It was out of control.”
And he's right about the video, which has just started to surface. Check it out yourself: [content warning for some language in the background]
The video is titled "Chinese vs. Blacks." But despite that description, it's unclear if the fight was racially motivated or just an observation. The video's author explained to The Smoking Gun:
In an e-mail, Turnbull told TSG that Montreal cops and paramedics arrived after the fight and “two black guys were getting their wounds treated while Police were kind of asking around. I dont think arrests were made that night because the Asians fled the scene before police arrived.”
As for the restaurant, one employee told the Montreal Gazette that the restaurant suffered “between $10,000 and $20,000 in damage."