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Montreal City wisdom snuffs out Korean in-table BBQ

porker | Sep 24, 201108:17 AM

It was my mother's 78th birthday and I wanted to take her somewhere different (she never ate Korean, let alone do-it-yourself BBQ) so decided on Chez Hwang on Upper Lachine for table-top BBQ.
I called to make reservations and asked for a table with a BBQ unit. The lady on the phone said they all have BBQs, which left me perplexed, but I just said "OK".
I don't get to Chez Hwang often, maybe twice a year, but last time I was there, only select tables had a gas burner built into the table, kinda like this
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-T045JLGzXHo...
Arriving last night, only select tables had these units, but none were functional. The waitress said the city demanded they install exhaust hoods or cease and desist the in-table units.
We grilled on a butane powered tabletop stove instead.
Do any Montreal area Korean joints still offer the in-table BBQ? Anyone know about the new place on St. Catherine Seoul Chako?
And...
Does anyone know why the city would demand a hood for the in-table unit, but not for the table-top? Is it a matter of BTUs and exhaust? Natural gaz vs. butane? I would assume its not for particulates in the air as you get the same regardless of which system you grill on.

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