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A Winnipeg restaurateur has dropped his court motion asking Mayor Sam Katz to step down from office or repay all costs paid by the City of Winnipeg to Hu's Asian Bistro.
Joe Chan, manager of Cathay House restaurant, filed a declaration in the Court of Queen's Bench earlier this year alleging Katz is in a conflict of interest over contracts and food services related to the mayor's Hu's Asian Bistro.
In December, Katz held a taxpayer-funded Christmas party at his restaurant for the second year in a row. The previous year, the mayor's office spent $2,915 on a gathering for city councillors, department heads and their families at Hu's, according to expense records.
On Thursday, Chan's motion was withdrawn, court records show. Chan could not be reached for comment Friday.
His earlier court declaration alleged Katz breached the trust of citizens by unfairly awarding a contract to a restaurant where he is the sole shareholder.
Chan had asked that the office of the mayor "be declared vacant" or that Katz repay any and all costs paid by the City of Winnipeg to the bistro.