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read that les chevres is no longer veggie centric, that so?

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  1. Less veggie centric is probably more accuracte. There's always at least one vegetarian option offered in the various courses and menus. And their website www.leschevres.com gives the impression they're willing to concoct a special vegetarian tasting menu (well, anyway, that's how I read "N.B. : Ce menu n’est qu’un exemple de ce que les chefs peuvent créer pour vous.").

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    1. re: carswell

      Yes they will concoct a special vegetarian tasting menu on request.

    2. Les Chèvres/Le Chou is apparently nothing-centric anymore. Their staff has been laid off and their answering machine message says the restaurant is "temporairement fermé." There have been rumours this was about to happen but chef Stelio had recently denied them.

      RIP Les Chèvres? If so, it's a sad day for Montreal.

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      1. re: carswell

        Really? That would be a shame.

        I walk by there at least three times a week. When I checked the other day (Monday) the sign said they were closed until the Jan 15. I thought it was just for the holiday period. I will look again when I pass by on Thursday.

        1. re: carswell

          or simply closed to re-décorate ? or do something else while keeping the "Les Chèvres" name ?

          maybe January was a slow month and they took advantage of the situation to do "something"? but usually they put a "re-opening" soon date.

          I'd like to be optimistic about the situation.

          1. re: carswell

            Are they close for good or not? You're saying laid off, means they will reopen again?

            1. re: BLM

              According to my correspondent, an insider, Les Chèvres/Le Chou has "up and shut its doors" and "laid off" its "entire staff," at least some (and, for all I know, all) of whom are looking for new jobs, and this development is "bad for Montreal." Sounds pretty definitive to me. (Lay-offs are not necessarily temporary.) But, hey, I phrased the RIP as a question and followed it with a conditional statement.

              1. re: carswell

                walked by last night and the sign has indeed changed to temporarily closed.

                too bad if it truly is as you say Carswell...

                1. re: gerbera

                  Posted last Wednesday on ...an endless banquet, one of whose bloggers was until very recently a pastry chef at Les Chèvres:

                  "43. UPDATED! Les Chèvres/Le Chou, 1201 Van Horne W., 270-1119 (Outremont) — Les Chèvres and Le Chou are no more. No word yet on what Stelio, Patrice, and Mr. B. have in mind next. More importantly (from our standpoint), no word yet on what Michelle’s next coup will be. R.I.P. We'll miss you."

                  http://endlessbanquet.blogspot.com/20...

          2. Location, Location...

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            1. re: wizpers

              Location, or the veggie-centric concept just didn't fly?

              1. re: rcianci

                Location, I'd bet, since moving away from the veggie-centric format didn't save the day. Also, it's not the first restaurant in that location to go under. Whatever. Its closing makes January 2007 even bleaker, especially for the city's vegetarian gourmets.

            2. I disagree that location killed this restaurant.It was a great place,but I heard to many persons left there hungry.It seemed to be always that "wife liked it but the husband didn't"
              In any event Stelio is a good person who is talented and he will land on his feet.I hope its closer to the downtown core,as Les Chevres was a bit out of the way.Good Luck

              1. Too true...I love food, but in smaller amounts - I'm not a big person, and I don't have a massive appetite. While I had a lovely meal at Les Chevres a while back, I left hungry (and a few hundred dollars poorer after a meal for two). I don't think that's ever happened to me, before or since... While I have enjoyed meals at Le Chou since, I wouldn't have gone back to les Chevres.

                1. Well, I walked by again last night and it is definitely closed. A new sign/note from Stelio was on the door stating that due to financial reasons they had to close both restaurants (as stated before).

                  That's too bad.

                  1. Well, I'm not sure it was just the location. I ate there twice and had a mixed experience. The first time was lovely, but it was a romantic dinner for two.

                    The second time was a dinner of four and I thought the whole experience was quite pretentious. They would serve each plate with a silver cover, and the waiters would arrive and open them all at the same time with an exaggerated flourish, uncovering the food as though they were unveiling a recently-discovered Picasso. Then they would spend well over a minute explaining each and every dish on the table, listing every ingredient and explaining the preparation in excruciating detail, as we sat there watching our food in what I suppose should have been admiration but was more akin to hunger and irritation -- and embarrassment on my part, since I had chosen the restaurant. To say it was a bit much is to put it gently.

                    All that, plus the fact that the place was awfully expensive, at least by Montreal standards, makes me think it was more than just the location.

                    1. This is a bit of a shock. According to Montreal restaurant critic Lesley Chesterman just posting on eG, ex-Les Chevres head pastry chef/co-owner Patrice Demers is as of this week the new executive chef & pastry chef of Laloux & Danny St-Pierre, formerly of Derriere les Fagots restaurant in Laval is chef de cuisine. She got this information, from Patrice last Friday.

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                      1. re: BLM

                        What happened to Dominic Tremblay and Dominique Boudreau of Café Massawipi?