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Restaurant Closures

I have noticed that Garam Masala and the Tapas restaurants on Monkland and EAST INDIAN COMPANY-corner of Cote des Neiges and Queen Mary have all closed their doors.

I know winter is pretty hard on an all ready hard business.

Any other closures anyone knows about?

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  1. The Vietnamese restaurant Papaya Verte on Bernard West has just closed.

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    1. re: BLM

      If I'm not mistaken, the tapas location on Monkland has been replaced by a Greek resto, "Mykonos" which I noticed opened back in November/December. BTW has anyone tried it yet? I had eaten at Garam Massala a few times but was very disapointed on our last visit and didn't go back. As we are all aware the restaurant business is a tough one, especially in this city.

      1. re: ios94

        I had a similar experience at Garam Masala - I went for the first time 2 years ago and the food was incredible, but my last visit 6 months ago was very disappointing. I have never worked in the resto business - any opinions on why it is so hard to maintain the quality of the product? Is it the responsability of the chef, or are there outside influences that play an equally important role?

        1. re: Joy of food

          Discussion of restaurant economics is offtopic for this board. We've moved a response on this topic to the Not About food board, at http://www.chowhound.com/topics/383806

    2. The new Greek restaurant that opened up has the same owners (at least one of the same owners) as the trying-to-hard-to-be-trendy Tapas restaurant. He also owns a bad coffee/lunch place on St-Catherine’s called Mars/Venus. I don’t like the guy. I didn’t look at the menu yet but I’m assuming it’s brochettes, bla, bla, bla…

      I tried Garam Masala a few years ago and was not disappointed but not impressed. I hope they open up something better this time- I was dreaming of snatching that place up and opening a nice breakfast joint….*sigh*

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      1. re: Arktik

        Arktik, I was going to say, "it's probably just another run of the mill" Greek place, with the typical menu. I was walking by a couple of months ago and stopped to read his menu that was posted in the front window. The only thing that stuck out to me was the overpriced Saganaki appetizer, If I'm not mistaken it was $13.95 or $15.95 (someone correct me If I misread but I do remember some over inflated price).

      2. Just noticed that the coffee establishment that Carswell recommends in CDN(close by to the former East India Company restaurant location), has closed up temporary. There's new administration, & they're suppose to re-open at end of his month. Can't remember the name of the establishment.

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        1. re: BLM

          Thanks for the heads-up, BLM. The name is/was Tentations Gourmets. Sorry to see it go, since they pulled the only halfway decent espresso in the neighbourhood. The failure rate on that block of Queen Mary is incredibly high. Wonder whether it's location or high rent. Maybe both, though Tentations Gourmets didn't seem to be wanting for customers.

          1. re: carswell

            Cobalt on St. Paul which was temporarily closed due to a flood seems to now be closed for good.

        2. There's a For Rent sign in the window of Caffélix, the cafe on Côte-des-Neiges just around the corner from Tentations Gourmets. Tough neighbourhood, I guess.
          www.chowhound.com/topics/98712#1788139

          1. The Gazette is reporting Area is closing -- bankrupt.

            On another note, another board is reporting Cube will re-open in a month or so.

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            1. re: Fritzy

              Wonder what impact Area's closing will have on Halte Urbaine.

              edit: The article's online and Halte Urbaine is mentioned in the last paragraph: "For the immediate future, Perreault will carry on as chef at the Outremont restaurant Halte Urbain, which is owned by his wife, Melanie Martin."

              1. re: carswell

                "Perreault will carry on as chef at the Outremont restaurant Halte Urbain"

                Should be Halte Urbaine, btw. Does no one at the Gazoo speak French?
                www.halteurbaine.com

                1. re: carswell

                  Maeve Haldane's reviews Halte Urbaine in today's Hour paper http://www.hour.ca/food/food.aspx?iID...

              2. re: Fritzy

                another big WTF !!!

                What's happening !!!!

                ok, I really need to go out and dine out before they all close down.

                1. re: Maximilien

                  "What's happening !!!!"

                  Two factors, according to the article (see below). Specific to this restaurant was the fact that Perreault was saddled with $300K+ in debt, part of which was related to the demise of Rest Area. More generally, growing competition. Perreault: "When I opened eight years ago, there wasn't that much competition. But these days, every new restaurant coming on to the scene is a small chef-owned establishment like mine."

                  The article's still online, though probably not for long. www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/a...

                  1. re: carswell

                    Just finished reading the Gazette article. Maybe there's too many restaurants in Montreal?

                    1. re: carswell

                      I get the debt part, but as far as competition there are precious few restos that hold a candle to the food at AREA---I am beyond saddened by this. Halte Urbaine is excellent, but the atmosphere and service at Area.......*sniff sniff*. Must call to find out the actual closing date...ugh.

                        1. re: BLM

                          Seriously?? That's it? Are you 100% certain? Waaaaahhhhhhh.

                          1. re: foodismyfriend

                            It's mentioned in today's Lesley Chesterman Montreal Gazette article.

                      1. re: carswell

                        I read that too. What a shame (that our city can't support such a restaurant) and I haven't even had a chance to go there yet!