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Harvey's Restaurants...why are they closing

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Every few months or so I notice that a Harvey's joint is closing down.

What's the deal with that? They have a very good burger on the flame grill?

Beats McDonalds an B-king by a thounsand miles for me.

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  1. Before this gets moved to the chains board,, let me just say that the market is what it is. Anyway, Harvey's burgers are terrible. Those patties could barely be called meat and the restaurants are dirty and gross. I gave them another try not long ago because my friends wanted to go there, and my angus burger was just as crappy as the last burger I had there. The patty was more like meat loaf than an actual burger patty: all filler and weird texture. Harvey's going down the toilet and I won't miss them.

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    1. re: SnackHappy

      I agree with SnackHappy... I could eat Burgers three times a day and some days I do. Harveys was great years ago... Not any more!

      1. re: BRIANTHEFOODUDE

        What was it that you like before and not anymore?

      2. re: SnackHappy

        Harvey's on St-Catherine and St-Laurent was my 3am stop from the Foufs to home about 16 years ago, they were delicious, but i was always intoxicated.
        Everything tastes good when you have a number of Black Labels in ya!

        Just for the kitsch factor, i am sadden to hear they are closing them all down.

        1. re: GenevieveCa

          closing them all in Quebec or is the entire chain folding?

          1. re: jellybelly25

            They're not closing down systematically, but their popularity seems to be declining in Quebec. The city is littered with old Harvey's restaurants, some of which have yet to find a new life.

            1. re: SnackHappy

              the harveys on decarie is always packed

              1. re: celfie

                That's the busiest Harvey's in all of Quebec(I was told this).

        2. re: SnackHappy

          I totally agree! Harveys has been real terrible for a long time now - at least since I think the late 70's/early 80's when they stopped machine cutting & frying up fresh fries. And their advertized "Angus" product seems very similar to the frozen burgers sold in Loblaws, Provigo, etc.

          1. re: RhondaB

            I suspect that the fact that they have placed a Harvey's in each Home Depot may be a sign that they were trying to reduce their transport costs from their supplier to the point of delivery. After all, if you cart the sawdust from the cutting room to where they grill the sawdust patties, it sure beats having the patties assembled in larger sawmills and transported... ;~>

            Never liked them, and never will.... The burger was always pasty, rubbery, and suspiciously solid. I would take Dic Ann's or La Paryse any day. Even A&W is better.

            1. re: fedelst1

              You can't compare la Paryse to the Chains Burgers. La paryse it's real meat.

              Wendy's was goos many years ago but now it's just full of salt like many others chains burgers.

              Dic Anns is the sauce tha give that little zing to the burger. I like it alot also but many people I brought to try it didn't like Dic Ann's.

          2. re: SnackHappy

            SnackHappy :
            Hi can you give us a link to the chain board ? can't find it on chowhound.

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            I like harveys burger. I respect that you don't like them but all tastes are in nature. Don't tell me that you like burger king or mcdonalds? Then I would be worried for you.

            The Original Burger at harveys is not 100% meat. I was told by a cook once working there. There's cereal in the patty. (true or false, don't know)

            As for the restaurant being dirty and gross, it depends of the franchissee's way to operate a harvey's restaurant. I've seen many chain have really dirty and gross locations (KFC, Burger King, Mcdonalds, thai express, and so many more).

            I always have the original burger and dress it as I like with all those choices. I had the angus burger once but did not like it also.

            So what's your favorite burger place?

            1. re: maj54us

              "can you give us a link to the chain board ?"

              www.chowhound.com/boards/32

              1. re: carswell

                thanks, I'm so blind I couldn't find it on the main page

          3. We're not going to argue on taste for burgers. You like or not. But I would like to have feed back from those who like a harveys burger, not the haters.

            I'm still wondering why Harvey's restaurant are closing down. I realized on my last visit when I ordered a #3 Original burgel with onion rings and a coke, it took 8 minutes beofre I got my order. Can it be one of the factor in our fast paste society where Burger king with their microwave heated burgers take about 2-3 minutes to be served.

            1. I realize this post is a few years old, but I thought I would add my .02. Harvey's is owned by Cara Operations that began life catering airline meals. Cara is slowly pulling out of Quebec for reasons unknown. Witness their Chalet-Suisse chicken chain that has been absent from Quebec for some time. They also own Kelsey's and Montana's. I don't eat at Harvey's often, once every few years. The thing I like(d) about their burgers was the ability to add your own condiments. I love hot peppers and perhaps the heat kills some of the burger taste some Chowhounds object to.

              1. There are so many better places than harveys, why even care about them closing down. That burger is so far off from tasting like a real burger its not even funny. Like Snackhappy said it tastes like a meat loaf or something. Texture is really off. Anyways these fast food chains need to go, theyve been serving junk for way too long.

                1. It seems to me that they can't compete against the Lebanese places which occupy the same price point.

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                  1. re: The Chemist

                    I agree that there are better places to eat a burger than Harveys...but there are some things so 'Montreal' that you hate to see them go...I mean, imagine if the OJ were to close up??? In this day and age of fast everything; once in a while I go to Harvey's to buy a burger and load it up...and then the day doesn't seem so bad....

                    now if u told me Chez Cora was closing I would smile

                    1. re: blondee_47

                      man if i have two guilty pleasures they are chez cora and scarolies on the west island