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This one, is for restaurant closings in Montreal for 2009 year.

  1. Gandhi Royal Cari, on St-Laurent north of Fairmount, is now closed. We used to like this restaurant quite a lot and had been going there for years, but our last experience in last November was a disaster. Decoration had been removed from the walls (guess they were getting ready to close), we were the only customers and it took forever to receive our subpar cold dishes...

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    1. re: plumeria

      Fortunately there are still three other Indian restaurants all on that same block. (Porte de l'Inde, Palais d'Inde, and Maison Cari Golden.)

      It's still somewhat unsettling though... Hopefully new restaurants will open up soon. They could use a lebanese place around there, and sushi wouldn't hurt either.

    2. Sur le Pouce which is basically a la belle province type restaurant, on Cremazie just east of St-Laurent, seems to have closed. I doubt any tears will be shed. But they just opened in August and my friend had commented on how the location really sucked and before we knew it they were closed. I had been meaning to try their poutine though just in case it was a hidden gem.

      1. Looks like Sushi Yu Mi didn't make it through the winter. There's a banner up announcing a new Al Taïb location.

        1. That would make 4 Al Taib locations within 1 blocks of Guy/ de Maisonneuve, no? The Tim Horton's strategy?

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          1. re: everyonelovessushi

            So I'm guessing all the Al Taib locations are company-owned(none of them franchises), being so close together?

            1. re: everyonelovessushi

              this one is called "Grillades al taib" so i guess theyre going for something a little different this time

              1. re: everyonelovessushi

                Don't forget there's also one in the peel metro tunnel (when you enter from rue Stanley).

              2. The windows of Au Feu Bistro, NW corner of Mont-Royal and St-Dominque (?), were papered over when I walked by this evening.

                1. What's going on with Chez Levesque? Closing? Paper in the windows....

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                  1. re: CocoBean

                    Closed for renovations. Or so they say.

                  2. I don't know if Mr. Spicee closed but when I passed 2 days ago the name was Spicees and there was a sign advertising their specialties (pholouries, doubles, etc). On that same block a lot of little hole-in-the-wall Jamaican and Caribbean places have cropped up.

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                    1. re: hungryann

                      I brought it up on this board about a month or two, that Mr. Spicee is now Spicees, but people still kept calling them Mr. Spicee on this board. Maybe they believe you, when you say it.

                    2. According to hubby, CFCF News has reported that the venerable Picasso's in NDG on St-Jacques has closed suddenly, without notifying staff first. Employees say they hadn't been paid in two weeks, and showed up to locked doors. Very sad to lose an institution that's been around since 1979, serving up reliably hearty - if not gourmet - breakfasts 24 hours a day. Until recently, they'd been considered recession-proof, serving up 40,000 eggs a week. RIP Picasso's.

                      Here's an online tribute: http://www.westmountexaminer.com/arti...

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                      1. re: kpzoo

                        Sorry to hear but IMHO no great loss. Anyone remember the original occupant of that location --- Donut King? For CSLers In the 70's DK was the place to hang after a movie or for late night snax.

                        1. re: RhondaB

                          > Sorry to hear but IMHO no great loss.

                          It may be no great loss for you, but please tell me where my night-owl hubby can order a club sandwich or a complete breakfast for delivery at 4 or 5 am in NDG and you'll make him a happy man. ;-)

                          1. re: RhondaB

                            OMG Rhonda, do I ever remember Donut King- now I really really feel old.

                          2. re: kpzoo

                            That's really too bad for the employees! I'm sure some of them had been there a long time.

                            1. re: kpzoo

                              Damn! That is indeed sad news. I've been there countless times and always liked the atmosphere and breakfast options. I feel very bad for the employees - they all seemed like very hardworking people. :-(

                              1. re: kpzoo

                                Stay tuned for possible reopening of Picasso's:
                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/651825

                              2. Could Bardeco Pizza location in downtown(on Lincoln) be now closed? They were closed today, & I see some newspapers outside piled up a bit & snow not cleared in their terrace area.

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                                1. re: BLM

                                  Looks like that Bardeco is indeed closed. I walk past it everyday and haven't seen any sign of life in it for weeks. Too bad they were good but I think they charged too much for their pizzas.

                                  1. re: jonny8

                                    I just checked with Bardeco - they told me that their dining room is closed, but they're still doing takeout and delivery pizza. Not sure if it's at the same address, but it is the same phone number.

                                2. There's brown paper across many a business these days. Restaurants, I would imagine, would be on the cutting edge of closure during a recession/depression. That's what's happening and it will only get worse before it gets better. Living a delusion will almost always come back and bite you on the bottom.

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                                  1. re: everyonelovessushi

                                    No kidding. I thought bars were fairly immune, though, and maybe even pubs (real ones, not the fancy above-Ste-Catherine nonsense) were doing better -the logic being people need to commiserate when times are tough.

                                    I thought wrong. A friend of mine serving in a pub told me this wkend that the volume and thus tips have been down 50% this year. The bars still look full enough, but people are barely drinking. Restaurants... far from full.

                                    In closing/opening news, the cafe that closed at St-Laurent and Guilbault late last year now has a sign promising a Cafe Noir opening soon. Good luck, especially with the Second Cup right next door.

                                    It's hard enough being in the hospitality biz any time, to be opening one now, as everyonelovessushi said, you must be delusional.

                                    1. re: Shattered

                                      While not a restaurant per se there is a for rent sign in the window of La Tablee the prepared food store on Monkland and Harvard.

                                      1. re: eat2much

                                        Table de Ville? -- the place across from the kitchen gear store? If so, that's too bad: Beverley is a good cook and works very hard... we had some good meals from there.

                                        1. re: TheSnowpea

                                          It seems like there might be anther casualty on Monkland. The Greek restaurant Mykonos is empty and dark with no signs ib the door as to renovation/re-opening etc. BTW the taverne is renovating and will be reopening on the 21st.

                                  2. "Le petit Toscan" closed down and reopened at "Le petit Niçeois" but it's not the same owner. Too bad, "Le petit Toscan"'s owner was so nice...wonder what happened.

                                    1. Shalimar cuisine on Sources sadly is no more. It lasted barely a year. It has been replaced by another Pakistani/Indian resto called Tandoor et Grille and a few doors down what used to be Shed Tandoor is now Apni Haweli. I found this website that reviews quite a few obscure restaurants:
                                      http://restoplanet.net/index.php?pr=H...
                                      I don't know if I ave stumbled on a gem of a ressource in order to identify places that are flying under the radar or if it's a dud.

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                                      1. re: hungryann

                                        You know what that is don't you? They're the folks who make those fake reviews that get posted in the windows of every ethnic restaurant in Montreal. Magazine Destination Montreal By Night Journal. Those things are 100% certified baloney.

                                        1. re: SnackHappy

                                          It looked fishy. I hadn't heard of 95% of these places they had "reviewed".

                                      2. not a restaurant, but Saum-mon (@ its St-Laurent location) closed last week.

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                                        1. re: Maximilien

                                          It appears that Saum-mom is vying for the title of Montreal's most nomadic store, has moved for a third time in as many years and is now ensconced at 4378 Papineau (514 564-3024). See www.hour.ca/food/food.aspx?iIDArticle...

                                        2. Bistro Orange on Stanley had its windows covered and a piece of paper on the door reading "temporarily closed" today. Not sure what the deal is.

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                                          1. re: blond_america

                                            I don't think Bistro Orange on Stanley, has ever opened yet.

                                            1. re: BLM

                                              It was open earlier in the year. This thread includes a mention of a terrible experience at the Stanley location in January.

                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/585526

                                              1. re: blond_america

                                                I stand corrected. Everytime, I passed through there, it seems to be always closed(I'm around that area a lot).

                                          2. Boston hound here. Just returned from a weekend in Montreal. Last trip in was for a New Year's celebration.
                                            I went in to Old Montreal to Rue de la Commune for honey balls and/ or a Volcano, but found L'Espirit de Carnival at #123 Rue de la Commune closed and repainted. Beaver tails and Quelle de Castor were still in operation at #127.
                                            Did this just close in 2009, or has this been gone for a while? I had been to it on several trips and remember reading a reference to it in Barry Lazar's book.

                                            1. Assess Asia restaurant in downtown Montreal on Sherbrooke West, near the McGill U gates seems to be closed(noticed 'For Rent' sign, when I went quickly by yesterday). Unless possiblility it has relocated.

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                                              1. re: BLM

                                                Funny how the resto scene is booming around Concordia but never seems to catch fire around McGill. While Access Asia may not have been stellar, it was at least serviceable and convenient to the campus. Sorry to see the already short list of McGill options shrink even further.

                                                1. re: BLM

                                                  Are you sure it wasn't the space next door to Access Asia? They used to have two bays, but now have only one, and I seem to recall the second bay being for rent. Last time I checked, the restaurant was still there, although that was a few weeks ago...

                                                  1. re: cherylmtl

                                                    I went by to check it more closely Sunday afternoon. Access Asia restaurant is definitely closed(taking a look inside, it's empty).

                                                2. Le Petit Munich on St. John's in Pierrefonds has closed. I just went yesterday to pick up some bakery items and it's gone.

                                                  They've stolen my stollen!

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                                                  1. re: MikeyMadness

                                                    NO NO NO - PLEASE tell me they're just renovating, gone fishing or something. That was some of the best stollen I ever had. Not to mention the old fashioned hearty European breads. Come one, it's not TRUE. Mikey, please....

                                                    1. re: maisonbistro

                                                      Le Petit Munich did move a few months ago. to the strip mall next door

                                                      1. re: fredmir

                                                        You mean from where they moved to last year? next door to the TD bank, across the street (kind of) from Loblaws? They've moved from there? If so, where to?

                                                        I'm calling today. This news has totally ruined my Xmas.

                                                        1. re: maisonbistro

                                                          Fear not, they are still around. They even had 2 tables this past Saturday at the Strangers in the Night fundraiser.I had that great bread with the seeds. I believe they are still where they moved last year.

                                                  2. Kremlin on Beaver Hall HIll is all papered up.

                                                    1. Le Bisou, 4147 St-Laurent just below Rachel

                                                      From the facebook mailing list:

                                                      "le bisou is dying in the coming weeks due to the noise complaints of a pigheaded troll that lives behind us.
                                                      be sure to soak it up while you can!

                                                      death of bisou
                                                      every friday and sat 3am to 6am til they pry it from my cold dead fingers!"

                                                      So score another one for douches who should stay in the 'burbs... then again, staying open past 3 has been a not-so-secret semi-regular thing, so it could be just the excuse the city needed.

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                                                      1. re: Shattered

                                                        Uhm, anyone who knows the history of Montreal knows that the area around Rue St-Laurent was and still is residential. It's only in very recent history that noisy all-night commercial establishments have replaced daytime retail stores on the street. To pretend people who have lived there far longer than any of these crap shoot money grabs have existed should move to the suburbs is a joke.

                                                      2. The sign for Burritoville on Sherbrooke St. West has disappeared. I noticed while walking on the other side of the street, but the terrasse also looked void of any furniture. Say it isn't so!

                                                        I know they have a bigger one downtown now, on Bishop, and I frequent that one often, but the original NDG spot is in my 'hood. =(

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                                                        1. re: lorie

                                                          Bleh I hope something better opens there. The service was warm and friendly at Burritoville, but everything else was below average.

                                                          1. re: lorie

                                                            I asked about the Sherbrooke location while at the downtown location today and indeed it is closed down. The person i spoke to mentioned that a lack of space at the old location was one of the reasons for the closing.

                                                          2. Does anybody know what's happening with the hot dog joint on Westminster in Montreal West? Perhaps it's not exactly gourmet cuisine, but it holds a couple of nostalgic memories for me. Apparently, its windows have been papered up. Are they renovating? Closed?

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                                                            1. re: janetmweiss

                                                              Yeah, I saw that too- I hope some kind of renovation or temporary issue. Closest place for me for hot dogs and fries - ever since Mr. Hot Dog closed down.

                                                              1. re: maisonbistro

                                                                Sad news:

                                                                Passed by today and was disappointed to find it was all papered up(July 3rd newspaper)! I went into the dry cleaner's next door to find out what had happened.

                                                                As it turns out, the owners sold the location to these Egyptians who are opening a steak, burgers and fries joint. Sad day for all. Sad WEEK for all.

                                                                Geeze. :(

                                                            2. Taouk Suprême on Park Ave, a few doors north of Renaud-Bray. Meanwhile the almost next-door Subway outlet is going gangbusters...

                                                              Freaked out when I saw that the windows of Le Margaux were papered over. Was taking public transit to the screening of La Strada and so couldn't investigate, but I detoured on my way back home to check. Turns out they're renovating (strange as that seems for a resto that has not been open very long) and will be closed until early August. Phew!

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                                                              1. re: carswell

                                                                No surprise about Taouk Supreme, it's been empty or virtually empty every time I've walked by, which is probably a couple hundred times since it opened a couple years ago. It became a curiosity to me as to how it stayed opened so long with almost no business. It'll be missed for this reason.
                                                                On a side note there's a sign up outside saying it will soon be a Bofinger location. I love pulled pork, ribs all that BBQ type food. My weight should double and my bank account halve once it opens.

                                                              2. L'Actuel is closing down for good on August 21st according to the add they posted in this monring La Presse

                                                                1. l'actuel 1194 peel 21 aout

                                                                  1. The windows of Restaurant Mimi on Parc Ave. next door to Caffè In Gamba are all papered over. Never ate there but it was quite busy the last few times I dropped by CIG.

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                                                                    1. re: carswell

                                                                      Zeste de Folie Closed..........RIP

                                                                      1. re: cerati

                                                                        Are you sure they're defunct? The somewhat garbled message on their answering machine says they're temporarily closed (due to illness? couldn't make it out) but that the reopening dates will be announced in the papers and in an updated answering machine message.

                                                                        1. re: carswell

                                                                          It seems that Garcon on Sherbooke has closed.

                                                                        2. re: cerati

                                                                          Brasserie Brunoise has closed
                                                                          http://www.brunoise.ca/

                                                                      2. Romados is closed as of yesterday til Oct 2nd :(
                                                                        Good news is its for kitchen renos, and 6 free tartlets with $20 from the kitchen for their re-opening.

                                                                        (I went to Coco Rico instead. It was okay, just okay. Piri way to thin, then they put a seasoned salt on for some reason, so it was all way too salty. Plus potatoes are nothing special. Chicken was nice, though, but again, too damn salty.)

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                                                                        1. re: Shattered

                                                                          NOOOOO!

                                                                          I was planning to pick up some dinner from there Friday night, I'm having some friends over.

                                                                          Well then, it will be Portugalia or Braseiro, will still be very enjoyable.

                                                                          1. re: sweettoothMTL

                                                                            If you are up Braseiro way, you might be interested in trying out Casa Alentejo, who currently have a $10 Portuguese grilled chicken takeaway special (plus tax, presumably).

                                                                            I have NOT tried their chicken yet - this must be remedied soon. A Portuguese couple I know who have a small (non-food) business say they like Alentejo's chicken and pick it up when too busy to cook after work, but again, this is but a second-hand recommendation. Just wanted to point it out as it is a bit hidden, on the block of St-Hubert just south of the "Plaza" portion, between Rosemont and Bellechasse.

                                                                            Casa Alentejo
                                                                            Address: 5938 Rue Saint-Hubert
                                                                            Montreal, Quebec H2S2L7
                                                                            Phone: 514-272-9797

                                                                          2. re: Shattered

                                                                            Romados has been open again about a week - and I've already been 3 times since last Monday. Had liver for a change (daily special) last Friday. A generous, thick, perfectly cooked pork liver, but unfortunately I didn't like the sweet liquid yellow sauce it came in.

                                                                            Nice renovation - brighter and roomier, especially in the kitchen, with gates to direct traffic. They seem to have expanded daily specials, too, now offering a few choices instead of one. First time I recall seeing liver, and they had osso buco Sunday.

                                                                            And prices haven't gone up a penny!

                                                                            1. re: Shattered

                                                                              That sounds great, shattered! Thanks!

                                                                          3. Quatre Saisons Korean joint on St. Jacques near the metro in St. Henri - replaced by a shiny fast food pizza place. When the heck did that happen?!

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                                                                            1. re: chilipepper

                                                                              It happened somewhere in july, the pizza place used to be on notre-dame corner ste-marguerite

                                                                              1. re: westaust

                                                                                heard on radio that last murrays branch and fireside grill on vanhorne went bankrupt, despite latter having "regulars"...tough times for businesses/restos

                                                                                1. re: wilmagrace

                                                                                  Murray's had gotten really bad over the past few years, but those two restaurants were strangely two of about half a dozen places in the city that my grandmother (who passed away in May) would eat at (in the last few months, practically the only meals she would eat at all were Murray's macaroni and cheese, Fireside chicken noodle soup, and Yangtze eggrolls). It feels weird to have both of them gone so suddenly.

                                                                            2. Noticed that the windows at Ezo on l'Acadie are papered up. I was driving by so I didn't see any signs explaining whether this was a temporary or permanent closing.

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                                                                              1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                Hi there, the restaurant was actually closed for one week vacation. The restaurant chef is Elizabeth Daou and the only way she could take a vacation is by closing the restaurant for a week... I actually taught the same, buit when i drove up to it there was a paper saying that they were on holidays and the windows were not covered with paper, those are the blinds...
                                                                                Great restaurant!!!!

                                                                              2. Don't know when it happened, it might be a while back, sorry if it's old new for most of you, but I noticed this Saturday that the Les Cèdres, the Chicken Shawarma place in the Promenade de la Cathedrale food court is closed and has been replaced by a Villa Madina (a step down, if not two). That was the best Chicken Shawarma in that area of downtown.

                                                                                1. For the thread of record, Version Laurent Godbout has closed.

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                                                                                  1. re: carswell

                                                                                    is now L’Autre Version meme # tel 514 871-9135 meme adresse

                                                                                  2. Noticed that the windows and door of Sandwiches et Brochettes (3513 Swail between Côte-des-Neiges and Gatineau) were papered over when I walked by this evening. Next to the door was a large sign, a menu with pictures, that I don't recall seeing before. "La Casbah" was written across the top, so the space may live on in a new (Algerian?) iteration.

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                                                                                    1. re: carswell

                                                                                      No way! Well, admittedly I haven't been up that way in a while. I'd recognize the original owners in a trice. Maybe they decided to go a bit more upscale. I'll have to check it out.

                                                                                      1. re: tonbo

                                                                                        Looks like Farhat is the new tenant. The windows are still papered over but there's now an illuminated Farhat sign above the entrance. Haven't asked so can't confirm but would imagine this outlet will be in addition to, not a replacement of, the Côte-des-Neiges eatery.

                                                                                        1. re: carswell

                                                                                          Or maybe one of the two Farhat(the original or this location) would become a dedicated eatery. At the original location, the Farhat eatery is only downstairs now(while upstairs is their butcher shop/food store). Thinking how close the Farhat locations would be to each other.

                                                                                          edit. on further thought, the new Farhat location could only be a eatery

                                                                                          1. re: BLM

                                                                                            I tought Farhat was a eye glasses store ??

                                                                                            1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                              Yes, but they make sandwiches in the back.

                                                                                    2. Stew Stop on St-Paul has gone dark and the signage has been removed.

                                                                                      1. To bring some good news to the thread the Hard Rock Cafe closed on Cresent.

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                                                                                        1. re: everyonelovessushi

                                                                                          Great, last time I was there it was overpriced and overloud. Why do restaurant staff think we want loud music while we eat and chat?

                                                                                        2. does anyone know if india beau village on du parc is closed?

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                                                                                          1. re: celfie

                                                                                            I don't think so. I passed by a few days ago and it looked the same as always...empty.

                                                                                            1. re: celfie

                                                                                              india beau village is in such a horrible location (unless you live close by) it's hard to imagine how it's still open. It's way off the Indian strip (Jean -Talon) stuck in a sort of no mans land. Not much commerce, not much residential property (no people). I lived on Esplanade above Beaubien as a young adult and it's a not a bad area just very discombobulated by the railroad tracks, the Park Ave/JeanTalon axis and the weird mix of residential and dilapidated commerce.
                                                                                              That being said it's a real chowhound find if the food is good.

                                                                                              1. re: everyonelovessushi

                                                                                                There are 2 locations. The original is on Jarry and it seems busier but then again it's also 1/5 the size of the one on Parc.

                                                                                                1. re: hungryann

                                                                                                  i heard it closed despite having dined there last week. I think it is very good. my meal was very very good

                                                                                            2. According to the Gazoo, Restaurant Marco, the Ste-Anne de Bellevue pizzeria, burned down this morning.

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                                                                                              1. re: carswell

                                                                                                Also heard it on Montreal radio this mornng.

                                                                                              2. not an official closing, but I walked by m and m legende bakery in chinatown, and it was all boarded up. hopefully just for renovations?

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                                                                                                1. re: sharkbait88

                                                                                                  Yes, I passed by today, there is a sign that says they are renovating, opened again Sept. 15.

                                                                                                  1. re: sweettoothMTL

                                                                                                    Make that Dec. 15.

                                                                                                    1. re: chilipepper

                                                                                                      I passed by M. M. Legende Bakery yesterday (Dec. 28) after lunch at Beijing: the windows are still papered, and the only sign I saw this time was in (presumably) Chinese, so I don't know what's happening there.

                                                                                                      By the way, thank you Chinatown for decent lunch options between Christmas and New Year, when everything else is closed.

                                                                                                      1. re: sweettoothMTL

                                                                                                        When I past by last week, it says they're doing revnovations(posted in French if I remember correctly).

                                                                                                2. I was on Metcafe and noticed that the Dominion Pub had its windows covered in brown paper and the sign was gone. I'm wondering? This is Montreal oldest pub.

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                                                                                                  1. re: bigfellow

                                                                                                    Reportedly being transformed into a bar -- to be called Taverne Square Dominion -- by the owners of Whisky Café/Baldwin Barmacie.

                                                                                                    1. re: carswell

                                                                                                      I know that they had bought the building. The old owner said that it was to use the upstairs area as offices. But he had no business except at lunch.

                                                                                                  2. It seems that Aszu has closed "temporarily" for a "change in administration" but promises to re-open soon.

                                                                                                    1. An article (in French) of Marie-Claude Lortie from La Presse about restaurant closings in Montreal.

                                                                                                      http://www.cyberpresse.ca/opinions/ch...

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                                                                                                      1. re: Foie Gras Lover

                                                                                                        Yep, the doom and gloom article from Marie Claude Lortie. She wrote the same kind of things 1 or 2 years (or more, time flies) when Anise closed.

                                                                                                        for the lazy among you, here are some of the restaurants listed in the article (some closed earlier this year and already reported here)
                                                                                                        Aszu
                                                                                                        Duel (& Version Laurent Godbout, earlier this year I think), mostly for re-structuration and consolidation around L'Épicier.
                                                                                                        Shed Café (surprised it lasted that long, there was a huge drop in quality about 10-15 years ago when they expanded their menu... they used to make one of the best burgers in town)
                                                                                                        Derrière les fagots in Laval
                                                                                                        Brasserie Brunoise ( not many people except on game nights and at lunch time)

                                                                                                        1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                          A new McKibbon's is taking Shed's place. The area needs more decent pubs.

                                                                                                          1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                            Does it ? There's already Olde Orchard on Prince-arthur and Clark. Plus the countless drinking dives up on St-Laurent.

                                                                                                            1. re: johnnyboy

                                                                                                              Exactly. Everything but Olde Orchard is a dive or a club/"supper-club". Lower St-Lo is lacking in drinking establishments for grown-ups.

                                                                                                      2. Well I am happy to have found out that the Curry House which used to be on Bishop, has reopened at 1236 MacKay. It reopened in mid September. Ben still runs the place. He added a few new dishes (I tried the halibut curry, and it was very tasty). The new place is on the second floor and it looks quite fresh. It is a lot brighter than the old place. The service was just as good as the in the old days, Ben hasn't lost his touch.

                                                                                                        1. While the windows weren't papered over, Café Testa Rossa on Crescent between Sherbrooke and de Maisonneuve was shuttered last Friday afternoon. Given the lack of light it was hard to tell for sure, but it looked like some of the furniture had been removed. Would like to think that the reason was patrons switching allegiance to the far superior Myriade, but suspect its failure had more to do with concept/attitude and the opening of the Nespresso bar across the street.

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                                                                                                          1. re: carswell

                                                                                                            Too bad. Last I heard coffee doesn't come from a pod.

                                                                                                          2. Bofinger in DDO, to be replaced by Thai Express and O'Burger. When and why did that happen?!

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                                                                                                            1. re: chilipepper

                                                                                                              Bofinger closing was a couple of months ago. Replacement by Thai Express and O'Burger, not sure (sounds recent).

                                                                                                              1. re: wattacetti

                                                                                                                The new Bofinger on Parc has little apparent business. I walk by all the time. I don't expect it to last long. They advertise sports specials but are closed before the games end! For example it's Monday night Football tonight, half time now, but guaranteed they are closed already. Granted Parc Ave. is a dark zone for restaurants not named Milos.

                                                                                                            2. Anyone know if Canard Rouge on Rachel relocated? They closed down over the summer. I miss their Chorillana and Gringas. Anyone knows of another place that serves Chorillana? For those who don't know, it's like a Chilean Poutine.

                                                                                                              1. What's up with Raza? Either they've recently tinted their front windows or the place was totally dark at 8 p.m. on a Saturday during one of the busiest times of the year. Was zooming by on a bus en route to dinner elsewhere and so didn't get a clear view and couldn't check for notices or other clues, but this has me worried.

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                                                                                                                1. re: carswell

                                                                                                                  raza still open

                                                                                                                2. Las Americas on St. Zotique West has been replaced by a Colombian restaurant and bakery. sorry I didn't note the new name. there was no menu posted outside so I dunno how it will compare to the previous incarnation.

                                                                                                                  1. Not a restaurant closing per se, but the Second Cup on Mackay near Concordia is now Cafe Nirvana - when the heck did that happen?

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                                                                                                                    1. re: chilipepper

                                                                                                                      Happened about a month and half ago.

                                                                                                                    2. Don't know if it's a closing or a renovation, but the little corner Szechuan place at Ste Catherine and Pierce, Xiang-something-something, is all papered up.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: chilipepper

                                                                                                                        Closed for good. There was a "for rent" sign in the window, last time I went. Not surprising since there was never anyone there. But who would you go to a Sichuan restaurant that serves sushi and soft serve ice cream?

                                                                                                                      2. ¡Ay carumba! Tried going to their website: server not found. Called their phone number: the answering machine message gives their January hours. I hope it's your last hypothesis but the signs aren't good. Is the Ste-Catherine Street store still open?

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                                                                                                                        1. re: carswell

                                                                                                                          Just called the listed number for Los Clasicos Express (514 499-0999), the Ste-Catherine Street East store. *Le numéro composé n'est pas en service.*

                                                                                                                          1. re: carswell

                                                                                                                            Unfortunately, even though I knew the St-Lo location was very popular and got quite a bit of press, my gut told me as soon as I saw the Ste-Cath spot that they expanded too quickly. That would be even if they hadn't picked a pretty scummy strip for it.

                                                                                                                            1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                              We've asked Maximillien to repost the initial announcement of this closure on the 2010 thread for closures: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6786... We'll lock this thread now.