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O Bistro in NDG - RIP?

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maisonbistro Feb 10, 2009 04:22 PM

Does anyone know what's going on with O'Bistro? I knew they were going to close for a while over the holidays (well, that's what the sign in the window said), but it's way past their "due back date" and the place is dark - with no signs of life. If you call, the recording is still the one for the vacation.

It wasn't the best restaurant I've ever been to, but for a neighborhood place (well, my neighborhood) it was great. Great service, good food, friendly atmosphere- only the desserts were sub par. Their burger was one of the best I've ever had. I'm sad to see it go, if it's gone.

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    eat2much Feb 10, 2009 05:16 PM

    Perhaps they are waiting for the weather to improve before re-opening. That space seems jinxed.

    1. TheSnowpea Feb 10, 2009 08:20 PM

      Yeah, I noticed its dark windows when one late-week evening I had pondered the possibility of trying them out. It was an odd time to be closed, I thought.

      I agree with Ea2much: that location has got to be cursed, considering it's a prime 'Monkland Village' location. So many other restos have keeled over in that spot. Maybe it's because too many bad or indifferent places have been there, and locals -- me included -- associate it with poor food, no matter who is there.

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        eat2much Feb 11, 2009 06:04 AM

        In hindsight, their overzealous use of window shades during the day always gave the impression that the place was out of business and the windows were "papered over".

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          eat2much Feb 12, 2009 04:43 AM

          Walked by this morning. Windows are most definitely papered over with no signs indicating renovations or re-opening dates. Looks like another one bites the dust.

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        montrealfoodboy Feb 16, 2009 12:39 PM

        never a huge fan but i did have someone apply to my resto two days ago that worked there. def closed. that whole "closing for the holidays" and it lasts more than two weeks is a sure sign of closure. no restaurant can close for more than two weeks... trust me. Even the Monkland Taverne cant do it, and if THEY cant, no one can. Hmm maybe i will see who the landlord is and see what's up. Monkland may be due for another cool, local spot that has better food?

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          eat2much Feb 16, 2009 12:54 PM

          Monkland can probably support another cool local spot with decent food. So far only the Tavern and Vino pass the test. O'Bistro had problems from day one.

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            keelo Feb 18, 2009 07:36 AM

            They were trying to make themselves out to be a chic and swanky place, but it never took off. In the end, instead of attracting the hip kids, they pulled in the former clientel of Glazer and Glazer from Queen Mary.

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              maisonbistro Feb 18, 2009 10:50 AM

              Thank you for the editorial, but having eaten there quite a few times since it opened, and accepted it for what it was, a decent neighborhood place with unpretentious food in a nice atmosphere, I was merely wondering if anyone knew why it had gone belly up.

              The fact that the service (which I noticed on several occasions but never encountered personally as the owner took a shine to us) was lousy could have been a contributing factor - but unless we hear it from the horse's mouth, everything else is just speculation.

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                keelo Mar 9, 2009 09:07 PM

                Well, CTV was doing a piece on the ailing economy hitting smaller businesses and believe it or not, were on Monkland and used O bristo as an example. They interviewed the owner of the bagel place across the street and even he mentioned the closing of O bristo. This was on early last week.

                Sorry!

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                  P52 Mar 16, 2009 06:16 AM

                  not true sorry- don't trust media and others owners - people talk too much specially on monkland - it'is sold -

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                    eat2much Mar 16, 2009 02:27 PM

                    P52 since you so obviously have the inside story, could you please tell us what type of restaurant will replace O'Bistro and when it will open? The new owners seem to have forgotten to put up an "opening soon" sign.

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                      P52 Mar 17, 2009 05:46 AM

                      Ya I know the inside story...opening soon around three weeks, time to finish renovations you will see something really different and by the way It's a really good spot. Trust nobody because nobody on Monkland knows except old and new owners

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                        eat2much Mar 17, 2009 06:57 AM

                        Wonderful news!. What type of cuisine?

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                          maisonbistro Apr 28, 2009 09:54 AM

                          I thought EXACTLY the same thing. But in all honesty, why would you take that chance - I mean really - but I digress. Waiting with bated breath for the grand opening!

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          C70 Apr 28, 2009 11:51 AM

          new sign up today says it's called Lucille's

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            eat2much May 19, 2009 05:39 AM

            The brown paper has finally come out of the window. It seems that they have installed a long bar that takes up the whole back of the restaurant leaving room for about a half dozen small tables. Looks interesting but still no indications as to opening date or menu.

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              maisonbistro May 19, 2009 08:38 AM

              It's probably much ado about nothing. There's been no buzz in the local papers or anywhere. I've actually gotten bored waiting for something to open. Seems like a lackluster start - If I were opening something, I would try very hard to get some buzz going beforehand.

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                eat2much May 20, 2009 08:20 AM

                At long last the menu is posted outside. There is an interesting looking lobster BLT and fries, a fried oyster Cesar salad, ribs, etc. Looks like it has potential for fun.

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                  maisonbistro May 20, 2009 10:37 AM

                  Any indication of when they will open?

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                    eat2much May 20, 2009 11:39 AM

                    There was glassware & cutlery on the tables so I would think they intend to open right away.

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                      jarschef May 20, 2009 03:10 PM

                      It is opened as of last night.
                      I heard it is really nice.. and the food is great.
                      can't wait to give it a try!

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