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BLM Jan 6, 2010 09:20 AM

Use this thread for restaurant closings in 2010.

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    westaust Dec 23, 2010 07:54 AM

    Not really a closure, but Victoire Hot Dog on Beaver Hall has closed and moving to 600 gauchetiere to make place to a new condo/office project

    1. BlueSteak Dec 20, 2010 11:24 AM

      Beniamino & Co, 32 McGill St, closed...Anyone know why?

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        Glaff Dec 20, 2010 11:46 AM

        There's one on Viger too... is this one still open ? Maybe they want to focus on one location only.

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          sweettoothMTL Dec 20, 2010 11:47 AM

          I don't know. My guess would be the two stores were too much of a monetary stretch, and the one on Viger was more lucrative. That McGill location had been considerably reduced last year, when they completely cut off the retail part of the place.

          I would be curious if anyone has insight. I used to love the quality/value ratio from this place before the first renos last year...

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          JohnnyGe Dec 19, 2010 04:43 AM

          Cellini's at Hotel Vogue is now toast......... no notice given.

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            westaust Dec 6, 2010 08:49 AM

            Mr. Sub corner st-Catherine and Mackay has now closed

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            Mr Sub
            1455 Rue Sainte-Catherine W, Montreal, QC H3G1S6, CA

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              BLM Dec 6, 2010 08:59 AM

              That was the only Mr Sub in the Montreal-area?

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                westaust Dec 6, 2010 10:40 AM

                AFAIK yes

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              montrealbelle Nov 27, 2010 12:02 PM

              Mesquite is closed. Can't say I'm surprised. They started out so well and then they just started going downhill. What a shame, such a nice story behind their beginnings. Good luck to the four of them.

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                TheSnowpea Dec 1, 2010 05:58 PM

                Yes, I noticed that a few days ago that they were closed. Mind you, after a horrible brunch experience, I am not surprised.

                Not a restaurant but the fish market on Monkland, Chasse-Marée, is closed too. I was always very disappointed with their offerings and gave up on them quickly (the lil fish place that a few years ago was on Somerled near Cavedish was so good - closed cuz of landlord issues - was so good, I could never take to Chasse Marée.

                Also, speaking of landlord issues, I just found out Andarra, the small Armenian (I think) bakery and snack bar on Harley street near Concordia Loyola is closing before the end of the year. Bummer: they are one of my go-to spots for trays of munchies for my parties.

                Video from The Gazoo about Andarra's closing soon
                http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/m...

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                  eat2much Dec 1, 2010 06:13 PM

                  Chasse maree moved to Sherbrooke Street.

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                    BLM Dec 2, 2010 05:09 PM

                    How's the food at Andarra? Just read the story in the Gazette.

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                      williej Dec 19, 2010 12:44 PM

                      The fish store on Sherbrooke in Westmount is pretty good.
                      As for Mesquite the location was taken over by another name. Anyone try the new place there?

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                        blondee_47 Dec 21, 2010 10:28 AM

                        Chasse Marie opened under a new name on Sherbrooke St in NDG..saw it in the Suburban

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                          kpzoo Dec 21, 2010 11:20 AM

                          New address is 5814, rue Sherbrooke O. - tel. 514-481-3323. Supposed to have general gourmet foods now, aside from fish.

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                        BLM Dec 20, 2010 06:28 AM

                        Which Mesquite location is closed? Be more specific please. The original Mesquite location is still open.

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                          cherylmtl Dec 20, 2010 07:13 PM

                          Was there ever more than one Mesquite location?

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                            BLM Dec 21, 2010 08:17 AM

                            Sorry, I was thinking of Bofinger. I thought Mesquite changed it cuisine focus recently.

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                        extrabrocolli Nov 14, 2010 04:25 PM

                        Illy. Fairmount/Jeanne Mance. Papered. Sign down.

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                          nikkori Nov 14, 2010 06:37 PM

                          You mean Tredici? I saw that today, too; wondered if it was a redesign.

                          But man I hope they're gone, to be replaced with something more interesting/affordable.

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                            anachemia Nov 14, 2010 08:35 PM

                            Oh no! That's really quite sad - I mean, yeah, the place was way snooty and overpriced and everything, but their food was damn good.

                            In particular I'll miss their meatballs, lasagna, lovely veggie sidedishes, and nice selection of juices. Though again, all very overpriced; I only went there a handful of times as a result of that and the snootiness factor. Too bad!

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                              chickenbruiser Nov 15, 2010 05:40 AM

                              It always felt wrong to me... out of place, like it belonged in a different neighbourhood (downtown or old mtl) where the business lunch crowd could do their thing.... plus that condo building is a monstrosity... I preferred it as an empty lot

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                                anachemia Nov 15, 2010 08:04 AM

                                Yeah...agree with you on both counts!

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                          english muffin Nov 10, 2010 10:41 AM

                          The Sparrow!!!
                          I just got an email from their facebook page saying that the 14th November will be their last service. The bar is staying, and there is talk of the restaurant team moving elsewhere but no details yet.

                          To say I'm gutted is an understatement...

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                            kpzoo Nov 10, 2010 11:02 AM

                            See the recent Sparrow thread - hopefully the news is not as bad news as it seems:
                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/746163

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                              english muffin Nov 10, 2010 11:39 AM

                              Thanks for that Kpzoo, I was in such shock and dazed that I didn't look around before posting.
                              Fingers crossed!

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                            unlaced Nov 10, 2010 10:06 AM

                            Bao Dao, the Taiwanese-ish restaurant in Verdun, has closed.

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                            Bao Dao
                            4236 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G1W2, CA

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                              SnackHappy Nov 10, 2010 10:16 AM

                              That's too bad. And I overheard the owner of Fu Yuan Xiang telling a patron that her restaurant was up for sale. Bad news for the Chinese food scene in Verdun.

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                                unlaced Nov 10, 2010 12:29 PM

                                I wasn't a fan of Bao Dao but I do like Fu Yuan Xiang - I was counting on them for my Chinese fix during the winter, when it is too cold and I am too lazy to head to Chinatown 2. I walk by FYX all the time and it is normally packed....

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                                Bao Dao
                                4236 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G1W2, CA

                            2. RhondaB Oct 25, 2010 10:08 AM

                              Driving by Kam Fung on Thimens in VSL yesterday, thought I saw a sign indicating "A Louer"

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                                SourberryLily Nov 11, 2010 12:59 PM

                                Really?! Hmm i will try to drive by there to confirm this. Thank god there is still Tong Por not too far away on Marcel-Laurin.

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                                  reelection Dec 19, 2010 06:23 AM

                                  Wow hard to believe this is closed. They'd do lots of dim sum business...

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                                    SourberryLily Dec 19, 2010 06:50 PM

                                    I don't know about this one. I passed by really fast (didn't actually walk up to the door) And the sign was still there, as was their old menu posters in the doors and nothing looked boarded up.

                                    Can anybody really confirm that they are closed?

                                2. carswell Oct 24, 2010 05:40 PM

                                  The Liquid Nutrition franchise at 1617 St-Denis just south of Émery appears to have closed. Bad location or the beginning of the end of a fad?

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                                    Glaff Oct 24, 2010 06:39 PM

                                    Good news !

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                                      Campofiorin Oct 25, 2010 07:34 AM

                                      The one at Promenades de la Cathédrale is also closed. Has been for a few weeks now.

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                                        celfie Oct 25, 2010 10:35 AM

                                        the one on bishop closed too
                                        there's a sign redirecting customers to the branch on guy and de maisoneuve

                                        whoever is responsible for this place isn't too bright
                                        the rate at which they expanded was absurd
                                        it's not as if other smoothie chains don't exist in this city
                                        perhaps there's a reason why there isn't a booster
                                        juice or jugo juice on every corner

                                        it's a shame, because their smoothies were seemingly
                                        healthier than the competition's - but they had to go ahead
                                        and yuppify their locations with fake waterfalls and ugly lighting

                                        Wrap city has taken on the same
                                        motif - the guy-concordia location is pretty much a dead zone
                                        it's not exactly a pleasant place to go

                                        It's time for montreal entrepreneurs to cater to montrealers and stop decorating for the Situation and Pauly D!!!

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                                        lagatta Oct 19, 2010 06:45 AM

                                        Walking past Trattoria dai Baffoni yesterday (corner Dante and St-Laurent) I noticed it was closed and "looking for a new location" (?) In the opinion of many people I know, this is no great loss in terms of the grade of food they'd been churning out, but for some of us who remember it as a good small restaurant decades ago, it does hit home if only in terms of nostalgia. Also wonder what on earth that big location will become?

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                                          sweettoothMTL Oct 19, 2010 09:34 AM

                                          As long as it's not more condos.

                                          A good BYO would be nice, the food had gone down, but from what I remember, it was a pretty space and walking by, the outdoor patio looked nice (not directly on the street).

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                                            lagatta Oct 19, 2010 11:38 AM

                                            Sweettooth, I had exactly the same fear, though at the same time all the condo developments in the area do have their ground floor space devoted to businesses, so that doesn't really prevent another restaurant opening. Basi, for example, is in an apartment building (don't know whether it is condos or rental apparts). I'd love a good BYO, but there don't seem to be any really good Italian (or other Europeanish) BYOs in the area. Yes, it would be nice to preserve the existing building. I'll keep my eyes peeled for developments.

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                                              lagatta Dec 1, 2010 11:14 AM

                                              I walked pas Baffoni again - there is a huge white on red VENTE sign on the St-Laurent façade, on the Dante side everything must be sold signs (but I don't see any restaurant equipment inside). Instead, peering in I saw what looked like boxes of stuff for Christmas gifts (some, but not all, kitchen related) so I guess they'll just have one of those temporary sales places until they find a new buyer or tenant. I have no idea what will happen to the building.

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                                              lagatta Dec 23, 2010 10:59 AM

                                              sweettooth, hate to tell you, but the former Trattoria dai Baffoni is indeed becoming condos. I have no idea if there will be a café, restaurant or other chow related business on the ground floor.

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                                                sweettoothMTL Jan 10, 2011 05:19 AM

                                                I missed that when you originally posted it Lagatta, sorry, just saw it. But it's not too late to shake my head in disapproval.

                                                I'm hoping with you for an interesting italian BYO on the ground floor, Little Italy needs one, but I'm not holding my breath.

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                                            The Ice Cream Man Oct 9, 2010 07:32 PM

                                            Nouveau Palais has closed.

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                                              thebenc Oct 9, 2010 11:02 PM

                                              "King is dead - etc etc.." :P
                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6779...

                                            2. SnackHappy Oct 4, 2010 08:13 PM

                                              I'm not sure if this is news or not, but I went by Sho-Dan on René-Lévesque tonight and saw papered up windows and À LOUER signs.

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                                                westaust Oct 5, 2010 07:21 AM

                                                It's been like that for many months already

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                                                michaelmas Sep 23, 2010 12:17 PM

                                                Caf et Bouffe (on Villeray between Casgrain and de Gaspé) has been closed for some time now.
                                                I had only eaten there twice but enjoyed my meal both times.
                                                It's a shame because it was a very laid-back, cozy, female-run BYOW about a block away from me.
                                                Simple pastas, braised meats, and salads mostly.

                                                The paper on the windows suggests that a Frite Alors! will be filling the space.
                                                Frankly, I find this a bit strange - it's not a heavily trafficked intersection. And if I wanted Frite Alors! now I'd just walk the few minutes to the Marché Jean-Talon.

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                                                  lagatta Sep 24, 2010 07:17 AM

                                                  Yes, I saw this recently too and forgot to post it. It seems like a strange location for a Frite Alors!

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                                                    sweettoothMTL Sep 27, 2010 07:34 AM

                                                    That's a shame, Caf et Bouffe was a nice little neighbourhood BYOB. It was always full when I went.

                                                  2. Haggisboy Sep 22, 2010 04:01 AM

                                                    La Sirene on Blvd St. Jean on the West Island appears to have shuttered its doors. Drove by there last night at what should have been the prime dinner hour and the place was closed, in total darkness, and there was an A Louer sign in the window.

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                                                      hanklin Sep 25, 2010 04:39 PM

                                                      Can't say I am surprised La Sirene is gone.
                                                      I only ate there only once and it ranked as one of the top 3 worst restaurant meals of my life.

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                                                        celfie Oct 19, 2010 09:39 AM

                                                        that location is cursed

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                                                        lagatta Sep 9, 2010 10:12 AM

                                                        Sablo Kafé, on St-Zotique corner St-Dominique (Petite Italie) has been shuttered and papered over for some time. In the meantime, "Gigi's" "le fastfood de la Petite-Italie" (though more a greasy spoon than what would usually be called a fast-food joint) on St-Laurent north of Mozart is also papered over, and says that it will be moving to 50 St-Zotique est, which I believe is the address of Sablo.

                                                        This would be an atypical move downmarket of late in the nabe. We'll see...

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                                                          BLM Sep 8, 2010 07:25 PM

                                                          The Caffe in Gamba outpost at PVM has been gone for how long? Just noticed it was no more today(unless it's still run by Caffe in Gamba, but it's less noticeable).

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                                                            cherylmtl Sep 9, 2010 07:08 AM

                                                            A few months at least. The Laitue and Go chain went under, and I believe two of them were bought by someone else, including the PVM one - but the new owner's ideas didn't work with Gamba's, so the two apparently parted company.

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                                                              BLM Sep 14, 2010 05:25 PM

                                                              So you're saying Laitue & Go chain went under a couple of months ago, but two of the locations were revived(including the PVM one) using the same Laitue & Go name?

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                                                                cherylmtl Sep 15, 2010 05:36 PM

                                                                Yep - someone apparently bought only two of the locations (or franchises, or whatever the agreement was), and the other two are gone.

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                                                            chilipepper Sep 6, 2010 06:50 PM

                                                            Riz en folie on Mackay has shut down ...*sigh*
                                                            Its website says it still offers deliveries, though, and sells its stuff at some stores, i.e. certain IGAs.

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                                                              blond_america Sep 8, 2010 08:28 AM

                                                              I just saw their products at the IGA Louise Menard in Complex Desjardins. Frankly i'm surprised that Riz en Folie lasted that long.

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                                                                melani1 Sep 9, 2010 12:16 PM

                                                                Just as the university session starts... at leat their's the Yeh nearby to satisfy a sweet craving. And I have 6 of their containers!

                                                              2. SnackHappy Aug 25, 2010 06:30 AM

                                                                Drove by Kieu Anh on Sunday. There was a construction permit posted in the mindow and a À Louer sign in front of the building. Very sad to see this one give up the ghost. Although we didn't go often, it was still one our favourite Viet places.

                                                                Not that it's a huge loss, but L'Art à Tatouille on St-Hubert near Bellechasse has been replaced by something called La Bêtise. The concept is Tapas du monde [yawn] . It looks more like a bar with food than a restaurant.

                                                                http://www.labetise.com/

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                                                                7491 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2R2E5, CA

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                                                                  lagatta Aug 25, 2010 12:09 PM

                                                                  I'm sorry to hear about Kieu Anh; that was a nice little neighbourhood restaurant. I used to go there frequently with co-workers when working in an office very close by.

                                                                  Can't see the La Bêtise site - guess that is one of those Flash sites that not all computers seem to be able to access (dunno why). Art à Tatouille always seemed to be closed - wasn't it only open for lunch, sometimes? Tapas du monde, what a mishmash. A bar with food isn't necessarily a bad thing (think Miss Villeray) but this sounds like neither fish nor fowl.

                                                                  The southernmost part of St-Hubert above Rosemont will probably take off a bit once the Quartier 54 complex is inhabited; for the moment it is still rather sad. Le Mangoustan has seen better days - though I'd be thrilled to hear that it has improved again.

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                                                                  7491 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2R2E5, CA

                                                                2. hungryann Jul 13, 2010 07:41 PM

                                                                  Philinos seems to have closed and there is a new sign up. That as a shocker, I thought it had been doing well.

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                                                                  Philinos Restaurant Bar
                                                                  4806 Av Du Parc, Montreal, QC H2V4E6, CA

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                                                                    Shattered Jul 22, 2010 04:50 PM

                                                                    Wow, that is a shocker. It was a neighbourhood institution.

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                                                                      hotdogsgirl Jul 22, 2010 07:01 PM

                                                                      We were there last Sunday night and they informed us that they were not closing. They put up a new sign because people had said the old one wasn't visible.

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                                                                        BLM Jul 23, 2010 10:52 AM

                                                                        The first time trying to go to Philinos, I couldn't find them(that was about a year or two ago). I couldn't find the restaurant name sign. So it's a good thing in my eyes, that they have a new sign now.

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                                                                        4806 Av Du Parc, Montreal, QC H2V4E6, CA

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                                                                      celfie Jul 22, 2010 09:12 PM

                                                                      i ate there 2 nights ago and it was good ;)

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                                                                        hungryann Jul 23, 2010 09:32 AM

                                                                        Oh, that's reassuring...did they change their name? I drove by quickly and saw another name on the sign, that did not sound greek to me.

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                                                                          harry in montreal Jul 25, 2010 09:34 PM

                                                                          Pronto - Westmount Sherbrooke W. ?
                                                                          I liked this place somewhat... BIG A LOUER in the window. if they are not gonzo, they are crazy to allow the landlord to do that. anyone know for sure? harry

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                                                                      grobi Jul 13, 2010 04:48 PM

                                                                      What ever happened to Tavola Grande on Sainte Catherine? It seems to have closed from one day to the next.

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                                                                        harry in montreal Jul 6, 2010 10:20 AM

                                                                        In NDG - the chinese/szechuan (sorry for my spelling) restaurant at the corner of Decarie and Monkland seems to be RIP. H

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                                                                          eat2much Jul 6, 2010 10:27 AM

                                                                          They seem to be renovating and re-opening soon with a new name which iirc is Red Ginger

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                                                                            C70 Jul 6, 2010 10:28 AM

                                                                            Yep. VIllage Szechuan has bit the dust, but something else is opening in its place.

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                                                                            Lowe Arthorbit Jul 2, 2010 09:29 AM

                                                                            New Navarino bakery (avenue du Parc at St-Viateur) has the windows all covered up and I'm wondering if anyone can confirm it is closed for good?

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                                                                              chilipepper Jul 5, 2010 09:05 AM

                                                                              I heard they were renovating - I hope so!

                                                                            2. SnackHappy Jun 28, 2010 01:11 PM

                                                                              Noticed walking by there a while ago that La Iguana on Roy is no more.

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                                                                                sweettoothMTL Jun 30, 2010 07:12 AM

                                                                                Well, I do have nice memories of them, but they had been closed to me after their second revamping (I already liked them less after the first). Too bad, it originally was a great place, well located, great terrasse and sangria (and that is someone who usually dislikes sanrgai speaking).

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                                                                                  Shattered Jun 30, 2010 05:29 PM

                                                                                  It's been closed for ages, and I never even thought to post cause I didn't know anyone who liked the place, and consequently never tried it in 4-5 years in the 'hood.

                                                                                  As sweettooth said, great terrace and location tho, so hopefully something decent opens for next summer.

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                                                                                    sweettoothMTL Jul 1, 2010 08:16 AM

                                                                                    Well, not to repeat myself, but it was good for a year when it opened, nice atmosphere, good mexican for montreal. Then someone must have told them they were close to St-Laurent and had a terrasse, so they raised their prices, reduced food quality, went with a black and white higher end theme, and lost my interest. Anyways, sorrry for the rant.

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                                                                                      dawnMTL Jul 9, 2010 05:27 PM

                                                                                      Was very sad to see La Iguana closed... their guac was great! Did notice the service declining in the last year or so.

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                                                                                  Maximilien May 22, 2010 09:16 AM

                                                                                  Just saw that Patisserie Belge on Laurier St. W. has closed. Happened a while ago ? or recently.

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                                                                                    wilmagrace Jun 27, 2010 01:27 PM

                                                                                    summer closing of robin des bois june 20-August 10
                                                                                    http://www.robindesbois.ca/

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                                                                                    poutineguy May 16, 2010 05:36 PM

                                                                                    Chez Van, at 288 Ave Laurier Oest, is closed. Today I passed by, their sign had been taken down, the windows were covered with reflective coating. I don't know exactly when it closed.

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                                                                                      blondee_47 May 17, 2010 10:49 AM

                                                                                      Dusty's??!!....I am now in mourning...

                                                                                    2. bopuc May 16, 2010 01:09 PM

                                                                                      Was just told that Dusty's (diner on Parc, corner Mt-Royal) closed.
                                                                                      Is it true? :(

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                                                                                        poutineguy May 16, 2010 02:01 PM

                                                                                        I can confirm that this is true. Dusty's is indeed closed. There is a sign on the door which says "Sorry. Thank you. Until we meet again." in both French and English. I called and talked with the owner, he said that there might be interested parties who could buy the place, but as of now, they are closed. When i asked why, he replied "I'm kinda tired."

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                                                                                          1963 May 16, 2010 06:37 PM

                                                                                          Despite a soft spot for Dusty's there were a couple holes never filled. First and most their coffee sucked. Awful. Hard to run a breakfast joint with dishwater coffee. Never could figure out why a few extra cents weren't invested there.
                                                                                          Sevice, despite (or because of) it's youthful touch was never good. Lots of spilled water etc. Seemed like the first try for almost all waiters/esses.
                                                                                          It will be missed for it's great location and reasonably priced decent tasting breakfasts.

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                                                                                          karlcow Jun 12, 2010 06:32 PM

                                                                                          Dusty's+ is at work. Same place. Same owner. There are refreshing the furnitures and so on. No date announced.

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                                                                                          passthatversace May 11, 2010 07:01 PM

                                                                                          Does anyone know if Le Pistol on the main is still open??

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                                                                                            Shattered May 12, 2010 01:48 AM

                                                                                            Been closed for at least a year.

                                                                                          2. carswell May 10, 2010 11:19 AM

                                                                                            Café Chill Out (formerly Couleur Café) next to the Zone store on Côte des Neiges north of Édouard-Montpetit is papered up and sporting an À LOUER sign.

                                                                                            1. keelo May 9, 2010 09:10 PM

                                                                                              I noticed the other day Rockaberry's on Queen Mary has closed. A sign announcing reopening as another restaurant is on the window, the name escapes me.

                                                                                              ***EDIT

                                                                                              I just checked the website and saw this,

                                                                                              "Our Queen Mary location is moving to Trendy Monkland Village!!!! Opening Soon!!!!! "

                                                                                              I guess we'll keep a look out.

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                                                                                              5390 Ch Queen-Mary, Montreal, QC H3X1V3, CA

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                                                                                                eat2much May 22, 2010 07:12 AM

                                                                                                There is a sign up in front of the ill fated Il Conte Lounge that Rockaberry will be opening soon. Yet another establishment bites the dust in the space next door to the mighty Monkland Tavern

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                                                                                                thomasein May 7, 2010 12:36 PM

                                                                                                Unfortunately, Provisions has closed due to "circumstances beyond their control". It seems that there are no plans to reopen.

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                                                                                                  sweettoothMTL May 11, 2010 10:58 AM

                                                                                                  That's a shame, I enjoyed a recent visit there, and was planning to go back in the summer during the festivals.

                                                                                                2. Fritzy May 1, 2010 01:30 PM

                                                                                                  Au Bon Gourmet on St-Mathieu is temporarily closed due to a fire in Dec. 2009

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                                                                                                    Fritzy May 2, 2010 09:25 AM

                                                                                                    OOOps I got the name wrong -- it is Au Bistro Gourmet on St-Mathieu that is temporarily closed due to a fire.

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                                                                                                    chilipepper Apr 29, 2010 07:52 PM

                                                                                                    Hiko-Sun, Korean place next to Itacate on Beaubien, all papered up. Too bad, they had a tasty kinchi stew.......

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                                                                                                      lagatta Apr 29, 2010 08:20 PM

                                                                                                      It says they are re-opening. I'll keep watch.

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                                                                                                      westaust Apr 24, 2010 02:11 PM

                                                                                                      Taverne Crescent is closed, a new restaurant named Camp to open at the same spot on May 5th

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                                                                                                        EaterBob Apr 26, 2010 04:45 PM

                                                                                                        According to this Facebook event, the opening is on the 6th - although I would presume this is their way to make sure that the restaurant gets noticed
                                                                                                        http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid...

                                                                                                        I would not put it past them to have multiple openings for as many people as possible, after all it is Crescent street, and it wouldn't seem right if there wasn't an overflow crowd of 20 year-old women in short tight skirts and high heels. One for the investors, another one for friends and family and another one for the hoi polloi.

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                                                                                                          Shattered Apr 27, 2010 05:45 PM

                                                                                                          Also wouldn't put it past them for it to be 'launch party' in name only. ie. no specials, no drinks or hors d'oeuvres on house... I've seen restos in other chic areas, namely the old port, have "launches" of this sort.

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                                                                                                            wilmagrace Apr 29, 2010 09:10 AM

                                                                                                            resident diner on notre dame old montreal had for rent sign, although furniture there not open on tuesday so presume it has closed up, I enjoyed their meals, thought it might make it as had a niche and good location near city hall building

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                                                                                                        cicii Apr 13, 2010 12:07 PM

                                                                                                        i believe newtown has closed or is changing management. can anyone confirm?

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                                                                                                          montrealwaitress Apr 17, 2010 06:51 AM

                                                                                                          definitely not closed and if it's changing management it's certainly not changing ownership. while i've seen them doing lots of spring cleaning (painting, etc) they haven't been closed at all.

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                                                                                                          JohnnyGe Apr 7, 2010 09:57 AM

                                                                                                          Looks like Manhattan on Union has bit the dust. One of my favorite lunch bistros downtown. Wonder who's heading into that space?

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                                                                                                            jtothe Apr 10, 2010 11:09 AM

                                                                                                            La Montee on Bishop, is officially closed. The bouchonee location has inherited most of the staff.

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                                                                                                              HappyMtl Apr 11, 2010 02:35 PM

                                                                                                              I will miss La Montee! They had very good food.

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                                                                                                                alixium Apr 15, 2010 09:57 AM

                                                                                                                Bouchonné, located on St-Laurent, is now called la Montée de Lait. (confused yet?)
                                                                                                                http://fr.lamontee.ca/home

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                                                                                                              lagatta Mar 24, 2010 11:29 AM

                                                                                                              Most of you probably know that Itacate Mexican restaurant on Beaubien just east of St-Dominique has moved two doors east, to slightly larger premises. Originally the owners wanted to keep both premises, but now I see a sign in the old restaurant window For Sale or Rent.

                                                                                                              It is a nice little space, if you know anyone who is interested in opening a restaurant in that area.

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                                                                                                                peloquma Mar 8, 2010 06:50 PM

                                                                                                                trinity resto, so closed or did we all know...

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                                                                                                                  hungryann Mar 8, 2010 07:09 PM

                                                                                                                  Really? That's shocking.

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                                                                                                                    BLM Mar 8, 2010 07:51 PM

                                                                                                                    It seems they went bankrupt from postings I see on Twitter(1.3 million in the hole). Although the tweet I saw is a little confusing. In same sentence where they say Trinity went bankrupt, but also says pretty sure they will re-open soon.

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                                                                                                                      kpaxonite Mar 8, 2010 07:58 PM

                                                                                                                      it says renovations http://www.trinity-restaurant.com/

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                                                                                                                        kpaxonite Mar 8, 2010 08:04 PM

                                                                                                                        often this is an excuse esp in a new restaurant,... i was mad when segafredo wrote this and was actually bankrupt

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                                                                                                                      chilipepper Mar 8, 2010 07:27 PM

                                                                                                                      I thought the sign on the door said they'd be back in mid-March or some date like that.....

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                                                                                                                        ios94 Mar 15, 2010 07:22 AM

                                                                                                                        I was driving up St Laurent on Saturday and passed by Los Classicos, I didn’t have the best opportunity to see exactly what was going on but I looked over and noticed a sign saying "opening soon" or something to that extent, my wife said it looks like they were renovating.

                                                                                                                        The Los Classicos sign was still up so I don't know if they are renovating or if someone else is taking over. I got the impression though that is was Los Classicos "re-opening" soon. I could be wrong, maybe someone in the area can confirm this more accurately.

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                                                                                                                          jellybelly25 Mar 15, 2010 12:05 PM

                                                                                                                          I walked by today and the space is being taken over by a new restaurant. I'm sorry I forgot to write down the name (it was one word). The name is written on paper on the bottom right of the window with "nouvelle administration" written next to it.

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                                                                                                                            lagatta Mar 15, 2010 06:28 PM

                                                                                                                            I cycled past there today - another Mexican resto, but as jellybelly25 said, "nouvelle administration".

                                                                                                                            A few locations in that area seem cursed.

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                                                                                                                              Shattered Mar 15, 2010 06:51 PM

                                                                                                                              It does seem like a sorta no-man's-land between the happening main stretch of the Main (up to Mt Royal) and where Mile End picks up around Laurier.

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                                                                                                                                kpaxonite Mar 15, 2010 07:28 PM

                                                                                                                                trust me the 2 dollar chow mein on pine and st laurent is very busy at 2 or 3 am
                                                                                                                                plus there are popular clubs like blue dog and koda
                                                                                                                                not to mention shwartz and main

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                                                                                                                                  lagatta Mar 15, 2010 08:12 PM

                                                                                                                                  Well, that is very far down indeed, and a different clientèle.

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                                                                                                                                    kpaxonite Mar 15, 2010 08:21 PM

                                                                                                                                    lol i fully agree.. but it still must not be considered a wasteland.. many people have fond memories!

                                                                                                                                    btw my comments wer emostly refering to the no mans land comment... not the mexican place

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                                                                                                                                      SnackHappy Mar 15, 2010 11:15 PM

                                                                                                                                      Like Shattered said, the no man's land starts above Mont-Royal. The bit around Des Pins and up to Mont-Royal has always been quite lively.

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                                                                                                                                        Shattered Mar 16, 2010 02:15 PM

                                                                                                                                        Seriously, kpaxonite, check a map... you're talking about places 15-20 min walk downhill.

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                                                                                                                      everyonelovessushi Feb 24, 2010 06:43 PM

                                                                                                                      Djoliba on Park Ave.
                                                                                                                      Something called Australian Pie set to open in the same location.

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                                                                                                                        reelection Feb 24, 2010 06:56 PM

                                                                                                                        When did Djoliba close?? I was going to go try it before the end of this month!

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                                                                                                                          Shattered Feb 25, 2010 03:10 AM

                                                                                                                          Count another disappointed CH'er. It was on my list since it opened and I never got around to it (only 20 min walk away too, doh). We shouldn't take any place for granted in this economy...

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                                                                                                                            unlaced Mar 4, 2010 05:43 AM

                                                                                                                            Australian Pie!?!?!?! This Australian is super excited about that news - does anyone have any more information on this? I would love to be able to get a pie and sauce without having to make it myself! I might have to BYO some of my stash of Australian BBQ sauce though...

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                                                                                                                              everyonelovessushi Mar 8, 2010 07:05 PM

                                                                                                                              Just walked past the place about 20 minutes ago and the guys looked like they were packing it up for the night. They are obviously in over drive to open up, wouldn't be surprised if it was a matter of days.
                                                                                                                              BTW, WTH is an Australian pie, and what makes it special?

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                                                                                                                                unlaced Mar 10, 2010 07:47 AM

                                                                                                                                Here is the website for Australian Pie, due to open this week it seems (as the Westmount Rugby club is retiring there post game, according to google)
                                                                                                                                http://www.tourtiereaustralienne.ca/e...

                                                                                                                                An Australian pie is a meat pie, which we eat as a meal or as snack. Every bakery in Australia offers it, as well as sausage rolls, and they can be really awful or really delicious, depending on the meat and flavourings use and the quality of the pastry (and how long it has been sitting in the pie warmer for) Have a look at the wikipedia page for more info! I don't know if they will catch on here, but I will be going on the weekend!

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                                                                                                                                  reelection Mar 10, 2010 08:03 AM

                                                                                                                                  According to their Facebook page ( http://www.facebook.com/pages/Montrea... ), it is already open! Reviews are tricking in at that link. Would love to get a CH'er perspective on this in the near future.

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                                                                                                                                    unlaced Mar 10, 2010 08:23 AM

                                                                                                                                    I will be going on the weekend and will report back!

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                                                                                                                            Shattered Feb 24, 2010 04:12 AM

                                                                                                                            Caprice at 70 Prince-Arthur E (beside Mazurka) is papered up. That's a surprising one, since it's been around for years.

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                                                                                                                              Shattered Apr 20, 2010 08:10 PM

                                                                                                                              My bad. I walked by yesterday, they're very much still open. Guess they were renovating during the slow season, or on vacation and figured papering over would make a less inviting target for 'do-badders' than leaving that big glass front unattended.

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                                                                                                                              chilipepper Feb 22, 2010 08:40 PM

                                                                                                                              Drove past Mess Hall in Westmount and it's all papered up - closing? Renovating?

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                                                                                                                                Dusty08 Feb 23, 2010 09:59 PM

                                                                                                                                One of the bartenders there bought the restaurant. They are currently renovating. No idea what is planned.

                                                                                                                              2. carswell Feb 18, 2010 08:15 AM

                                                                                                                                That didn't take long: Nouba (5329 Saint-Laurent) has reportedly closed. It opened in November of 2009.

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                                                                                                                                  Shattered Feb 18, 2010 07:49 PM

                                                                                                                                  I knew that name rang a bell. It was one of the places firebombed during that string of bombings last fall.

                                                                                                                                  The Nouba incident was particularly bad because the owner had one thrown into his apartment, too.

                                                                                                                                  http://montreal.ctv.ca/servlet/an/loc...

                                                                                                                                  All still unsolved, I believe.

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                                                                                                                                  sharkbait88 Feb 17, 2010 03:02 PM

                                                                                                                                  restaurant caravelle that served cheap homestyle vietnamese food in the basement of 2020 university is closed as of the beginning of this year. no word on relocation or reopening.

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                                                                                                                                    westaust Feb 17, 2010 05:36 PM

                                                                                                                                    they have another outpost at Place Ville Marie if you want to continue to have your Caravelle Fix

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                                                                                                                                      sharkbait88 Feb 17, 2010 06:20 PM

                                                                                                                                      is it the same owner?

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                                                                                                                                        superbossmom Feb 18, 2010 03:16 AM

                                                                                                                                        Since Bronte is in the lobby of a hotel, I assume something else will open there
                                                                                                                                        to accomodate travellers.

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                                                                                                                                          cherylmtl Feb 18, 2010 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                                          I think the article said it was being kept open for breakfast and lunch, for hotel guests.

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                                                                                                                                          jptimbaud Feb 18, 2010 09:23 AM

                                                                                                                                          what a loss. IMO the cooking at the 2020 outpost was (much) more authentic.

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                                                                                                                                            marblebag Feb 24, 2010 11:41 AM

                                                                                                                                            The people at the 2020 joint spoke Vietnamese. the PVM location speak some language I don't recognize.

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                                                                                                                                              lagatta Mar 15, 2010 06:23 PM

                                                                                                                                              When I worked there I loved Caravelle - SO much better than the western Chinese place.

                                                                                                                                              Lots of students ate there.

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                                                                                                                                                cicii Apr 13, 2010 11:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                caravelle has opened a new location though on the bottom of crescent/rene levesque

                                                                                                                                      2. cherylmtl Feb 16, 2010 04:20 PM

                                                                                                                                        Not a permanent closing, but Chalet BBQ's dining room is closed for at least the next 2 weeks for renovations. Delivery and takeout are still open, thankfully!

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                                                                                                                                          PogoPoutine Feb 24, 2010 08:12 PM

                                                                                                                                          Any idea what they are going to do to the place? I found it charming, if a little dated and tacky. Freshening it up a bit couldn't hurt too much I suppose.

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                                                                                                                                            kpzoo Mar 13, 2010 12:59 PM

                                                                                                                                            I'm pleased to report that Chalet BBQ's dining room is open once again, and has retained all the unique "charm" of its 1940s-era faux-ski-lodge decor. The only thing they redid was the floor, which apparently had become a hazard with missing tiles everywhere. So not to worry - it's virtually identical to its pre-reno self!

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                                                                                                                                          Dusty08 Feb 16, 2010 10:40 AM

                                                                                                                                          Brontë has closed. Just heard the news via facebook from Lesley Chesterman: "RIP Brontë".

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                                                                                                                                            SharpGui Feb 16, 2010 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                            Yes... Brontë is closed, sad but true.

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                                                                                                                                            chilipepper Feb 15, 2010 07:15 PM

                                                                                                                                            Pique Assiette on Bishop gone and replaced by Lebanese resto Habibi - when the heck did that happen?! And where did the P-A go?!

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                                                                                                                                              eat2much Feb 10, 2010 08:38 AM

                                                                                                                                              Bistingo on Van Horne has closed.

                                                                                                                                              Not a closing per se but Mon Nan will be moving from its' present location to 43 de la Gauchetiere East (downstairs from Tong Por/ Tong Sing).

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                                                                                                                                                lucylent Feb 5, 2010 07:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                Santangelos on Lincoin and Guy has closed!

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                                                                                                                                                  chilipepper Feb 7, 2010 04:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                  The one on de Maisonneuve near the Bay disappeared too.

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                                                                                                                                                    eoj Sep 22, 2010 02:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                    I heard that there was still another location somewhere, does anyone know if this is the case? I'd be sad if it was totally gone ... those porchetta sandwiches were addictive.

                                                                                                                                                2. cherylmtl Feb 4, 2010 07:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Laitue and Go in Eaton Centre has laitue and gone...don't know if it's just that location, or all of them. Not much of a loss, but still...

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                                                                                                                                                    Maximilien Feb 4, 2010 08:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                    posted in the wrong year ... and post was delete. go figure what I originally wrote!

                                                                                                                                                    Los Classicos (mexican on St-Laurent) is closed, and as Carswell wrote, most probably also the second shop on St-Catherine.

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                                                                                                                                                      sweettoothMTL Feb 4, 2010 09:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                      WHAT?? I tought this place was doing ok. Well, bad start of the year for the decent mexican places...altough I didn't know they had a St-Catherine outlet.

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                                                                                                                                                        carswell Feb 4, 2010 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                        For the search engine, it is/was Los Clasicos sans double s. And going to their website still garners you a "server not found" message.

                                                                                                                                                        Have to admit I didn't see this one coming. Their St-Laurent shop was fairly busy whenever I was there or walked by.

                                                                                                                                                        Back to humdrum Mexican, I guess. Bummer.

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                                                                                                                                                          kpzoo Feb 4, 2010 02:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                          I ate at the Los Clasicos on Ste-Catherine once and I must say it was one of the more disgusting meals I've had anywhere. I was so disappointed because I'd heard such good things about the St-Laurent location. The refried beans were served at room temperature with globs of white lard throughout. It was truly revolting. I am a bit sad that I'll never get to taste the food at the other location, since the reviews had been so positive.

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                                                                                                                                                            carswell Feb 4, 2010 08:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Never ate at the Ste-Catherine operation. Sounds like that may be a good thing. The food at the St-Laurent location was, along with the original taqueria that's since become the forgettable Taqueria Mex (St-Laurent just south of Marie-Anne), the best Mexican I've encountered in Montreal.

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                                                                                                                                                              Mr F Feb 5, 2010 08:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Taqueria Mex has been essentially the same forgettable nosh at the same location for at least 15 years. (I lived behind them in 1995.) Are you thinking of Tortilleria Maya, since moved to JTM? Or just remembering a time farther back than 15 years?

                                                                                                                                                              In any case, the Tortilleria at JTM has a tasty Mexican lunch counter -- though my knowledge of Mexican food is very limited, so I can't say how authentic it is or how it measures up to others.

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                                                                                                                                                                carswell Feb 5, 2010 09:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                The resto now known as Taqueria Mex was originally the Montreal outpost of a taqueria in Malibu. I think the name was different but don't recall what it was, and googling Malibu restaurants is no help.

                                                                                                                                                                The decor and menu were pretty much the same as now but the food was infinitely better. Among other things, they had an in-house tortilla machine located in that semi-enclosed space just west of the front counter (where the mannequin is today), and their tortillas were indeed things of beauty. They also made the best Mission-style burritos I've had this side of the Sierra Nevada.

                                                                                                                                                                Was turned onto it by a Mexican neighbour not long after I moved into my current apartment, which was probably sometime in the early '90s.

                                                                                                                                                                Have hit the Maya counter at JTM (El Rey del Taco?) a couple of times. The tamales were just OK but the tacos were as good as any I've had in the city since Taqueria Malibu (or whatever) closed.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Mr F Feb 5, 2010 01:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks for that. Shame it slipped to ordinary so long ago...

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                                                                                                                                                                    lagatta Feb 6, 2010 04:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Sarah Musgrave has a (generally positive) review of El Rey in the Gazette today: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/t...

                                                                                                                                                                    A friend who ia a Latin American studies scholar and who has done lengthy research stays in Mexico says that rough-and-ready counter is surprisingly authentic, for humble Mexican taqueria food. He likes going there.

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                                                                                                                                                              hellophotokitty Mar 3, 2010 07:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                              So does anybody know why Los Clasicos closed? I almost cried when I drove by about two weeks ago and saw the sign for "restaurant for rent". (sorry for the double post..)

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                                                                                                                                                                Maximilien Mar 4, 2010 02:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Me think 2 reasons :

                                                                                                                                                                - They opened a restaurant with too many places.
                                                                                                                                                                - They opened a second restaurants without enough secured funds. (probably they saw that it worked well enough with 1 restaurants and they thought it would be easy to have another one).

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                                                                                                                                                              Shattered Feb 4, 2010 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                              And my post was deleted too.... I said that they expanded way too quickly, and the second location was in a pretty seedy location. Too bad, the first place seemed to have a good following and press. But, I have to say, I saw the second location, and thought, "uh-oh". You just can't expand that quickly, especially in this fickle & slim-margin biz.

                                                                                                                                                              sweettooth, the St-Cath location was just east of St-Laurent, before Metropolis & Foufounes. As I said, pretty seedy (St-Lo & St-Cath: streetwalker central).

                                                                                                                                                              edit: Actually, my comment & other follow-ups are still there. anyway...

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                                                                                                                                                                moh Mar 24, 2010 04:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Aggh about Los Classicos..... They really made very lovely home-style food, I am going to miss this place dreadfully.

                                                                                                                                                                If anyone hears of any plans for the family to open up a new place, please please post.

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                                                                                                                                                                sweettoothMTL Jan 25, 2010 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Passed by Mestiza Sunday (the little Mexican grocery store-brunch place, on St-Zotique), and the local looked empty! Very sad, I will cherish the remaining jar of their home salsa in my frige.

                                                                                                                                                                (I didn't see any current closing 2010 thread, I hope this is the used one?)

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                                                                                                                                                                  FoodNovice Feb 4, 2010 08:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  They're continuing to produce their products, just no retail outlet. Saw some at La Dépense in JTM.

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                                                                                                                                                                    sweettoothMTL Feb 4, 2010 09:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the info, that's good news. But I will miss what little food she made on the premises, especially that week-end brunch, in the summer, they had a good terrasse, always very quiet. Altough I hadn't stopped by for food since september, so I can't really be upset.

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                                                                                                                                                                      FoodNovice Feb 5, 2010 08:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      If you want to keep in touch, you can sign up to her newsletter here:
                                                                                                                                                                      http://mestiza.ca/
                                                                                                                                                                      that's how I found out about her product line.

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