HOME > Chowhound > Quebec (inc. Montreal) >

Le Garde-Manger Montreal closed down?

Eleniel Jan 20, 2010 08:04 PM

My and my friend were looking into checking out Le Garde-Manger for dinner. We've been trying to call them to make reservations for a week and all we got were their voice mail that responded that it's full. So since we thought it's the mid-week we'd just chance it by dropping by and guess what....the restaurant has been barred up and their windows and doors have been sealed up by plastic.

It didn't look like it was under renovation. It just looked closed. Do anyone know what's up?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. porker RE: Eleniel Jan 21, 2010 02:31 AM

    The wife and I had a case of cabin fever Sunday night.
    Before our final stop in Chinatown, we were roaming around Old Montreal. Passing Garde-Manger, we noticed the windows apparently papered over and we had the same questions.

    We stopped for drinks at a nearby watering hole and the subject came up with the bartender. She said perhaps they were preparing for filming? But she thought again and said that she heard one of the cooks was killed in an accident in Mexico, but did not know if that was the reason for the paper-over.
    Tragic for all involved if this is the case.

    1. s
      stephlovestoeat RE: Eleniel Jan 21, 2010 05:18 AM

      When I called a few days ago, the message said they were closed for the month of January to film Chuck's day off.

      4 Replies
      1. re: stephlovestoeat
        Maximilien RE: stephlovestoeat Jan 21, 2010 06:09 AM

        being a celebrity chef must pay a lot if he can afford to close his restaurant for a month!

        1. re: Maximilien
          eat2much RE: Maximilien Jan 21, 2010 06:13 AM

          January is a slow month. The decision was made to film the entire season in one shot rather than one or two days a week for months on end. The boards on the windows and door are to better control the lighting. Access to the restaurant (for cast and crew only) is from the back alley.

          1. re: eat2much
            porker RE: eat2much Jan 22, 2010 02:42 AM

            OK, this makes sense.
            In my restaurant days, it would've taken ALOT to get me back there on my day off week in, week out. I don't think I would have been smiling as much as Chuck unless the compensation was OVER THE TOP...

          2. re: Maximilien
            Eleniel RE: Maximilien Jan 22, 2010 04:34 AM

            Ahh that makes sense then. The voice message that I got was that their voicebox is full and that was it - for a week. I was beginning to wonder if they're closed down permanently. Glad to hear they'll be back~!

        2. c
          chevalier RE: Eleniel Mar 9, 2010 10:58 AM


          Is Le Garde-Manger reopen? Does anyone know?

          I can't seem to find a website for them on google, do they have one?


          2 Replies
          1. re: chevalier
            eat2much RE: chevalier Mar 9, 2010 11:49 AM

            They are open again but do not have a website.

            1. re: chevalier
              anka RE: chevalier Apr 27, 2010 09:29 PM

              They are definitely open, and are booking TWO WEEKS in advance for Saturdays. I tried for this Saturday, but failed to get a spot.

            2. lpettigrew RE: Eleniel Sep 1, 2010 05:36 AM

              I know this thread's old now, but it seems they've closed yet again. Urbanspoon actually sent out the news in their newsletter today, stating it is "no longer open" - do we know if this is just more filming or has Le Garde-Manger actually closed?

              8 Replies
              1. re: lpettigrew
                SourberryLily RE: lpettigrew Sep 1, 2010 08:50 AM

                Phone number and answering service is still working...

                1. re: lpettigrew
                  eat2much RE: lpettigrew Sep 1, 2010 03:25 PM

                  I;m not sure where they got their information but it is business as usual at Garde Manger. Urban Spoon seems to have removed the "Closed" that they had posted this morning. I do wish that before people send out newsletters etc. they would verify their info.

                  1. re: eat2much
                    sebell RE: eat2much Sep 3, 2010 06:08 PM

                    They are definitely still very open. We just confirmed our reservation for dinner in 3 weeks.

                    1. re: sebell
                      porker RE: sebell Sep 4, 2010 04:10 PM

                      Maybe they're closed for 2.9 weeks?

                      1. re: sebell
                        Linda M. RE: sebell Sep 10, 2010 02:21 PM

                        sebell, how did you confirm your reservation? I called a few days ago for a reservation on Sunday, September 26th and have had no response. Does this mean that they are already completely booked for that evening?

                        1. re: Linda M.
                          Maximilien RE: Linda M. Sep 10, 2010 02:53 PM

                          Me think they are probably closed on sundays (but not an excuse to get back to you to tell you that).

                          1. re: Linda M.
                            sebell RE: Linda M. Sep 10, 2010 03:58 PM

                            I booked through the concierge at the Hotel we're staying at - Hyatt. They confirmed with the restaurant quite a few days later, which seems a bit odd (how long it took). I'm assuming with their popularity Garde Manger does not hurry to respond or respond at all if they are booked.

                            1. re: sebell
                              Handsome Dan RE: sebell Sep 12, 2010 10:12 PM

                              Garde is most definitely open and most definitely insanely full. The management and owners are quite good people but the number of calls and requests they get - well, it's never ending and they really do try to accomodate everyone.
                              They are open Sundays for now, but close when shooting for the chefs show on Food Network begins again.
                              If you haven't gotten a confirmation, it's difficult to tell... 2-3 weeks should be enough time... But try calling between 3pm and 5 pm only. Enjoy!

                    Show Hidden Posts