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http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/678649
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2008 - 178 replies
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  1. RDI just stated that "le restaurant Alexandre sur la rue Duluth" just burned down in a fire. I don't think they will be open for a while.

    1. I prefer an annual thread.

      Rugantino and Nizza have closed.

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      1. re: pinalafina

        Nizza is only closed for the holiday period

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        Nizza
        1121 Anderson, Montreal, QC H2Z 1M1, CA

        1. re: westaust

          That's what I thought. It didn't make sense. Nizza very recently returned putting pizzas back on their menu.

          Edit: I see that they closed Dec 24 & re-opening Jan 7.

            1. re: SnackHappy

              Yeah, it was just reported closed at the montrealinfo site. Don't know what happened.

          1. re: pinalafina

            Agreed, Nizza would have been quite surprising. Rugantino (on St-Laurent), on the other hand... went there a few months ago on a Sunday night and we were the only party seated that night.

          2. It looks like people are already starting to use this thread as an annual thread, so we're going to remove the debate about whether it should be annual vs. monthly vs. quarterly, in order to keep this thread on target.

            We'd split that discussion over to the Site Talk board so it could be continued there, where that kind of meta-discussion best takes place, but unfortunately, it isn't all in a neat sub-thread so we're unable to. If people do want to continue discussing this issue, please do start a new thread on Site Talk and post a link to it here so people can find it.

            1. Is "Aquetzalli" closed ?

              There's a "A Louer" sign in the window, chairs on tables and no indication they are on vacations.

              M.

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              1. re: Maximilien

                Still looks closed. I passed by yesterday, and it's the same picture you saw Max: A Louer sign, and place was closed (on a Tuesday night, may be normal...)

              2. Have been told that Ahn and her family want to go and do other things, so La Petite Tonkinoise (140 Laurier o) will be closing at the end of February.

                1. The "Ouverture Bientôt" signs at Chez Clo have been replaced by a big "À Louer" sign. I hadn't seen any sign of life there since well before Christmas. I guess that's that.

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                  1. re: SnackHappy

                    Hello, SH, where is this place located? A lady friend of mine want to open a home made pastry shop.

                    1. re: maj54us

                      Restaurant Chez Clo
                      3199, Rue Ontario Est, Montréal, QC H1W 1P1
                      514-522-5348 ‎

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                      Restaurant Chez Clo
                      3199 Rue Ontario E, Montreal, QC H1W1P1, CA

                      1. re: maj54us

                        Ontario and Dézéry. Not really the best place to open anything other than a pawn shop or a massage parlour.

                        1. re: SnackHappy

                          OR a tattoo shop, with a massage parlour integrated inside of it, which is de rigeur, of course.

                          1. re: SnackHappy

                            I thought that was the next plateau area after rosemont borough.

                            1. re: maj54us

                              Maybe on the East side, but not on the West side. There's stuff going on around Place Valois and Marché Maisonneuve, but it's all very fragile. Shops keep going out of business. Gourmet-oriented businesses are few and far between and only a few seem to be doing well. There isn't yet any sort of critical mass of middle-class urban types to sustain a real foodie scene.

                              1. re: SnackHappy

                                I guess with the middle class loosing it's purchasing power it will be interesting to see how it evolves in the next 10 years.

                        2. re: SnackHappy

                          Chez Clo had a fire, last night. I'll let you draw your own conclusions.

                          http://fr.canoe.ca/infos/societe/arch...

                          1. re: SnackHappy

                            I think Chez Clo was closed for sometimes. (at least 6 months).

                        3. It would seem that Sushi D'Asia on Sherbrooke Ouest (near Prud'homme/Décarie) is now closed. I was hoping it was just closed for the holidays but after a few weeks of not having any lights on in the place, their sign has been taken down.

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                          1. re: MaiCarInMtl

                            Was it any good? It never inspired me enough to want to go in.

                            1. re: hungryann

                              I thought it was good. They had a good selection, I can't complain about the quality, and I loved how it was a family-owned business (the mother was making the sushi, the father took orders/did deliveries/etc and their kids would help out here and there). The place didn't look too inspiring from the outside (nothing on that block does, really) but it was actually nice and renovated inside.
                              I just went by again last night and saw that a new resto is opening up there

                            2. re: MaiCarInMtl

                              i don't know if u are talking Sushi 5 seasons because they had a fire: even tho the sign says Renovations I happened by one day for lunch as all the insurance guys were there and I was told the fire had happened early that morning.

                              I wound up at Jardin D'asie and had their bento box for lunch and I have been back twice since: great value that bento box

                              1. re: blondee_47

                                No, not the same place at all. sushi 5 saisons is on the west side of Decarie, whereas Sushi D'Asia was just east of Decarie.

                                Asean Garden does have some decent sushi.

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                                Asean Garden
                                5828 Rue Sherbrooke W, Montreal, QC H4A1X3, CA

                            3. Diogenes on Décarie in VSL has gone the way of the dodo after mroe than a couple of decades (at least). No more inexpensive neighborhood souvlaki on pita.

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                              1. re: wattacetti

                                oh no! I'll miss that Doner tremendously.

                              2. Boustan is for sale!!!! (at least no more crazy heartburn andf whatnot...)

                                http://www.montrealmirror.com/wp/2011...

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                                1. re: kpaxonite

                                  A few years ago, this would have really upset me. Luckily there are tons of other good Lebanese options during the daytime... 2 am will never be the same though. This is not so surprising, Really. Junior seemed tired of it all.

                                  1. re: The Chemist

                                    it takes lots of patience to deal with all the drunken party animals after midnight.

                                2. The phone number at O'Regan's Irish Pub is disconnected, does anyone know if it's actually closed?

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                                  1. re: amylnitrate

                                    Yes it is, been closed about 2-3 weeks. A reliable source told me the owner was way behind on the rent so he shuttered essentially overnight.

                                  2. Seen on Au cinquième pêché Facebook page :

                                    «Bon, en bref, c'est la dernière semaine pour le 5e péché au 330 mont royal est. Dans l'attente d'une nouvelle adresse, nous vous invitons à venir profiter pleinement de ces derniers instants en notre compagnie. Pour les détenteurs de certificats cadeaux, c'est votre semaine. Venez nombreux, we will miss you...»

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                                      1. re: Glaff

                                        The Lenglet brothers are finalizing details on a new location, these things take time, but they will be back, break a leg to Benjamin & Benoit in their new endeavor.

                                        1. re: WhoNew

                                          I hope they will not go downtown and repeat the "La Montée" fiasco.

                                      2. BBQ Montréal seems to be already closed.

                                        Seen on Michele Forgione's Twitter :

                                        «Venti osteria Italiana,opening April 15, 372 st Paul west.rustic Italian cuisine at its best.back in old Montreal!!!»... It was BBQ Montréal address.

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                                        1. re: Glaff

                                          I'm not surprised. There are only so many suckers to fill these "updated comfort food" places.

                                          1. re: SnackHappy

                                            I think it has more to do with the size and location than the menu. Hopefully the time time will be a charmed for this ill-fated address.

                                            1. re: eat2much

                                              Yeah I don't think that was just another fake neo-rustic comfort food place... Alexandre Gosselin is actually a great chef.

                                              1. re: Glaff

                                                Well, it could be argued that no matter the chef's talents, there is just too large an offer in this market segment. Every other place opening in Montreal is doing some twist on North-American comfort food. How much pulled-pork can people eat? I'm starting to have a hard time telling these places apart.

                                                1. re: SnackHappy

                                                  Maybe he'd agree with you after all... Alexandre Gosselin just left the team from Bar & Boeuf and BBQ Montreal for Chez Victoire.

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                                                  Bar & Boeuf
                                                  500 McGill, Montreal, QC H2Y2H6, CA

                                                  Chez Victoire
                                                  1453 Avenue du Mont Royal Est, Montreal, QC H2J, CA

                                                  1. re: Glaff

                                                    That's the resto that opened last year in the old Pistou location, is that it? Then he'll certainly re-animate the place.

                                        2. Pasta Tella on Stanley has closed. In addition, Troika on Crescent has closed for restructuring and will reopen with a new name and concept.

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                                          1. re: eat2much

                                            Not sure how long ago patisserie pagel on st viateur closed but now replaced by patisserie de Gaulle, still has the little terrace on side --advertising some meals on chalkboard.

                                            1. re: wilmagrace

                                              Now you reminded me. It changed a month or two ago. I have a feeling it's the same owner, but now not part of Pattiserie Pagel. Anyone know more?

                                              1. re: BLM

                                                I asked and he just said everything is different, but not more communicative, so cannot say for sure. Nothing changed inside. The pastries looked different to me and seemed to have less choice. Pagel had another branch or two I believe.

                                                1. re: wilmagrace

                                                  I did the same thing(I'd asked), & pretty much got same response as you(he was not communicative). At last check, Pagel have at least 2 other locations.

                                          2. Le Mangoustan, venerable Vietnamese byow on St-Hubert between Rosemont and Bellechasse has closed; think it was actually sold.

                                            Once upon a time it was actually good, but had been in a long, slow decline. No shortage of such restos in the general area.

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                                            1. re: lagatta

                                              In lapresse it was saying the boston pizza franchises would now be called montreal pizzas???

                                              1. re: wilmagrace

                                                Just a temporary gimmick - show of solidarity for the Habs during the playoffs:

                                                http://lapresseaffaires.cyberpresse.c...

                                              1. re: Arktik

                                                Actually, according to the owners, McKiernan's will be moving - ref:
                                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7559...

                                              2. Restaurant Koka Loka at 940 Mont-Royal Est is closed, brown papers all over the windows. That spot seems really doomed, they're the third restaurant in a row to fail in that location. (First was Green Stop (!), second was Bistro 940 and now Koka Loka)

                                                1. Longtime Montreal favourite Punjab Palace burnt down, yesterday.

                                                  http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/F...

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                                                  1. re: SnackHappy

                                                    Good ridance! One of the worst place I ever ate at. Made me stop eating indian food for a decade.

                                                  2. Il Mulino on St-Zotique in Little Italy has been closed for a couple of months. They have signs saying it's closed for renovations in the windows, which at first said it would re-open in april, and has since been changed to may.
                                                    Not sure it will reopen in the same name, they even removed the sign above the door and the neons that were with it.

                                                    1. Cheaters on Salaberry near Boul. des Sources in the West Island (near the Marché de l'Ouest) has been closed for about a month. It's undergoing renovations and it seems it may become some kind of panini place (I'm not sure).

                                                      While the service wasn't always great, I will miss going there for coffee and dessert with my friends. One less place to go to in the West Island - the list is getting short for late-night desserts!!!

                                                      1. Is Bofinger on Mont-Royal closed for good?

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                                                        1. re: maj54us

                                                          Certainly looks go, tried going there about a month ago at 6PM on a saturday night and there was no sign of life. My friend who lives nearby told me he hasn't seen it open since then.

                                                          1. re: maj54us

                                                            It has been completely removed from their website (under locations).

                                                          2. Madre on Masson has closed but will reopen in a couple of weeks as a BYOW. It is great news because the food was excellent there but their wine list was never up to par. They are also renovating the restaurant which was always very "cold". The atmosphere was never there even though the food was excellent. I am anxious to see the new and improved Madre!

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                                                            1. re: cricri7

                                                              Relaunch on May 26. This should be interesting.

                                                              1. Chez Brasil Cafe, on Rachel just East of St Laurent closed. Sad. I really liked it but didn't go as often as I meant to, except to pick up packs of frozen cheese balls.

                                                                1. Hi I am new to this board so please don't bite my head off I am not following the proper format!

                                                                  Anyone know if Bombay Palace in DDO on Sources is closed for good? It looks like the windows have all been covered in paper.

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                                                                  Bombay Palace
                                                                  3343 Boul Des Sources, Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, QC H9B1Z8, CA

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                                                                  1. re: CynthiaInVaudreuil

                                                                    Spicy Island on Gouin is closed as of a few day's ago. Anyone know why? They seemed to do brisk business and was just there just over a week ago.

                                                                    Such a shame as there's no other West Indies place around the WI (at least no other that I know of).

                                                                    1. re: ios94

                                                                      Someone just posted why in another thread - apparently it's turning into a new Mexican place.

                                                                      1. re: ios94

                                                                        Darn, another place I never got around to trying. Maybe they're relocating?

                                                                        1. re: hungryann

                                                                          I'm hoping hungryann but it doesn't look like it, their number is already out of service and their is no message on their door mentioning relocation. The Mexican better be darn good.

                                                                          1. re: ios94

                                                                            Oh wait, you were the person who reported about the Mexican. Please ignore my comment. ;-)

                                                                        2. re: ios94

                                                                          Spicy Island's closed? This is a tremendous loss if true. I know the place has been known to close up for a month or so once or twice a year so that the woman who runs the place can have a vacation, but shuttering the doors for good so that a mexican place can move in? This is so sad. They had amazing Island food, and an exceptional $4.99 lunch special that was a terrific deal.

                                                                          Kpzoo, can you provide the link to the thread that broke the news about it turning into a mexican joint? I've done a search but can't find it.

                                                                          1. re: Haggisboy

                                                                            It was mentioned by ios94 in the 'Restaurant Closings in 2011' thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7559... It's near the bottom of the replies. The new Mexican joint at Spicy Island's old location is called Santana's

                                                                      2. The Hotpot at 1017 Blvd St-Laurent is closed, I was in Chinatown two weeks ago and the sign was down, there was a new sign up for a sushi restaurant and the windows were painted over. Very sad, I loved the food there, we went there every week with friends last summer.

                                                                        1. MarieLou closed recently (or is in serious renovation) ?!?!

                                                                          and nother portugese place close by is having a "new administration" ... (can't remember the name).

                                                                          I think both places were pretty much empty most of the time I looked at them.

                                                                          1. The Biftheque has closed according to CJAD, mentioned late this afternoon, due to bankruptcy. I don't know if they are closed for good or not, we will see.

                                                                            The last time I went (this past winter) the food was only a shadow of what it one was. Even the waitress was subpar.

                                                                            I will miss the butcher, with their brisket sales however. Good luck to all and the employees for something better to come of all this.

                                                                            http://www.lebiftheque.com/

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                                                                            Biftheque Restaurant
                                                                            , Quebec, QC G1R, CA

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                                                                            1. re: MikeyMadness

                                                                              My guess is that next on the hit-list is Firegrill

                                                                              1. re: kpaxonite

                                                                                Not really a restaurant but Cuisine Gourmet on Monkland is on shaky ground. There has been a "for sale or rent" sign in the window for a couple of months and now there is a notice saying that their future is uncertain and suggests that you redeem your credit notes and/or gift certificates.

                                                                                1. re: eat2much

                                                                                  well I can report that Cuisine Gourmet on Monkland has now kicked the bucket. They've been having a closure sale. I wandered there several times this summer, to pick up housewarming gifts, etc. and never found anything I liked in the small stock they had left.

                                                                              2. re: MikeyMadness

                                                                                Does this mean ALL the Biftheques are gone now? I know the downtown one was toast a while ago, but there were other locations in Quebec and Ontario.

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                                                                                Biftheque Restaurant
                                                                                , Quebec, QC G1R, CA

                                                                                1. re: rwarren

                                                                                  According to the CJAD blog entry, it's only the one on Côte-de-liesse.

                                                                                  http://www.cjad.com/CJADLocalNews/ent...

                                                                                  1. re: rwarren

                                                                                    The one in Quebec City is now called "Le Bif"....and I agree with Mikey Madness - it's just not what it used to be...I wouldn't waste my $$...

                                                                                2. Sun Sing Lung - the Roast meat place on de la Gauchetière will be closing at the end of the month. They are retiring. You guys have a week left to get your 6$ bbq rice combo!

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                                                                                    1. re: sweettoothMTL

                                                                                      Sucks hey! The one on St-Laurent is good, but they don't offer the rice combo the last time I went. Sun Sing Lung location will become another restaurant.

                                                                                      1. re: Jaetee

                                                                                        Any info on what sort of restaurant will be taking the spot?

                                                                                        1. re: davekry

                                                                                          Most probably an asian restaurant! ; ) j/k . I'll see if I can find any info.

                                                                                          1. re: Jaetee

                                                                                            Found out that the restaurant Keung Kee that's above Sun Sing Lung, will be taking the location. Not sure if they will be occupying both floors, or just relocating.

                                                                                      1. re: Shattered

                                                                                        Just a heads-up the place closes early, at 6:30 today (maybe earlier on M-W?)

                                                                                    2. Noticed this week that Bangkok 2 on St Catherine near St. Mathieu has closed for good.

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                                                                                      1. re: montrealwaitress

                                                                                        Good indeed. The space was way too big, and it was never any good as the one two minutes away in the Faubourg. Every time I walked past it, it seemed empty.

                                                                                        1. re: davekry

                                                                                          The Faubourg one is no longer any good either.

                                                                                            1. re: Shattered

                                                                                              it hasnt been good for the past 3 years
                                                                                              or maybe the quality of asian food in the neighbourhood has overshadowed it
                                                                                              either way, the food is way too greasy and tastes of burnt jarred garlic

                                                                                              1. re: celfie

                                                                                                Yeah i used to love their basil sauce eggplant with chicken, but now it just tastes like oil, too much green peppers, undercooked eggplant... I need to find a replacement!

                                                                                      2. Tchang Kiang in NDG will close in July.

                                                                                        http://blogues.cyberpresse.ca/lortie/...

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                                                                                        Tchang Kiang Restaurant
                                                                                        6066 Rue Sherbrooke W, Montreal, QC H4A1Y1, CA

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                                                                                        1. re: vanierstudent

                                                                                          Heh, my husband always wanted to try that place solely because of its name.

                                                                                        2. Steve Pizza is history. I'm still debating whether this is a good or a bad thing.

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                                                                                          1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                            sigh... it was decent pizza for its price, the only place in the area really. And their poutines were surprisingly decent as well, same with their subs.

                                                                                            oh well at least I moved out of the plateau this summer

                                                                                            1. re: Ghostquatre

                                                                                              Aha! You're the reason the closed! :-)

                                                                                              And on the same block The Grand Bayou just closed.

                                                                                          2. Well, no wonder Ichiban was closed for inventory or whatever their sign said: it's closed for good! To be replaced by something called Restaurant Kaiban ( don't know what the Chinese characters translate into...) Sub-par, pricey, faux ramen bites the dust, unless this new place serves up the same!

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                                                                                            1. re: chilipepper

                                                                                              Karma in the WI is no more, it's being replaced with a Japanese restaurant.

                                                                                              1. re: ios94

                                                                                                Noooooooooooooo :(
                                                                                                We tried going last week and I was told it was closed for renos.

                                                                                                1. re: hungryann

                                                                                                  From what I heard, you didn't miss much (food-wise). The place looked nice but that's all the positive I heard about the place from acquaintances.

                                                                                            2. I don't think this is any great loss, but the Homard Plus outlet on Gouin west has bit the dust. There's a Sutton "for sale" sign as well as one of those "thank you for your patronage" messages.

                                                                                              1. Walked by L'Atelier on Saint-Laurent last night and windows were papered-up. No sign, no note, no nothing.

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                                                                                                1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                  what? I bought a coupon for that place ...

                                                                                                  1. re: TheSnowpea

                                                                                                    Seems like it was a false alarm. I walked by L'Atelier yesterday and they were very much open.

                                                                                                      1. re: thelonious777

                                                                                                        So I used my coupon for L'Atelier recently and while the food was well prepared, there were some issues with it (for example: a nice veal rib plated on an unwarmed plate and served with lukewarm veggies that quickly cooled).

                                                                                                        Also, the ambiance felt unwelcoming (owner was too busy being cool for his crowd of young friends, leaving the rest of the guests feeling like second class citizens) and there were so many little things that irked us that we paid up without wanting a look at dessert.

                                                                                                2. Looks like La Montee de Lait on St-Laurent is closing down... They posted a farewall message on their site. Too bad, never got around to trying it out.

                                                                                                  http://www.lamonteedelait.com/article...

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                                                                                                  1. re: darwiner

                                                                                                    I'm very sorry to hear that, and if anyone hears (or knows) where Hugo lands, please post it. Thanks.

                                                                                                      1. re: darwiner

                                                                                                        Martin has been at Newtown for a while now. I'm more interested in where Hugo, the maitre d', sommelier and front of house guy goes.

                                                                                                        1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                          That's sad news. Their food was truly fantastic.

                                                                                                  2. Rachel Rachel – the bar part-owned by local celeb Bob le Chef – was victim of a fire. They say they want to re-open for the holidays. We'll see.

                                                                                                    http://www.montreal.tv/portail/blog/2...

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                                                                                                    1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                      Rachel-Rachel has yet to re-open or announce an re-opening date since their fire, and the building is now for sale. Looks like it's a goner. People with group buy coupons should really think about getting refunded.

                                                                                                    2. Cash and Curry is now Tam Tam Afrique.

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                                                                                                      1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                        So operated by the same people?

                                                                                                        1. re: BLM

                                                                                                          Unlikely as Nantha Kumar who ran Cash and Curry is Malaysian and specialized in Malaysian food.

                                                                                                          1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                            Sorry, I misinterpreted your comment, when you say 'Cash and Curry is now Tam Tam Afrique.'

                                                                                                            1. re: BLM

                                                                                                              Sorry for not being clearer the first time around.

                                                                                                      2. Nonno's Trattoria at the corner of St-Laurent and Mozart has been closed for a few weeks. It never really seemed to find its focus, between trattoria, café, sports bar. Even becoming a BYOB didn't save it.

                                                                                                        I know some people here will say it is no great loss, but it would be nice to have a good modestly priced trattoria in this neighbourhood.

                                                                                                        Itacate is temporarily closing, but just because they are moving into larger premises right at the corner of St-Dominique and Beaubien. They will be open again in a couple of weeks. www.itacate.ca
                                                                                                        I believe the new address is 51, rue Beaubien E. - check their website.

                                                                                                        1. Bistro Justine on Lajoie street in outremont was closed today and there is a sign in window that says restaurant for sale.

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                                                                                                          Bistro Justine
                                                                                                          1268 Av Van Horne, Outremont, QC H2V1K6, CA

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                                                                                                          1. re: sweettoothMTL

                                                                                                            went to muvbox an afternoon this week for lobster pizza and unit was closed up, dont know if they open up on weekends or closed for season

                                                                                                            1. re: mangoannie

                                                                                                              muvbox was serving food at tall ship festival, said they actually close up the box tomorrow

                                                                                                          2. Rotisserie Italien on Sainte Catherine O is papered over for "renovations."

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                                                                                                            1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                              Well that would certainly be the passing of an era. What a shame.

                                                                                                              Course the last couple of times I've been there was no sign of Giovanni, and I had the distinct impression that the staff were going through the motions.

                                                                                                              Does anybody have any details?

                                                                                                            2. i heard that Kiano a Haitian /Caribbean restaurant located downtown has closed , can anyone confirm that ?

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                                                                                                              1. re: yardie

                                                                                                                Yes, a friend told me that Kiano closed and said he would miss the rotis. I assume there's only one resto Kiano in Mtl that would serve rotis....?

                                                                                                                1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                  premiere moisson on sherbrooke has sign on window on the half where tables were located that javu u opening soon....it would be a pity to lose this location

                                                                                                                    1. re: SourberryLily

                                                                                                                      Sadly, another Haitian place has closed down. Casse Croute Creole on Gouin in the West Island is no more.

                                                                                                              2. probably most of you are aware mount stephen club is closing December 23, they had brunches on Sunday open to public, and are still taking bookings for christmas parties, this is end of an era

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                                                                                                                  1. re: BLM

                                                                                                                    It's not bad. I've only been for the Sunday brunch, which is buffet style, and that was ok. Nothing great, or special, you don't go for the food, but it was good, and there is variety. We went for an 80th birthday, and for those type of occasions, it works great.

                                                                                                                    The old house is nice, if you have a meal there, you get to take the tour.

                                                                                                                1. Was in the mood for a Pho Mien soup and spring roll last night at "Crystal de Saigon No.1" on blvd. St Laurent in Chinatown but it was closed...please oh please tell me that it's only temporary!!!

                                                                                                                  1. Another west island germ closed- little Munich.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: chanmao

                                                                                                                      I thought it has been closed for awhile(the owner has health issue to deal with).

                                                                                                                    2. the breakfast resto in the forum is being replaced by java u; Guido & Angelina in the forum is closed but since no sign maybe it is a temporary closure for renovations.

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                                                                                                                      Guido & Angelina Restaurant
                                                                                                                      690 Rue Sainte-Catherine W, Montreal, QC H3B1B9, CA

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                                                                                                                      1. re: mangoannie

                                                                                                                        If it were a temporary closure for renovations, there would be a sign...considering how large a space it was and how few people were ever there, it's surprising it lasted as long as it did.
                                                                                                                        As for the JavaU, I cannot figure out how the area can support that, and a Tim Horton's, Starbucks, Second Cup and the coffee/pastry place at the front of the Forum. Too many coffee places in a very very small area...

                                                                                                                        1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                                                          "... the coffee/pastry place at the front of the Forum." Do you mean good ol' Pekarna??

                                                                                                                          1. re: Daiya

                                                                                                                            Yes - I can never remember the name!

                                                                                                                        2. re: mangoannie

                                                                                                                          I believe I heard about this on the radio sometime in the last 2 weeks. It seems they are looking to build some kind of a food court there. I don't know how good the information I heard is though.

                                                                                                                          1. re: mangoannie

                                                                                                                            I saw it mentionned on montrealinfo.com that it was closing down, a few days before it's last day... Sounds to me like it's gone for good.

                                                                                                                            http://twitter.com/#!/tweetsmontreal/...

                                                                                                                            1. re: darwiner

                                                                                                                              yeah, the forum obviously has a big plan - the SAQ, guido's, burgers and benedicts, pekarna have all given up their leases. i doubt it's a food court - grocery store for all those incoming condos?

                                                                                                                              1. re: montrealwaitress

                                                                                                                                They're all gone? How about Timmy's? They just opened up there. Pekarna had recently renovated. I'll have to do some investigating this weekend. Hmhmm..

                                                                                                                                1. re: MaiCarInMtl

                                                                                                                                  Drove by there last weekend and Pekarna looked open to me. Same w. Tim Horton's/Stone Cold Creamery.

                                                                                                                                2. re: montrealwaitress

                                                                                                                                  The SAQ is still there, too. And there's an IGA in Alexis Nihon Plaza, so while it wouldn't be a stretch, I would strongly doubt that there's a grocery store moving in to the Forum. If I were working for Metro or Provigo and wanting to open something in the neighborhood, I'd look into the old Canadian Tire/Omer de Serres building catty corner from the Forum.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                                                    There's a Provigo right near the empy Omer de Serres building at duFort.

                                                                                                                                    As for the IGA in Alexis Nihon, a few years ago when they renovated the store was ok but I went there this weekend and wow, definitely want to avoid that place. Their produce and meat sections are quite lacking.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: cherry cherry

                                                                                                                                      The Provigo is very small, even for a Provigo. I wouldn't be surprised if they were looking to move into a bigger space.

                                                                                                                                    2. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                                                      looks like i was misinformed about the Pekarna, but SAQ is definitely leaving, it was in the Gazetter earlier this year. part of the same decision that has them moving out of westmount square and closing the atwater market mini locale.

                                                                                                                                    3. re: montrealwaitress

                                                                                                                                      Oh - that's too bad. Not that Guido and Angelina was good food but it was an easy place to go for a glass of wine and a small bite after a movie. I hope another resto will be part of the plan.

                                                                                                                                3. Le Piton de La Fournaise on Duluth is closed.

                                                                                                                                  1. Someone told me it appears that Il Piatto della Nonna is closed.
                                                                                                                                    Can anyone confirm that please ?

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: Lowrent

                                                                                                                                      It DEFINITELY isn't in its old location, on St-Laurent at Fairmount. Hasn't been there for a couple years. Not sure if it had moved? Just thought it closed - but that was ages and ages ago.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: nikkori

                                                                                                                                        Il Piatto Della Nonna had, at one point, three different locations. As of a few weeks ago the Ontario and Amherst one was still open.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                          Lovely piece by Patrick Lagacé on Cyberpresse about the closing of Il Piatto.

                                                                                                                                          http://www.cyberpresse.ca/chroniqueur...

                                                                                                                                          1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                            Has the Amherst location biten the dust as well now?

                                                                                                                                    2. Hey, anybody know when and why Bocca d'Oro on St. Mathieu closed? (To be replaced by an all-you-can-eat Chinese hotpot fondue, according to the sign)

                                                                                                                                      1. Mommy's fish & chips on Monkland near Hampton has closed and the venue is for rent. That space seems to be ill-fated for restaurants.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                          Wow, they didn't last long. Shorter stay than that grillades place that was there previously. It's weird how stores west of Wilson never do really well.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: TheSnowpea

                                                                                                                                            is it because it's a residential area?

                                                                                                                                            1. re: maj54us

                                                                                                                                              It's a mixed residential-commercial area. It was in the same block as a great Mexican restaurant (Amaranto) and the venerable Gryphon d'or tearoom, which does well. I just think the restaurant in that spot needs to be the right fit for the neighbourhood.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: ios94

                                                                                                                                                  Yes, definitely. Just walked by there yesterday and they were open, with their sandwich board out front.

                                                                                                                                            2. re: TheSnowpea

                                                                                                                                              Could also be because they closed at 7PM, or something like that. I actually wanted to try it, but never could because they close before dinner-time.

                                                                                                                                              Bad strategy.

                                                                                                                                          2. Pushap restaurant on Jean-Talon is no more. I went in yesterday to get some deep fried goodies and it was only sweets. The man told they only have sweets but the whole operation looked like a total free for all. So no more samosa or pakora. On the way out I then noticed that there's no sign for pushap anymore.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: maj54us

                                                                                                                                              Thank you very much for this update!

                                                                                                                                            2. Le Café "La Montée de Lait" closed recently.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                Do you mean the bistro at 5171 Rue Saint-Laurent??

                                                                                                                                                Or was there a separate café?

                                                                                                                                                I hope tha La Montée is not closed!

                                                                                                                                                1. re: OliverB

                                                                                                                                                  I though the restaurant closed months ago? There is a post is this thread on 3rd Sept from darwiner that reports the news, and there is a message on their website.
                                                                                                                                                  http://www.lamonteedelait.com/

                                                                                                                                                  I am guessing Max is now talking about the cafe, that was next to Guillaume, that has also closed?

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: OliverB

                                                                                                                                                    There was a small "café" (coffeehouse) at the old location of the original Bouchonné on Fairmount st.

                                                                                                                                                    It was still open up to about a week ago.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                      This message is up on the website:

                                                                                                                                                      C'est ici que nos chemins se séparent. Merci cent fois pour nous avoir suivi partout; nous avons été nomades, vous êtes restés fidèles. Ce fut un honneur de vous imposer notre amour du métier. Merci pour votre exigence et votre curiosité: elles nous auront permis de ne jamais vous prendre pour acquis. C'est en demeurant nous-mêmes que nous aurons tenté de vous charmer. Aujourd'hui, il est temps de passer à autre chose. Merci mille fois pour toutes les assiettes vides. Gardez le sourire. Bon appétit.

                                                                                                                                                      I had no idea they were closing their doors... sad news. I would've liked to have stopped in one last time. Does anyone know if they plan on opening a new kitchen and concept elsewhere sometime soon?

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: OliverB

                                                                                                                                                        The old chef from montee de lait is moving to the new marting juneau restaurant corner beaubien and st-laurent

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: westaust

                                                                                                                                                          The Italian place; Pastaga (or whatever it's called)-?

                                                                                                                                                          Is Martin done with that Crescent St. resto now?

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: OliverB

                                                                                                                                                            it's not italian :
                                                                                                                                                            «... le nouveau bistro sera d’inspiration française avec une cuisine de brasserie. Le Pastis devrait certainement faire partie du décor à entendre le nom. «Ce ne sera pas du haut de gamme», poursuit le chef. »

                                                                                                                                                            And about Newtown :
                                                                                                                                                            «L’ouverture devrait se faire le 6 décembre, «si tout va bien», conclut Juneau qui continuera à superviser les menus du Newtown.»

                                                                                                                                                            http://voir.ca/gwenaelle-reyt/2011/12...

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                              Or for those who can't read French and aren't aware of Google Translate

                                                                                                                                                              "The new bistro will be French Inspired with a tavern type of menu. Pernod/Ricard drinks will influence the look and style of the restaurant since the name is a play on words based around the type of drink. it's not going to be fancy, said the chef."

                                                                                                                                                              And - "Opening on December 6 (if everything goes well) concluded Juneau, who continues to supervise the menu at Newtown."

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                                                                                  Because google translate is very useful.

                                                                                                                                                                  "... the new French-inspired bistro is a brasserie cuisine. Pastis should certainly be part of the set to hear the name. "It will not be of high quality," says the chef. "

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: OliverB

                                                                                                                                                                The word is confusing for us North-American but PASTAGA is a slang for PASTIS.

                                                                                                                                                    2. Patisserie Harnois on Mont-Royal has gone bankrupt, trustee will be selling the assets next Monday. IMHO it wasn't all bad a place, but more overpriced than real chic.

                                                                                                                                                      1. Not a big loss, but the Belle Province restaurant on Ste-Catherine and Mackay is closed and papered up with for lease signs.

                                                                                                                                                        1. When did Seng Lac Hing restaurant on Poirier street in VSL closed? Also why did it close? Just noticed today(Tuesday) that it's gone.

                                                                                                                                                          1. is Ma's Place in Ndg closed ? i've passed by several times and it is not open . there was a notice in the window saying they were closed until January 9th for the holidays but the sign is gone and they are still not reopened . i have been going to Anancy Restaurant on Somerled for my Jerk Chicken cravings

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: yardie

                                                                                                                                                              i think you meant to put this on the new closing thread, so here it is
                                                                                                                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/825889