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Jun 20, 2011 11:52 AM

Everything closed Friday, June 24?

Being new to Montreal, I am told that Friday is John the Baptist Day in Montreal, a holiday of all things for a saint?(thought nobody attends church anymore in Quebec??) I have first time visitors to Montreal coming on that day!! I know I can call restaurants, but offhand, does anyone know if it's really a holiday that would shut down most things??

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  1. Yes, it's a major statutory holiday that shuts down most businesses. Chinatown restaurants will probably be open but it's best to call anywhere you'd like to go first to avoid disappointment.

    More info:

    1. Don't sweat it, lot of places (restaurants/bars) will be open, it's friday and people will continue going out.

      BTW, it's the "Fête Nationale" not "St-Jean Baptiste"

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      1. re: Maximilien

        Most anglo people call it St-Jean Baptiste...

        1. re: reelection

          I expect most places would be closed but you could call brasserie t which might be open as in festival site
          and perhaps some of the places in old montreal like jardin nelson

        2. re: Maximilien

          «« BTW, it's the "Fête Nationale" not "St-Jean Baptiste" »»

          Only if you want to politicize it.

          Back to the OP's question: SAQ, most businesses closed, so forget shopping. Restaurants open. Think the Atwater and JT Markets are open but have to double-check.

          1. re: wattacetti

            "Think the Atwater and JT Markets are open but have to double-check."

            I think they're open, if it's the same as last year. Can anyone confirm? Couldn't find the info on their site.

            1. re: wattacetti

              Jean-Talon will be open. It only closes for christmas and new year's.

              1. re: SnackHappy

                Good news; I need some ventrèche for this weekend.

                1. re: SnackHappy

                  I thought I saw notices in JTM that it will close at 5:00 on St. Jean Baptiste. Can anyone please confirm?

                  1. re: RhondaB

                    They're probably opening Sunday hours since it's a holiday.

                    1. re: SnackHappy

                      Noticed a sign the other day on St Vincent that they will be closing at 5pm on Friday, so yes as snackhappy said they'll probably run on Sunday hours.

                      1. re: SnackHappy

                        Last time I went to JTM on a public holiday, not all stalls were open.

                        We should remember that a lot of the stalls are run by small farmers and they will probably take a well-deserved day off to celebrate with their families.

                2. re: Maximilien

                  *Everyone* calls it St-Jean Baptiste, as in "Bonne St. Jean!", as all my francophone friends say.

                  Stores will be closed, but most restaurants are open, and bars definitely will be if you can only find pub grub.

                3. If you check the availability on , you'll see that over 100 restaurants in Montreal are open for dinner on the 24th, including several often mentioned/ often recommended restaurants such as Milos, Europea, Ferreira, Toque, DNA and Laloux.

                  1227, rue de la Montagne, Montreal, QC H3G1Z2, CA

                  1. Most businesses & government offices will be closed, but bars and restaurants will be open. No need to worry... the city will be bustling with blue and white flag wavers :)

                    1. I'd like to know whether supermarkets and other food shops will be open. I believe Loblaws is closed (big stores) though I think some of the smaller supermarkets might be open. I've been unable to find this info by googling.

                      One thing definitely closed is the SAQ so if you want wine stock up, or you will be stuck with grocery /dépanneur wine!

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                      1. re: lagatta

                        What’s open and closed for the Fête nationale holiday Friday:

                        (not all that helpful...)

                        1. re: kpaxonite

                          Thanks kpaxonite. I think I found that in the Gazette and La Presse (cyberpresse) but as you say, it is not very helpful.

                          1. re: lagatta

                            I can't speak for IGA, but all the Provigos and Maxis I know have signs on their doors letting you know that they will be closed tomorrow. I'm hitting my local specialty beer store in a few so I can get some good beer in before they close tomorrow, too.