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westisbest23 Jun 20, 2011 11:52 AM

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. kpzoo Jun 20, 2011 12:26 PM

    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:

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      Maximilien Jun 20, 2011 12:52 PM

      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
        reelection Jun 20, 2011 01:37 PM

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

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          wilmagrace Jun 20, 2011 06:12 PM

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

        2. re: Maximilien
          wattacetti Jun 21, 2011 06:01 AM

          «« 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
            kpzoo Jun 21, 2011 06:06 AM

            "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
              SnackHappy Jun 21, 2011 06:08 AM

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

              1. re: SnackHappy
                wattacetti Jun 21, 2011 06:52 AM

                Good news; I need some ventrèche for this weekend.

                1. re: SnackHappy
                  RhondaB Jun 21, 2011 08:34 AM

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

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                    SnackHappy Jun 21, 2011 08:42 AM

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

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                      ios94 Jun 21, 2011 09:48 AM

                      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.

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                        hala Jun 21, 2011 11:42 AM

                        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
                  Shattered Jun 22, 2011 02:36 AM

                  *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. prima Jun 20, 2011 06:45 PM

                  If you check the availability on www.opentable.com , 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

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                    randa_h74 Jun 22, 2011 06:11 AM

                    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 :)

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                      lagatta Jun 23, 2011 01:09 PM

                      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
                        kpaxonite Jun 23, 2011 01:18 PM

                        What’s open and closed for the Fête nationale holiday Friday: http://www.montrealgazette.com/busine...

                        (not all that helpful...)

                        1. re: kpaxonite
                          lagatta Jun 23, 2011 01:23 PM

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

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                            Peaches to Poutine Jun 23, 2011 01:28 PM

                            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.

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