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Feb 5, 2012 10:34 AM

Rumors abound about the sale of Schwartz's

As the kids say it's trending on Twitter as we speak!/Guglielminetti...!/dewolfleloup/s...!/billbrownstein...

The Journal de Montreal article

and the Huff Post article

For those too lazy to click, Rene Angelil and some other guys for apparently $10 million.

I would guess that they first open one in Las Vegas, then in select other cities worldwide.

(and I think I got rid of that pesky typo... apologies


Schwartz's Montreal Hebrew Delicatessen
3895 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC , CA

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  1. Oh good god. Is this the end? Will they turn it into a second Nickel's chain, spotless, fakely cheerful and kids eat for cheap?

    1. Hey Rene, you'll save money by outsourcing the smoked meat. Also increase profits by gangneedling the briskets, cure by pump injection. Get rid of those stupid Cott cans and make a deal with Pepsi - get them to pay you to install fountain drinks. A mechanical slicer would cut 4 jobs. Get Celine to broker a deal with Caesar's - no cover with a 2 drink/1 smoked meat minimum.

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      1. re: porker

        i'm not as pessimistic.old people with money often do benevolent things like build hockey arenas. who would pass up the opportunity to buy an institution.schwartz's does not have name recognition in vegas or anywhere else in the US for that matter.

      2. NOOOOOO!!!!! Say it isn't so!!!!!
        Please, please no....
        The charm is the environment, the attitude, the food...
        At least its a part of a consortium...on the down side, you know these guys will want a big return on their money (what, 10 million?) so expansion and chain development has to be in the works aka Dunns...

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        1. re: freia

          Hope it gets saved in some form and atleast doesnt go the way of Bens and others...

          1. re: mangoannie

            Hasn't Schwartz already been sold a few years? What'S the official name of the restaurant. I think you can find the owners name in the Quebec business registry.

            1. re: maj54us

              No, as far as I know, the rumor is it sold as of Jan 2012...

              1. re: freia

                The official name is, 'Charcuterie Hebraique de Montreal' and the owner listed in the registry is still Hy Diamond. But who knows how quickly that registry gets updated.

                The articles state that it's Angeli's cousin and another guy who is involved in Baton Rouge and Sir Winstons Pub that are part of the deal. It's obvious these people will plan on expansion, so say bye bye to the deli we all know. Hopefully they don't mess around with the original location.

                1. re: ios94

                  Weren't he and Celine behind that nasty Nickel's chain awhile ago (any still business??)? Wasn't their "thing" smoked meat in the first place (I vaguely remember something about getting the second one for... get this... a nickel!) I certainly hope it doesn't go down that route... dry, frozen, overpriced generic entrees galore. *sigh*

        2. I really can't wait to pay $12 for a smoked meat sandwich.

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          1. re: SnackHappy

            Yeah, but the second will be a Nickel.

            1. re: porker

              LOLOLOLOL cant. stop. laughing.

          2. Would be sad if this happened. For 10 million they are almost certainly looking at expansion ideas. I can think of many restaurants where the product took a dive after expansion. It would not suprise me to see outposts appearing at the airport, perhaps the Bell Centre, and malls. Luckily there are other quality smoked meat places to carry on the tradition. Some founded by former employees of Schwartz's.

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              1. re: gerrythegreat

                Nowheres. No point any more as IMHO this was kind of the last bastion of smoked meat purveyed and made as it was "back in the day".
                Sad, sad day.