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Wallach29 Jan 3, 2013 11:29 AM

Mr. Steer will temporarily be closing next week. The next 1.5 months will be used to renovate the place.

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    Moving Stones Feb 3, 2014 10:15 AM

    Good day everyone, I suspect there will be numerous restaurant closings this year in MontreaI dur to the economy, high rents and high municipal taxes, so I am starting a blog to keep track and analyse the reasons for the closures by speaking to the owners after the fact.

    Can you please let me know if you hear anything? Tx Herman

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    1. re: Moving Stones
      SnackHappy Feb 3, 2014 10:30 AM

      Letting you know if we hear anything is not something we can do. This a public forum. We can't send you personal messages or identify you in forum posts.

      If you want to keep up with closings discussed on this board, keep an eye on this thread and the ones that will follow throughout the year: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/927323

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        lagatta Feb 3, 2014 01:14 PM

        Moreover, rents are not particularly high in Montréal as compared with other similar Northeastern North American cities.

        It would be far more productive to speak to the owners while they are still in business and try to find solutions.

        I believe restaurant and other food sector business owners are welcome to post on this site as long as they identify themselves - I remember La Cornetteria doing so, just as a microlocal example.

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          maj54us Feb 3, 2014 04:11 PM

          @ lagatta: does it really matter if there's not enough people to sustain a business when the rent eats most of the profits ? Owner pay taxes and also can't make it if rent is low.

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            lagatta Feb 3, 2014 05:28 PM

            No, it doesn't matter, but the "high rent" claim was rather inaccurate. That's all.

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              hala Feb 3, 2014 05:45 PM

              We all pay taxes. It seems that the OP has a preconceived idea about why places are closing and wants to start a blog about that. It would be far more productive to approach such a project with an open mind and way earlier in the process, as lagatta says.

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                tdiddy23 Feb 3, 2014 06:06 PM

                I'm pretty sure we don't "all pay taxes" this is Quebec after all haha

                Is the economy really expected to be that bad this year?
                I agree That it is not about the rent. There is such a large number of restaurants in Montreal, I think the only solution to be successful is to stand out somehow...

        2. rwarren Oct 11, 2013 08:50 PM

          As per Facebook: Café Mardi Gras closed today. Goodbye, delightful little hush puppies.....

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            naturelle Oct 14, 2013 05:21 AM

            I think Maitre Chocolatier is now closed.

          2. SnackHappy Sep 17, 2013 05:33 PM

            Café Ellefsen in Petite-Patrie has closed and is becoming Beaufort café.

            http://www.beaufortcafe.com

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              lagatta Sep 17, 2013 06:20 PM

              Oh dear, why? Every time I cycled past, Ellefsen was full of people.

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                SnackHappy Sep 17, 2013 08:26 PM

                I have no idea why they closed, but I heard that, for the last year or so, they were pretty much phoning it in and quality and consistency had gone way down. Maybe their hearts just weren't into it anymore.

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                Maximilien Sep 18, 2013 04:36 PM

                That's a shame! it was a nice restaurant.

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                Glaff Sep 9, 2013 05:52 AM

                Looks like Ian Perreault closed his take-out place last August according to: http://www.quartiersgourmands.com/

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                  chicken4800 Sep 9, 2013 09:59 AM

                  Piment Rouge is closed. Big A Louer sign in the window. When did that happen?
                  Anyone know what's happening with Antico Martini on Somerled. Have gone twice this summer and it's closed.

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                    Fintastic Sep 9, 2013 01:52 PM

                    Re: Piment Rouge, check the other openings/closings thread....

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                  Fintastic Sep 3, 2013 08:33 AM

                  Just seven days after opening, the brand new Gras Sel on St. Laurent was gutted by fire last night:
                  http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/F...

                  I cant imagine they will reopen any time soon, if ever..

                  (I see that this was already mentioned in the 2013 Openings thread but I'll leave it here)

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                    williej Sep 3, 2013 09:08 AM

                    One of the partners was on CBC DayBreak today and he said they woudl reopen as soon as they can.

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                    eat2much Sep 3, 2013 08:26 AM

                    Kaizen sushi has closed down.

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                      SnackHappy Sep 3, 2013 03:35 PM

                      Holy crap, what happened?

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                      Shattered Sep 2, 2013 03:32 PM

                      Walked by Taverne Moderne on Duluth today and there's an "A Louer" sign. Only been open since April or May - another owner who didn't do his research into how long it takes to turn a profit in the biz. Too bad, it was nice inside and seemed like a winning concept. I had a feeling it was in trouble though; I'd walk by at 11pm or midnight during the summer and it would already be closed. Huge space, too; the rent must be quite high. Good luck to whomever takes the space.

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                        Glaff Aug 28, 2013 06:27 PM

                        Looks like Le Bienville closed already... after less than 1 year I think?

                        A new place called Lili Co. is taking over https://www.facebook.com/restaurantli...

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                          lagatta Aug 28, 2013 08:03 PM

                          Bistro Bienville is, if I recall, a decades-old Plateau restaurant, though "relaunched" about a year ago.

                          The new place sounds rather too trendy. And I'm not a vegtarian, but why does everywhere have to be so meat-centric?

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                            Glaff Aug 28, 2013 09:46 PM

                            I don't know, but I am and I find it really annoying! Probably our french heritage...

                            Yeah I was talking about the relaunch with that ex-lofteuse Kim Rusk... There was only good reviews, but I think the location is not that good...

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                              lagatta Aug 29, 2013 04:48 AM

                              It seems strange this time of year with so much wonderful produce. I can't stomach so much meat; of course not to mention my friends who really are vegetarian. (I have to deal with a very large chard today, but fortunately once blanched, it cooks down to a managable size, and I can eat some of the tender leaves in a salad...). Even French Saveur has features on vegetarian dishes now.

                              When Bistro Bienville launched decades ago, there simply weren't the number of bistros on the Plateau or anywhere else as there are now. If I recall, it may have been a byow at first, like many of the small restaurants in the area. It is actually very close to Mont-Royal métro, but not very visible, at the corner of two residential streets.

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                          JerkPork Aug 15, 2013 05:40 AM

                          From a few days ago.

                          http://cultmontreal.com/2013/08/broch...

                          Brochette.ca is closed.

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                            lagatta Aug 15, 2013 06:49 AM

                            Is there a mobile defibrillator for Buffalo Bill and the late Brochette.ca? BB smells like a grease pit even walking by - and not in a good way. Brochette seemed utterly creepy when walking past it early in the morning (think I was emerging from Lucien L'Allier métro to work at a conference nearby). It did seem fit for a murder setting...

                            EaterBob, I imagine most of BB's deliveries would be rather late in the evening?

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                            denpanosekai Aug 14, 2013 03:40 PM

                            Buffalo Bill Wings on Ste-Catherine in Westmount (in front of Alexis Nihon Plaza) has closed recently.

                            Is Rosty (3171 St-Jacques, in front of Lionel Groulx metro) closed? Because the buffalo wings website says they're opening a location there. Might be old info, not sure??

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                              williej Aug 14, 2013 04:41 PM

                              I hope not. Rosty was very good and a good price.

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                                chilipepper Aug 14, 2013 07:00 PM

                                I posted elsewhere that Rosty's sign indeed came down and Buffalo Bill's went up.

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                                  williej Aug 14, 2013 07:20 PM

                                  Too bad. The owners of Rosty were Colombian and they made great chicken. Anyone know what happened to them and where they might be now...at another restaurant or did they just buy the franchise for Buffalo Wings?

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                                    denpanosekai Aug 14, 2013 08:50 PM

                                    Sorry I googled and nothing came up. Well my post about Buffalo Bill Wings closing on Ste-Cat still applies.

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                                    lagatta Aug 15, 2013 04:18 AM

                                    I can't understand how Buffalo Bill Wings even stays in business. There is one on Jean-Talon W. just east of the railway viaduct separating "Mile-Ex" (industrial zone at western end of Petite-Patrie and Villeray) from Park-Ex, and I've NEVER seen any customers in there.

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                                      EaterBob Aug 15, 2013 05:33 AM

                                      It's called D-E-L-I-V-E-R-Y.

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                                    chezbassoon Aug 8, 2013 06:59 AM

                                    I noticed two closing this week. The Chez Cora on ave du Parc between Sherbrooke and Milton is closed, not a great loss as Place Milton around the corner gives a much better breakfast.

                                    Also, a little sandwich shop in Old Montreal on St Pierre just north of St Paul, I think it was called 417 Cafe, is closed with paper on the windows saying Cafe FlyJin. Guess it's connected to the restaurant that is next to it. I liked going to that sandwich shop, it was ran by two women, the sandwiches were good and you got two side salads for a very good price. I wonder if they are a victim of the food trucks in the area....

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                                      maj54us Aug 8, 2013 08:50 AM

                                      Cora is not in anymore? Place milton is a tiny place but had a decent breakfast. I know they were up for sale, is new owners ?

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                                        Glaff Aug 8, 2013 09:16 AM

                                        It was called le Café du Port. Use to go there a lot when I worked nearby. But why would it have anything to do with the food trucks?! They've been able to survive all these years in front of Olive et Gourmando and the trucks are at Square Victoria, not close at all to their café.

                                        I would guess they probably simply decided to sell.

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                                          chezbassoon Aug 8, 2013 10:22 AM

                                          There are also three food trucks about four blocks away in Cite de Multimedia and they have huge lineups every day. I was away on vaction while this happened, one of my co-workers told me he ate there about a week and a half ago but didn't notice any signage indicating they were closing.

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                                            eat2much Aug 8, 2013 10:34 AM

                                            I'm pretty sure that the food trucks have no bearing on the closing. More likely is that the lease ended at the end of July and it wasn't worth renewing at a higher amount.

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                                        melani1 Aug 8, 2013 04:51 AM

                                        Just noticed that John 2.0 in St-Henri is closed due to a fire. Their Facebook page confirms the fire. No idea if/when they will reopen.

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                                          causeimhungry Aug 3, 2013 01:57 PM

                                          Kem Coba is closing for an indefinite period. As per their facebook page:

                                          IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to major technical problems, we have been forced to close for an indefinite period. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding.

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                                            JerkPork Aug 3, 2013 02:59 PM

                                            Noooooooooo. WTF

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                                              meagain Aug 3, 2013 03:56 PM

                                              Went last night. Flavours were still great, but it seemed like the hard ice cream was a bit soft. Wonder if that's the technical problem.

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                                                Glaff Aug 8, 2013 07:25 PM

                                                Already reopening tomorrow.

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                                                chicken4800 Jul 24, 2013 09:04 AM

                                                Anyone know if Buffet Oriental on Newman is closed for vacation or closed for good?

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                                                  Ghostquatre Jul 29, 2013 03:52 AM

                                                  oh god that would be a bad loss. It's easily the best affordable chinese buffet in Montreal

                                                2. anachemia Jul 20, 2013 07:06 AM

                                                  Euro-Deli pizza on St. Laurent south of Pine has bitten the dust with no warning. Hand-written sign on their door thanking their customers for 31 great years. :-(

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                                                    Gloriaa Jul 20, 2013 07:48 AM

                                                    I used to love it there but I went back a few months ago and turned around and walked out. The place was dirty and stinky and the food looked disgusting. The love had long gone...

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                                                      Fintastic Jul 20, 2013 09:51 AM

                                                      This is very sad. I won't really miss eating there, but I will miss it being there.

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                                                        Shattered Jul 20, 2013 06:58 PM

                                                        I won't miss it. It's been nasty at least as long as I've been in the hood (6 or so yrs), and it was often disgusting just to walk past. Litterbug loiterers were like moths to a flame on their stoop, which became a urinal/vomitorium past midnight. Hopefully something moves in to compliment the upscale French places nearby.

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                                                          lagatta Jul 21, 2013 05:38 AM

                                                          It was much more pleasant way back when it opened; always very casual but not at all disgusting as it became especially in its last decade.

                                                          The new Burmese restaurant just a bit north of there is one alternative to the more upscale places. Ruby Burma, 3685, Boulevard St Laurent. Just hope there will be a new tenant, and with luck, a local one.

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                                                            Fintastic Jul 21, 2013 02:57 PM

                                                            People sitting on that stoop in the afternoon sun used to be my first omen of summer. I'll miss that the most.

                                                        2. MikeyMadness Jul 17, 2013 11:01 AM

                                                          Not exactly big news, but the Wendy's on Sources Blvd. in D.D.O. has been leveled to the ground. If I remember right, I drove by Monday morning and everything looked normal, and then again this morning, and it is nothing but rubble, with tractors cleaning up. It's fenced in, and a sign says they're renovating.

                                                          Was this planned? Was there a fire? Inquiring minds want to know.

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                                                            catroast Jul 20, 2013 09:47 AM

                                                            i was surprised as well
                                                            too bad, it was one of the last 80s era wendys

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                                                              westaust Jul 23, 2013 08:27 AM

                                                              I wouldn't be surprised they tore it down to build a brand new restaurant with new design lines like the newly opened one in Lasalle

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                                                                MikeyMadness Jul 28, 2013 06:40 PM

                                                                I'm told that's exactly what's happening. I assume the build will start when the construction holiday ends, as they tore it down very quickly.

                                                                Although the building didn't seem too bad, the front terrarium was always cold and frosted up in the winters, and all in all, I guess it did look dated.

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                                                            marblebag Jul 16, 2013 10:35 AM

                                                            I'm told that Olivier Potier left the store on Sherbrooke. Can anyone confirm?

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                                                              williej Jul 16, 2013 10:38 AM

                                                              Yes, that is why the boulangerie/patisserie is now called O Plaisirs Gourmands and not Olivier Potier.
                                                              (Brilliant to find a new name so that the same logo would work!)

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                                                                Fritzy Jul 16, 2013 10:53 AM

                                                                Have the offerings changed with the change of name?

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                                                                Glaff Jul 16, 2013 11:12 AM

                                                                What?! He left his own pastry shop? What happened and where is he going?

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                                                                  Glaff Jul 16, 2013 11:17 AM

                                                                  On this blog from last month (http://foodstyleaholic.com/post/53631...) it's written: "Ô Plaisirs Gourmands (formerly named Olivier Potier - still the same pastry chef)..."

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                                                                    williej Jul 16, 2013 11:32 AM

                                                                    Thanks. I wasn't sure what had happened. As far as I know, Fritzy, nothing has changed.

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                                                                      kpaxonite Jul 16, 2013 11:42 AM

                                                                      The service was actually better the last time I went (after this happened) but it definitely might be coincidence..

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                                                                        Glaff Jul 16, 2013 12:04 PM

                                                                        Not sure it's true though... why they would remove his name?

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                                                                          tdiddy23 Jul 28, 2013 10:44 AM

                                                                          when i was there a few days ago, I asked what happened. the server told me they had "kicked out their pastry chef"

                                                                          the eclair i had was slightly soggy (but still better than most)... hopefully its not a sign of things to come

                                                                          the other items looked exactly the same as before

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                                                                        Glaff Jul 20, 2013 07:39 AM

                                                                        Found my answer on Twitter. He left. And not to open something else, he's now working for Farinex. :(

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                                                                          littlesthobo Aug 23, 2013 03:54 PM

                                                                          Yes I was also told he left. Thanks for the other poster for pointing out farinex. I also felt things were not as good since he left when we tried a few times. I wish he still had at least a site where I can order some bday cake... Even just taken order by email... hint

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                                                                          Maximilien Jul 15, 2013 03:04 PM

                                                                          Lallouz (St-Laurent blvd) is closed!!

                                                                          There are big "A Louer" signs in the windows and all tables stacked...

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                                                                            sweettoothMTL Jul 16, 2013 05:39 AM

                                                                            That's a shame...

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                                                                              uncleMonty Jul 29, 2013 11:35 AM

                                                                              I heard the owner moved to NDG, maybe she'll be opening something there.

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                                                                                depgirl Aug 26, 2013 10:58 AM

                                                                                I hope! Closer to me!

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                                                                              Bernie73 Jul 5, 2013 12:51 PM

                                                                              Restaurant Ginger on des Pins off St-Laurent is closed. A sign says "Closed for repairs", but there was a bankruptcy notice in the newspaper.

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                                                                                Glaff Jul 5, 2013 01:22 PM

                                                                                I heard the one in Villeray is also closed... so yes, probably bankruptcy.

                                                                                Anyway... what kind of restaurant close for a long time for repairs without giving more details to its clients.

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                                                                                  SnackHappy Jul 5, 2013 01:40 PM

                                                                                  Restaurants will say a lot of things instead of just admitting they've gone bust.

                                                                                  Speaking of which, what's going on with Ettinger's or Wings & Things?

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                                                                                    JerkPork Jul 10, 2013 09:41 AM

                                                                                    Weird, the post on Wings & Things' Facebook site mentioning that they were looking to reopen in a new spot is no longer there. Heck I can't even find the post I wrote mentioning this a couple of months back.

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                                                                                      EaterBob Jul 10, 2013 10:04 AM

                                                                                      Here you go with the one from here
                                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8738...

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                                                                                        EaterBob Jul 10, 2013 10:10 AM

                                                                                        And while it does appear that they deleted the original Facebook post about them closing, they forgot about the responses they made to clients here:
                                                                                        https://www.facebook.com/chickenwingsandthings/posts/361705110612815?comment_id=23698314&offset=0&total_comments=1

                                                                                        and here:
                                                                                        https://www.facebook.com/chickenwings...

                                                                                        So we have complete confirmation that you weren't hallucinating.

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                                                                                          JerkPork Jul 10, 2013 12:07 PM

                                                                                          Hallucination is a possibility with me! lol
                                                                                          Thanks for finding the post, I looked in there but probably didn't collapse the replies....duh.

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                                                                                          C70 Jul 10, 2013 02:25 PM

                                                                                          they must have found out how FUN running a restaurant is!

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                                                                                    eat2much Jul 3, 2013 07:02 PM

                                                                                    The brunch place that took over the old Java U location on Monkland has closed after only a month or two.

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                                                                                      catroast Jun 23, 2013 10:07 PM

                                                                                      kiss grill is gone

                                                                                      there's a sign up for some chinese restaurant

                                                                                      that location is doomed.

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                                                                                        marblebag Jul 5, 2013 08:59 AM

                                                                                        Any Asian joint next to Kazu is doomed.

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                                                                                          catroast Jul 5, 2013 10:17 AM

                                                                                          the spot has been many asian restaurants before kazu opened ;)

                                                                                          when it was a sushi restaurant, i got a big ass eel bone in my sashimi

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                                                                                            marblebag Jul 6, 2013 06:44 PM

                                                                                            The place hosts an "authentic chinese cuisine" restaurant. It was empty as I lined up for Kazu and still empty when I walked out. A waitress walked out, looked at the Kazu line and headed back in with a big sigh.

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                                                                                        Bernie73 Jun 23, 2013 10:05 PM

                                                                                        Pizza Tutti Giorni on Mont-Royal was short-lived, there is already an "A louer" sign up in the window (even though the tables and chairs sit intact)

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                                                                                          daviiiiiid Jun 23, 2013 09:27 PM

                                                                                          Don't think anybody really would be looking for this but the Scores Rotisserie on Sherbrooke East past Viau has closed and signs are up for "Dallas BBQ". Looks ugly to say the least.

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                                                                                            Bernie73 Jun 22, 2013 04:41 PM

                                                                                            Les Cavistes have closed their St-Denis location, confirmed on website and "A louer" sign in the window.

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                                                                                              EaterBob Jun 22, 2013 03:10 PM

                                                                                              Cosmos will not open on tomorrow.

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                                                                                                C70 Jun 22, 2013 03:21 PM

                                                                                                unbelievably sad news.

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                                                                                                  kpaxonite Jun 23, 2013 12:32 PM

                                                                                                  Apparently his other son has it open today...

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                                                                                                    EaterBob Jun 23, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                                                    My mistake. I'm not quite certain what to think...

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                                                                                                  Glaff Jun 18, 2013 08:28 PM

                                                                                                  Café Méliès closed last week.

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                                                                                                    chilipepper Jun 15, 2013 05:14 PM

                                                                                                    That Teppanyaki joint on Ste Catherine (next to Seoul Chako) appears to have bitten the dust.

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                                                                                                      denpanosekai Aug 14, 2013 08:52 PM

                                                                                                      Did not surprise me. What a bizarre concept.

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                                                                                                      MmeCarre Jun 15, 2013 04:22 AM

                                                                                                      Checkpoint Charlie (reincarnated in 2012 on St. Laurent) is closed. A sign for a hair salon is up now. They never got their alcohol permit, I think it was blocked by the RACJ because of zoning. I'll miss the mushroom stuffed schnitzel sandwiches and the super friendly owners :(

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                                                                                                        lagatta Jun 15, 2013 05:06 AM

                                                                                                        That is ridiculous, for a German-themed restaurant not to be able to serve beer! Some of the zoning problems just don't make sense. I certainly understand and agree that a street of noisy bars is a disagreeable environment for residents, but Charlie was never that kind of place.

                                                                                                        There are so many hair salons now.

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                                                                                                          Shattered Jun 15, 2013 08:34 AM

                                                                                                          Wow, that sucks. My German friend said it was great and I never got a chance to try it.

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                                                                                                            PhilTG84 Jun 15, 2013 10:45 AM

                                                                                                            I ate there about a year ago when it was first open after reading about it on AskMen. Anyhow, the owner told us that the pizza joint next door had a license, but that they couldn't get one. He said even then that he absolutely needed to get one and was fairly certain that it was going to happen-- the thing is, St. Laurent is a street full of bars, clubs and University students buying 40s at the 4 Freres down the street. What was their problem? Such a joke.

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                                                                                                              SnackHappy Jun 15, 2013 02:18 PM

                                                                                                              Getting a restaurant liquor license, even in the Plateau with its particular zoning bylaws, shouldn't be that hard. It's not like they were trying to open a bar. Perhaps there were other factors involved.

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                                                                                                                westaust Jun 16, 2013 01:03 AM

                                                                                                                not in the plateau, but in st-henri, as soon as you apply for a bar licence you get turn down, especially on notre-dame where your only option is to by an an existing bar and renovate it! no more licences are given for bars on notre-dame in sud-ouest

                                                                                                          2. SnackHappy Jun 9, 2013 07:56 PM

                                                                                                            Looks like Cava on Park has closed. I tried making a reservation there and OpenTable wasn't working, so I called and a pre-recorded message said they were now Cava by Milos and available for events.

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                                                                                                              Fintastic Jun 9, 2013 08:01 PM

                                                                                                              I've been wondering about what happened to Cava. It looked closed for much of the last year, but then for the last month it looked like it was somewhat open (tables set, etc.). Seems like an expensive space for private Milos parties.. if that's what's implied..

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                                                                                                                lagatta Jun 9, 2013 08:08 PM

                                                                                                                Sounds like un échec to me. There have been so many problems on Parc, especially towards Bernard. Odd, as the area around there on both sides (Outremont and Mile-End) is certainly not decrepit.

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                                                                                                              Glaff Jun 5, 2013 06:33 AM

                                                                                                              Projet 67 already closed?! https://twitter.com/lesleychestrman/s...

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                                                                                                                wattacetti Jun 5, 2013 06:51 AM

                                                                                                                Very sad news. I was there a week ago and did have a nice time albeit in a mostly empty room.

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                                                                                                                  catroast Jun 5, 2013 06:59 AM

                                                                                                                  for years i have associated that space with bad dates and unhappy marriages since there are usually 3 or 4 miserable looking couples in the window every saturday night.

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                                                                                                                  SnackHappy Jun 5, 2013 07:40 AM

                                                                                                                  Someone on that thread hinted that Martin Juneau will be taking over the space at the end of the month. Perhaps a place dedicated to upscale Angus Third-Pounders.

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                                                                                                                    wattacetti Jun 5, 2013 08:04 AM

                                                                                                                    Nothing against Juneau, but the prospect of yet another burger place leaves me cold.

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                                                                                                                      SnackHappy Jun 5, 2013 09:13 AM

                                                                                                                      It's most likely not going to be a burger place. That was just a dig about his doing an ad for McDonald's.

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                                                                                                                        wattacetti Jun 5, 2013 09:27 AM

                                                                                                                        Ah, what I get for not watching television in the traditional sense.

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                                                                                                                    Fintastic Jun 5, 2013 09:50 AM

                                                                                                                    Lesley is even overestimating in her calculation. As I recall it opened Nov. 30th, making it just 6 months old last week. Its amazing that they pulled the plug so quickly.. They didn't even make it into tourist season..

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                                                                                                                      Maximilien Jun 5, 2013 09:54 AM

                                                                                                                      unfortunate, but not unexpected.

                                                                                                                      Food was ok, but changing the "country" specific menu once every 3 months is not enough, especially when starting with France; not exotic enough for a startup.

                                                                                                                      M.

                                                                                                                    2. SnackHappy May 28, 2013 07:07 AM

                                                                                                                      Le Commensal has closed three stores and is filing for bankruptcy protection. I can't say I'm too surprised. They shot themselves in the foot with the whole "flexitarian" thing.

                                                                                                                      http://www.quebechebdo.com/Economie/A...

                                                                                                                      Also, I didn't see it posted anywhere, but Zitto e Mangia on St-Zotique has been closed for at least a few weeks.

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                                                                                                                        lagatta May 28, 2013 11:23 AM

                                                                                                                        Not really surprised about Le Commensal; their buffet was getting very "tired" as well.

                                                                                                                        Sorry to hear about Zitto e Mangia. The food was uneven (the Central American items were better than the Italian) but it was a lovely space across from Parc de la Petite-Italie; I didn't notice many events such as book launches there, which would have been a strong suit for it.

                                                                                                                        Hope someone takes it over; there are a lot of closed restaurants around here right now, starting with Casa Napoli. And the large Vietnamese restaurant, Lan, at the corner of St-Laurent and St-Zotique, has been closed for quite a while.

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                                                                                                                        JerkPork May 24, 2013 05:25 AM

                                                                                                                        According to Chesterman's Twitter feed;

                                                                                                                        The original Mtl wine bar, BU, closes on 25/05. However BU Nights will be held at La Dispensa (361 Bernard W.) 3X a week (T-F-S) as of 6/06

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                                                                                                                          JohnnyGe May 23, 2013 06:17 PM

                                                                                                                          As noted in another post, Casa Napoli on St. Laurent in Little Italy is done.

                                                                                                                          1. rwarren May 20, 2013 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                            Two closings to pass along:

                                                                                                                            1) Bayou Brasil on St. Denis. Saw the A Louer signs a couple of weeks ago. :(

                                                                                                                            2) Mon Marché supermarket and dinky meal counter, next to the Honoré Beaugrand metro. Mom noticed this one yesterday, but could not read the extra-small print on the door sign. gotta find super-cheap flour and sugar elsewhere for now.

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                                                                                                                              eat2much May 20, 2013 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                              Moozoo on De La Commune is papered up and their Monkland location shows no signs of life.

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                                                                                                                                chilipepper May 11, 2013 12:19 PM

                                                                                                                                Sans Menu in St. Henri all papered up and For Rent sign in window.

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                                                                                                                                  MikeyMadness Jul 7, 2013 11:43 PM

                                                                                                                                  Very sad to hear this; I loved this little place.

                                                                                                                                2. RhondaB May 11, 2013 10:56 AM

                                                                                                                                  The Kam Fung on Sources is officially gone, sign and all.

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                                                                                                                                    chilipepper May 10, 2013 06:41 PM

                                                                                                                                    Anybody know about the Idee Magique hot pot place on St. Mathieu (and where Golden Stone was supposed to have moved to)? It looked dark and locked up tighter than a drum tonight.

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                                                                                                                                      tartar_mtl May 3, 2013 02:26 PM

                                                                                                                                      Yokoso Sushi on Mont-Royal closed last weekend.

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                                                                                                                                        stak May 3, 2013 11:35 AM

                                                                                                                                        Esprithé on Laurier is papered up, no signs posted. Too bad, I got some nice Christophe Morel macarons there recently, and I liked their tea. Strangely, their website doesn't seem to say anything about the shop being closed.

                                                                                                                                        1. SnackHappy May 3, 2013 07:38 AM

                                                                                                                                          Crap. Lesley Chesterman just announced on Radio-Canada that Mas Cuisine is closing.

                                                                                                                                          Nothing yet on their respective twitter accounts.

                                                                                                                                          https://twitter.com/MAS_Cuisine
                                                                                                                                          https://twitter.com/lesleychestrman

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                                                                                                                                            westaust May 3, 2013 08:08 AM

                                                                                                                                            Just posted on twitter a minute ago, May 18th is last service at Mas Cuisine

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                                                                                                                                              Fintastic May 4, 2013 10:53 AM

                                                                                                                                              Uuuuuggghhhh...

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                                                                                                                                                williej May 4, 2013 01:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                Anyone know the reason Mas is closing? Financial? Needing a break? Rent going up:?

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                                                                                                                                                  Glaff May 4, 2013 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I would say Verdun...

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                                                                                                                                                    williej May 4, 2013 08:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                    What does that mean? The rent or the location? I find Verdun very accessible and I imagine the rent is good. And Verdun has a lot of good restaurants now.

                                                                                                                                          2. SnackHappy May 2, 2013 08:42 PM

                                                                                                                                            Can anyone confirm or deny the closing of Influences on Van Horne where La Chèvre used to be?

                                                                                                                                            I've been going by there and seeing no signs of life, but I'm never there during peak dinner hours. One thing Iv'e noticed is that they are still advertising their Easter special in their window.

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                                                                                                                                              catroast May 3, 2013 05:16 AM

                                                                                                                                              i thought they closed months ago until they put up that depanneur style neon ouvert sign from costco.

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                                                                                                                                                jaco44 May 6, 2013 11:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                Just received a post on Facebook about it. The owners thanking their clients and hoping to see them soon but nothing about an other restaurant.

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                                                                                                                                                EaterBob Apr 20, 2013 07:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                Apparently it has become pandemic... http://affaires.lapresse.ca/economie/...

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                                                                                                                                                  Glaff Apr 20, 2013 08:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Funny cause at the same time I've never seen so much openings lately... And except for L'eau à la bouche, was there any good restaurant in that list? How shocking, people don't want to pay for bad food anymore...

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                                                                                                                                                    catroast Apr 20, 2013 08:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                    is this really any different from any other year?

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                                                                                                                                                      EaterBob Apr 20, 2013 09:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Decide for yourself, the previous restaurant closing threads going back six years.

                                                                                                                                                      2012 - 238 replies
                                                                                                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/825889
                                                                                                                                                      2011 - 188 replies
                                                                                                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/755927
                                                                                                                                                      2010 - 176 replies
                                                                                                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/678649
                                                                                                                                                      2009 - 128 replies
                                                                                                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/584458
                                                                                                                                                      2008 - 178 replies
                                                                                                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/476309
                                                                                                                                                      2007 - 146 replies
                                                                                                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/383710

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                                                                                                                                                        Ghostquatre Apr 20, 2013 09:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                        I'm not saying that a higher rate and/or that more restaurants are not closing, but you can't use total replies as an indicator of closing. It could just mean that this message board gets more traffic and more people are talking.

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                                                                                                                                                          Glaff Apr 20, 2013 01:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Yeah it doesn't mean anything... in 2012 there was 20 replies under "Java U on Monkland closing" for example. Not an indication.

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                                                                                                                                                            Shattered Apr 20, 2013 08:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                            I can't be bothered to link them, but a quick search of "openings" over 5 years shows more posts each year, with a large jump last year: 556 > 372 in 2011. This year is on pace to roughly double that.

                                                                                                                                                            IOW, more posters &/or long discussions, as Ghostquatre & Glaff said.

                                                                                                                                                            (Besides, common sense suggests more closings took place '08-10. The article seems way off.)

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                                                                                                                                                        Maximilien Apr 20, 2013 09:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                        When Anise closed a couple of years ago, the same kind of article popped up in newspapers...

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                                                                                                                                                        Glaff Apr 16, 2013 08:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Laurier BBQ is finally closing today...

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                                                                                                                                                          catroast Apr 16, 2013 08:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                          ah that's too bad, but i was not impressed on my 2 visits.

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                                                                                                                                                            lagatta Apr 16, 2013 08:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                            That was predictable. But I hope the building can be repurposed - major place on the Outremont part of Laurier.

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                                                                                                                                                              Maximilien Apr 16, 2013 08:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                              WOW!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                Peaches to Poutine Apr 16, 2013 08:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                WHOA

                                                                                                                                                                I did not see that coming.

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                                                                                                                                                                  SourberryLily Apr 16, 2013 08:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  I am not surprised either, except i thought it would've lasted one more year.

                                                                                                                                                                  Too much drama, too much hype and dissapointment, too much bad press.

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                                                                                                                                                                  jaco44 Apr 16, 2013 09:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  When i think i waited outside for an hour toi have BBQ chicken...Nice place and the food was good but ut did not match all the hype!

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                                                                                                                                                                    Apple IIGS Apr 16, 2013 03:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    I'm unclear. Is this a permanent closing, or are they revamping again?

                                                                                                                                                                    CTV News just mentioned they were "closing down once again". The video footage shot today shows the windows papered up with a sign saying "bientôt" (as in re-opening soon?). Anyone know what the situation is?

                                                                                                                                                                    Wouldn't surprise me if this is the end. I predicted the restaurant would go under last year, as soon as I heard the Ramsey thing fell through.

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                                                                                                                                                                      Glaff Apr 16, 2013 04:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Heard it's reopening as a new restaurant, by new owner.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Apple IIGS Apr 17, 2013 02:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        CJAD reported they spoke with one of the staff over the phone, who in turn said it did not seem likely the restaurant will be reopening.

                                                                                                                                                                        Probably best that way, I don't see a fourth incarnation saving the restaurant at this point.

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                                                                                                                                                                      SnackHappy Apr 16, 2013 04:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      The place is now owned by the Nakis family. I wonder if they'll re-open as Bistro Schwartz by Céline Dion.

                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.lesaffaires.com/secteurs-d...

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                                                                                                                                                                        Stayfunny May 8, 2013 11:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Well last week I went there to meet friends and saw the place was closed. The website was still up and no mention of it closing soon. I was pissed but luckily the rest of the evening was better....

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                                                                                                                                                                        Maximilien Apr 11, 2013 03:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        L'Eau A La Bouche filed for bankruptcy and is not closed.

                                                                                                                                                                        I'm half surprised about that; the food was good, but not extraordinary; not worth driving 1 hour for it and the hotel was still liviing in the '80.

                                                                                                                                                                        But I'm sad for Anne Desjardins; one of the few top female chef in the province.

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                                                                                                                                                                          lagatta Apr 11, 2013 05:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Marie-Claude Lortie said pretty much the same on the Radio-Canada morning show today.

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                                                                                                                                                                            jaco44 Apr 11, 2013 05:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            And she wrote an article in Lapresse a few month ago. She was not impressed at all and mention that the prices were to high for what it was.

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                                                                                                                                                                          catroast Apr 10, 2013 01:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          just noticed that avalanche on crescent is closed

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                                                                                                                                                                            Shattered Apr 11, 2013 04:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Check their last three wall posts...
                                                                                                                                                                            https://www.facebook.com/LAvalancheDo...

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                                                                                                                                                                              catroast Apr 11, 2013 06:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              did you see how filthy their stove and counter tops were in their video

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                                                                                                                                                                                EaterBob Apr 11, 2013 02:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                That's kind of what things look like after a ceiling caves in due to flooding...

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                                                                                                                                                                                  catroast Apr 11, 2013 03:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  no there is all kinds of disgusting crud all over the stove that is in no way ceiling debris.

                                                                                                                                                                                  i walked by today and there's a louer sign, so it's probably gone for good.

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                                                                                                                                                                            thegluttonousstudent Apr 10, 2013 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            I've noticed Cactus near Concordia closed. It was sad, one of my favourite Bubble Tea places in the area.

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                                                                                                                                                                              jaco44 Apr 10, 2013 01:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Cactus on St. Denis?

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                                                                                                                                                                                SnackHappy Apr 10, 2013 01:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Cactus the Chinese place on Mackay. I think it's been closed for a while.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  jaco44 Apr 10, 2013 01:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks

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                                                                                                                                                                                    catroast Apr 10, 2013 01:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    it's replaced by another similar restaurant, isn't it?

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                                                                                                                                                                                      janetmweiss Apr 10, 2013 04:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Aw man. Sad to hear about that. Do you know the name of the replacement?

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                                                                                                                                                                                        denpanosekai Aug 14, 2013 08:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Just noticed your post. It's now "Mei".

                                                                                                                                                                                        http://cultmontreal.com/2013/07/montr...

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                                                                                                                                                                                eat2much Apr 3, 2013 08:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Aix Cuisine du Terroir has ceased operations at the Hotle Place'd'Armes and will be replaced by a "Japanese Tavern-style" restaurant at the end of the month.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Walking on Parc today I noticed that Araucaria and Noir D'Ébène have closed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    sweettoothMTL Apr 2, 2013 06:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Araucaria? That's too bad. I hope Ta chido next do hold. In fact, Ta Chido likely did not help Araucaria's business.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      SnackHappy Apr 2, 2013 07:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Bah, I think they didn't help themselves much. The place seemed completely disorganized. Food was ok, but service was awful.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        JerkPork Apr 2, 2013 07:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Ta Chido is really good and always crowded the few times I've been there, love their tortas.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      sweettoothMTL Mar 28, 2013 11:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      La Maison du Cheddar, on Van Horne is closing (very soon, they are currently running a going out of business sale). Outside of the food, some machines available as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        daviiiiiid Jun 23, 2013 09:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Old comment but it is now a "catering" business.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        eat2much Mar 19, 2013 08:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        According to the conservus infolettre: Restaurant Douze Vingt-et-un, located on René-Lévesque Boulevard West, will close down on April 30. Rumour has it that a brasserie-style restaurant from the Toronto chain Bier Markt will take over the space.".

                                                                                                                                                                                        I have been to Bier Markt a number of times and would love to see one in YUL.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Maximilien Mar 14, 2013 06:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Café Sardine will stop doing dinner at the end of the month.

                                                                                                                                                                                          They have "other projects" in store.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. SnackHappy Mar 13, 2013 11:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            I've been given the sad news that Balkan Foods on St-Hubert is closed. Now, I don't know where to get my ajvar.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              lagatta Mar 14, 2013 03:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, I forgot to mention that unfortunate news. Moreover, they had quite a few other things not carried by Balkani at JTM.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                EaterBob Mar 14, 2013 06:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                That is very sad news.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                hungryann Mar 17, 2013 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                I saw ajvar by Cera brand at the Maxi on Marcel Laurin.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  SnackHappy Mar 17, 2013 08:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cera brand? Do you mean Cedar? Cedar brand is very easy to find, but it's nothing the handmade stuff from the Balkans which is not that easy to come by.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    hungryann Mar 18, 2013 05:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    No, not Cedar. I misspelled it, it's actually Sera there is a mild and hot one.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Here is a link:
                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.amazon.com/Sera-Ajvar-¼se...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    depgirl Aug 26, 2013 11:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    If I remember correctly, Marche Adonis downtown has ajvar.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      SnackHappy Aug 26, 2013 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The ajvar at Adonis is not the same stuff that was sold at Balkan Foods. It's industrial ajvar from Turkey or Bulgaria, which has little to do with the "handmade" stuff from Serbia, Bosnia or Macedonia.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fintastic Mar 13, 2013 04:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm not sure if anyone ever went, but Croissanterie Linda on St. Catherine at St. Marc has been for lease for several weeks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    C70 Mar 19, 2013 09:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    awww! I hope that sweet old man enjoys his retirement.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fintastic Mar 19, 2013 10:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I feel the same way - even though (or maybe because) I almost never went in I have an aching guilt about whats happened to him.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    alinemramos Mar 8, 2013 10:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Five Guys in the Village (921 Ste. Catherine Est) has recently closed. Not surprising, since they seemed to serve bad, overpriced burgers, and there are plenty of better, cheaper places in the area (Resto du Village, Comptoir 21 etc.).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      SourberryLily Mar 9, 2013 07:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      How long did they last btw?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        alinemramos Mar 9, 2013 08:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Not even a year. I think they opened in May 2012.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        marblebag Mar 12, 2013 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Keyword is "cheaper"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Shattered Mar 12, 2013 06:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's quite close to the Five Guys on Ste Catherine O, relative to how much of the city is still open territory. It's a no-brainer which one would get more traffic, if only one could survive.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            PhilTG84 Mar 17, 2013 02:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Too many other options in that area for decent food. Five Guys is just too expensive for what it is-- it's effectively a high-end McDonalds. Well, if you want a burger there are a dozen joints on the street where you can have one, and if you want one cheap, there are those, too. Just not enough of a hungry crowd looking to scarf in between shopping. Ste. Cat's should be fine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          alinemramos Mar 3, 2013 07:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Au P'tit Maroc (Garnier at Mont-Royal) has closed. Their Facebook page says they're looking for a new location and should re-open soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            lagatta Mar 3, 2013 11:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            La Recoleta, Italian-Argentine restaurant on St-Laurent, just a bit north of St-Zotique, in Petite-Italie, is closed. Web site says "closed for the time being", but the premises are for rent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just across the street, Lan (Vietnamese) is also papered over, but no sign.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Apple IIGS Mar 1, 2013 10:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Carmine's Tuscany Grill, on Cote-Saint-Luc road in CSL/NDG, has gone out of business and permanently closed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Drove by tonight for a meal and was surprised to find the windows were covered with paper and graffiti sprayed on the outside of the building. A sign on the door says they are closed as of Feb 3, 2013 and thanked patrons for all their years of business. There goes another Montreal restaurant favorite. :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                              There's another location on the South Shore, but as far as I know, that's the only one left!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                chicken4800 Feb 25, 2013 07:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anyone know what happened to Mah Jong on Decarie? Looks like it's a pizza place!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  chezbassoon Feb 23, 2013 02:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Patisserie Belge on ave du Parc closed this week. A big loss for the neighborhood. I've been going there since 1979 when I moved in across the street. Don't know about the Laurier Street branch or the baguette and croissant business at the ave du Parc building.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Maximilien Feb 23, 2013 05:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Laurier st. Branch closed a couple years ago.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      marblebag Feb 25, 2013 07:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Stale viennoiseries and patisseries, overpriced charcuterie, and service from the 30s, the only thing left worthwhile were the baguettes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        catroast Feb 25, 2013 07:43 AM

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      stak Feb 21, 2013 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I noticed two recent-ish closings on the Main: La Diabla and Choco maca mousse (I think that was the name; just up from Barfly). Sad because both seemed to be run by people with a lot of passion and a good product, by the sounds of it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Glaff Feb 21, 2013 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh... sad for La Diabla. I really liked the place, but at the same time, I really don't know how they could have lasted longer by only selling their jams and mole (and a few other things of course). It was really too specific to be viable. I hope they keep doing their products and sell them in fine food stores around town instead... That's what they should have done at first...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          unlaced Feb 21, 2013 02:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I wonder if they are still going but just selling via different outlets? I purchased some of their products from one of the stores at the Jean Talon markets recently (as they were doing a tasting stand within the store) and was looking forward to buying more - I hope they haven't completely disappeared!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Glaff Feb 21, 2013 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh yeah? Which store?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am not sure of the name, it is a relatively new store, basically right outside one of the ends of the indoor part (the end which has Sushi Shop, not the end with El Rey de Taco). It is a bit of everything - they have gourmet products, a meat counter at the back... and delicious beer braised ham off the bone, which they sell by weight!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Glaff Feb 21, 2013 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                La Grange du Marché. Just found La Diabla Facebook page and there's this message :

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                To all our customers and friends,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We want to let you know that LA DIABLA™ is closing and we're on sale. 20% discount on all our products!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We want to thank you for these wonderful two years and to remind you that LA DIABLA™ will continue to distribute its products in several places like LA GRANGE DU MARCHÉ at Jean-Talon Market and LA BOÎTE GOURMANDE on Laurier street.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Soon we will let you know about the new places where to find our products and about our new projects and activities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hope to see you soon to say goodbye in person!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                K&R

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  stak Feb 21, 2013 06:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  oh! Good to know. Thanks

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Daiya Mar 3, 2013 11:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I went by La Diabla to get my mole and salsa for a quick Mexican supper to find them closed. So unfortunate! I wish them the best with their local distribution and will look for their stuff at Jean-Talon market. Their homemade products and flavours are so unique and special (this is coming from someone who cooks most things from scratch). It's a good excuse for me to try La Boite Gourmande since I've never been.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fintastic Feb 14, 2013 09:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Proving that antique stores aren't the only victims, even the pioneers of Griffintown gentrification are starting to disappear. Restaurant Jane is papered up with a for rent sign in the window. Maybe this was already posted..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            westaust Feb 14, 2013 10:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Since after the holidays, there was a sign that said: closed for renovations. Guess the renovations were a closure in disguise

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fintastic Feb 14, 2013 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I didn't look too closely so I could be wrong, but it's a bit odd to spend months renovating a restaurant that's only a year or two old.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                westaust Feb 14, 2013 11:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I saw the big A Louer sign this morning as well, written in small under the phone number was: Restaurant Complet, so indeed they are closed

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  foodie8 Feb 14, 2013 01:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That's too bad, I liked the vibe there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    cherylmtl Feb 21, 2013 08:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This isn't surprising. Once the chef left for Le Gros Jambon (and apparently took some of his pizza recipes with him), the prices went up, the portions went down, and it just wasn't that good. If I'm paying $20 for a pizza, it had better be worth it, and the last time I went, it wasn't even close. I used to go regularly, and if I haven't been there for months, I'm sure others were likewise looking elsewhere for their pizza fix.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Glaff Feb 6, 2013 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Looks like Estia on Mont-Royal and Murphy on Bernard are closed. Both opened last summer...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Maximilien Feb 6, 2013 10:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wow, Le Murphy ???!??

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                SnackHappy Feb 6, 2013 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Every time I went by there, there were only a couple of tables occupied.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  catroast Feb 6, 2013 10:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I am not surprised by the closing of Le Murphy whatsoever. I felt bad for them whenever I passed by because of how empty they were in relation to the next block over. Unfortunately their renovations kind of sucked and the menu wasn't that different from Le Moulerie. Also they pretty much closed for the entire summer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              urbandude Jan 22, 2013 12:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              On Prince-arthur add Mazurka, Pasta Mia, EVa, and East India. I know Les Deux Gamins has been busier than it's ever been. Le Square is doing ok too. Not sure about the others on PA.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                maj54us Jan 22, 2013 07:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I wonder why is prince arthur a nomansland. Could it be that all those tourist trap greek restaurants in the 80's killed it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Could be such a lovely street. With some remodeling could it be made into a bourbon street kind of atmosphere.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Let's hope that Rubs smoke house do well and master their techniques at smoking and start a wave of revitalizing that street.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sweettoothMTL Jan 23, 2013 06:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've always said the same, very nice, pedestrian street, room for outdoor seating, leading to the parc. All it needs is some good restaurants & place for a drink...anothert example of Montreal underusing it's ressources

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    SourberryLily Feb 8, 2013 09:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Naive question but: how would Montreal turn that around? Isn't it the private owner of the building who decides who he sells it to or rents it to? When you accept a tenant, how do you know the food will be good?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I know some neighbourhoods can empose laws against chains or esthetic facades, but do they get a veto over who can set up shop where?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      westaust Feb 8, 2013 11:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I believe the street needs to be refurbished, new pavement, new urban furnitures and lighting... and that is something the city/borrough can do and would give this street a second life.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Then it would be more welcoming to new restaurants, and especially a new type of restaurants (less cheap greek byob)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Maximilien Feb 8, 2013 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The street also need new buildings, seems there are a lot of burned down places ( 2, 3 ?)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and is the (new-ish)BBQ place closed for good ?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Shattered Feb 9, 2013 07:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Re: BBQ place, Rubs: they had a flooding, will reopen end Feb.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Man, I was worried. That place looks pretty busy whenever I go by. If it was a goner, the street would be in real trouble.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          catroast nailed it, imo. Being pedestrian-only is good only during the high months of summer, the rest of the time its dead.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Maximilien Feb 9, 2013 08:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But, but, we of the northern climate should find ways to make the cold winter nights fun and bearable, terrasses with blankets serving hot drinks and fun food, ...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There should be a way to make the street viable all year long.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Shattered Feb 9, 2013 03:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I agree. I think the place beside Cafe Campus, lately Pasta Mia, did okay when it was a restaurant-bar until a few years ago. An upscale pub or sports bar would do well there I think, especially the latter. It's got a alot of wall & window space for bigscreens, and a floor layout for different games on at once, and Champs is the only place filling that niche in the area..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                lagatta Feb 9, 2013 04:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A wee bit of protest - nothing against upscale places that lift Montréal's choices and gastronomical profile, but a lot of us simply can't afford such expensive places, and do want to go out from time to time with friends. A decent byow fills an important niche. Too bad far too many of those have become factories, but there is room for simple, decent food that isn't mass-produced.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SnackHappy Feb 9, 2013 05:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes, but there's no market for the places that were on Prince-Arthur or Duluth anymore. Those restaurants were frequented mostly by suburbanites. Today, those people stay in their suburbs where there is now an offer perfectly serviceable cheap, generic, and often chain, BYOBs. Times change as do consumer habits. Neighbourhoods have their ups and downs. Think about what Saint-Laurent in Mile-End was like 25 years ago – A dead zone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The restauranteurs on Prince-Arthur were complacent and did not evolve with the world around them. Construction didn't help, but other nearby sectors with a more diverse commercial offer did much better. Prince-Arthur just let itself die. Now it'll probably be a dead zone for a while until somebody comes along and "discovers" it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    lagatta Feb 9, 2013 05:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, that is true. Saint-Laurent in the Mile-End underwent a brief flash of "up" way back when - was it in the 1980s? with some glittery, pretentious places that were very successful for a short period, then ... died. Leaving empty storefronts. What was the name of that huge café selling an array of magazines from the world over (and the espresso was crap). Can you remember the name of that "destination"? Perhaps you are younger than I am.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I do shudder to think of people driving to BYOBs, but to be perfectly selfish, just as well they are off-island.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The gaudy pretentious places that swarmed between Sherbrooke and Prince-Arthur are also not nearly as in-your-face now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I really don't have a magical solution. But it can't always be places too expensive for most people to afford.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SnackHappy Feb 9, 2013 05:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "What was the name of that huge café selling an array of magazines[...]?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That was Le Lux. I am barely old enough to remember the place. Back in the day, it wasn't so bad. It was a nice place to go to for a late bite. Their fries were pretty good as was their paté chinois. It was all pretty pretentious and expensive, though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Shattered Feb 9, 2013 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Good point. A properly marketed byob should do very well with all the students and other young people in the area.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        lagatta Feb 9, 2013 07:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And some of us old hippie-artist types as well!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mind you, nothing against development of more upscale dining.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I was having a "senior moment" (though not quite a senior). Couldn't remember the name of Le Lux, though I was keenly revisiting all its angles, with the great plunge from the media kiosks to the floor. I get the impression that most of the new - and successful - restaurants, boulangeries etc thereabouts tend to be rather small.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          SourberryLily Feb 11, 2013 06:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I still love a good BYOB. They do exist and a good deal for people who can't afford 100$ dinner outings. I am one of them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Prince Arthur's location is prime: a pedestrian street flanked by a park and Saint-Laurent. I think it's time will come again, but at the moment it would benefit from a mass-restaurant closing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            lagatta Feb 11, 2013 07:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And it is also just steps from a métro station.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              catroast Feb 11, 2013 07:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              From Rene Lesveques and up, there is very little commerce and foot traffic on nearly every street connecting St-Laurent and St-Denis. Prince Arthur is good on paper but there are many routes to the metro and the park. If anything, they increase connectivity to Prince Arthur, which unfortunately has few draws itself.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                lagatta Feb 11, 2013 08:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Obviously you are not including Mont-Royal, or even Laurier. To say nothing of Beaubien and Jean-Talon to the north.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Duluth and Rachel do have a fair bit of local commerce and foot traffic, and Rachel has the bicycle lane.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Unless you mean streets that are ONLY between St-L and St-D, which is not even the case for Prince-A, as it runs westward to University, through the McGill Ghetto.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  catroast Feb 11, 2013 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There is little commerce anywhere between St-Laurent and St-Denis. Nitpick away.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    SourberryLily Feb 11, 2013 09:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Its pretty easy to nitpick at such a vague and general statement.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      catroast Feb 11, 2013 09:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      it's not a vague statement at all. it is completely reasonable to assume that the density of commercial spaces and the amount of foot traffic on prince arthur is correlated with that other side streets between st l and st d.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Duluth is peppered with restaurants and cafes that do steady business, it's been that way at least as long as I've lived here (over 8 years). It almost feels like a pedestrian street too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Prince-Arthur has its own unique problem due to several factors imo. Partially its cheaper tourist trap reputation (mostly the Greek places as mentioned); it's not a destination for locals. It doesn't have any attractive bars, either (which is why I suggested a dedicated sports bar or fake-Irish pub). Total waste of terrace space on that front (Vol de Nuit does well during the summer despite being a dive -a boring old man one, not the hip St-Lo ones- and serving nasty hemp beer, but it has next to no real regulars).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's also a wind tunnel and isolated in winter. And, although it is near the metro and a park, it's a pretty sketchy park. The city needs to get the vagrants out, at times during the summer it feels like a mini Berri Uqam. Not a nice place to linger around the fountain even during most daylight hours, or to pass through after dark except on the edges. A real waste of a beautiful little park.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As Sourberry said, maybe it needs to hit bottom before it can rebound.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          SourberryLily Feb 12, 2013 06:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hmm good point. Perhaps a sunday street farmer's market in the summer? It would be a cute place to host such a thing, and although seasonal, it would revive this place in peoples minds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Or a microbrewery. There are many already but they do really well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The structure at the Laval Ave /Prince Arthur end of Square St-Louis has a produce stand and ice cream during the summer, so the vagrants stay closer to the open grass areas and fountain. The produce stand could probably expand.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Actually, there was a farmer's market in the schoolyard at Laval and Marie-Anne from 2009-11 (I think), but it didn't happen last year. I dunno why. Maybe it could be revived at Square St-Louis.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A microbrew is another great suggestion, that would definitely be a draw... especially if it didn't play loud obnoxious club music like Benelux seems to virtually every time I get roped into going.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              SourberryLily Feb 12, 2013 02:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Shhhhh i love Benelux.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But yeah, a microbrewery with a nice terrace would make the detour worth while.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                lagatta Feb 12, 2013 07:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Perhaps the farmers' market at Parc Lahaie (St-Dominique between Laurier and St-Joseph concentrated all the activity in that part of the borough. Another farmer's market was in the works in the Plateau borough, but far to the east, at Parc Baldwin, which begins at Fullum, just south of Mont-Royal, running almost to Sherbrooke.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              catroast Feb 8, 2013 12:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Decent businesses won't move in because it is a dead zone. The strip needs a greater mix of businesses or other attractions to draw people in. Sadly, I think that its closure to traffic is probably doing it in.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Mexican place on Prince-Arthur, Tamales, has been closed for a while (maybe since last year?). Rubs is still closed because of flooding, but their website says it will reopen at the end of the month.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                More worrisome, Barcelos appears to be closed. That place has been there for years. I walked by around 7:50pm tonight (Thursday) and it was lights out with a notice from Canada Post in the window about undeliverable mail. Cabane Grecque is closed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The only places with customers were Caverne Grecque (north side of street) and Casa Grecque (the big yellow and green place near the far end before the square). The only other places open were the French and Korean restaurants.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Prince-Arthur has hit rock bottom.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Incidentally, around the corner on St-Lo, Cafeteria is closed. I think it closed in December, but the sign for renos seemed believable since it's been there for years. Now windows are papered over. A bit further down, Papas Tapas claims to be closed for damage, but the name is off the front. Checked on the web, the Village location that opened last year has been closed since at least February. They opened, if I recall, right around when the recession hit 4 or 5 years ago, so they were doing well to weather that. This is why I always say, expansion can be a death knell. Or maybe it was the brutal reviews on the web...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm starting to worry if this is about more than one dead street and a few other places closing in the natural order of things, though. The Plateau now has as expensive real estate as any part of town. That's gonna drive up restaurant/storefront rents, but those condo dwellers have money - in theory. Maybe the explosion of noise complaints 4-5 years ago should've tipped everyone off that they never go out? Or worse, they blew the budget on their pads and we've got our own housing bubble about to burst... or a trickle down effect that kills neighbourhood business as they scrimp and save to pay off the mortgages?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  catroast Mar 8, 2013 05:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  those restaurants are from the era pre-dating montreal's foodie boom. there's better places. it's not locals/condo dwellers who are keeping the popular st-laurent restaurants, like buenanote in business, it's the day trippers from the west island and laval.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    JerkPork Mar 8, 2013 06:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Residents from Laval and West Island have enough of their own sub par establishments, they don't need to trek down to the Main for it. I've only eaten at Buonna Note once and that was when it first opened and even back then I wasn't impressed. I guess it was always one of those see and be seen places where the food was secondary and it was about the scene.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    These places stay in business because most of the population aren't "foodies" not becuase people trek in from the burbs. I remember one Saturday night last summer, I was walking along that stretch of St Laurent/Prince Arthur area (must have been around 11pm/midnight) and it was completely dead, minimal foot traffic, no one waiting in lines for any of those clubs, completely empty, never seen anything like it before.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I definitely agree with you when you say, "there's better places", that is certainly part of it. That area is just not the place to "see and be seen" anymore, Old Montreal, Little Burgundy, etc.. have all taken customers away. But day trippers? Nah.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      catroast Mar 8, 2013 07:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      yes day trippers. lots of rich 20 somethings and business people go to st laurent restaurants for bottle service and what not. from westmount, st leonard and other surrounding areas too. their main clientel is certainly not local residents from the plateau and foot traffic. shattered is absolutely right that lots of condo owners in plateau mile end do not have money to burn as a lot of their equity is wrapped up in their $200 000, 900 sq foot condos.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        SourberryLily Mar 8, 2013 09:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        200 000$ for a 900sq foot condo is very cheap, and certainly too cheap for the plateau.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My sister lives there, and something she said stuck: the closer you are to it, the less you go out. I guess it becomes mundane. Why go next door, wait if LINE, and pay $$$ for something you can take out and have at home.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Now day trippers (like myself, from VSL) make an outing out of it. They (we) don't mind so much about the price tag because we don't go there every day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Shops, theatres, festivals or just swanky ambiance. This gets day trippers to go spend big $$$. Locals will mostly feed the small neighbourhood restaurants.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          catroast Mar 8, 2013 10:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          goes to show how naive i am. i'm living like it's still 2005.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      lagatta Mar 8, 2013 06:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Buonanotte is more a "see and be seen" place than anything else. Don't mean that it's food is bad, according to people I know who have eaten there, but there are better places with less glitz, that are better value.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jaco44 Jun 1, 2013 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Eva Resto lounge is still open.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Glaff Jan 18, 2013 07:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Is it me or Pop! is closed? The site now redirects to Laloux and there's only a single page about Pop! and the possibility to rent it for events...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              unlaced Jan 18, 2013 08:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              oh no! I hope not, I love Pop!.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              eat2much Jan 14, 2013 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Not a closing per se but the Pain Dore on Monkland has been re-branded as Croissant Monkland.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                eat2much Jan 13, 2013 02:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I walked by Em & Seb on Monkland this morning and there is a bankruptcy notice taped on the door.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  westaust Jan 8, 2013 11:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  According to a tweet by Lesley Chesterman,Restaurant Le Hangar closed for good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fintastic Jan 8, 2013 09:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That's disappointing - I liked the space and the food during my only visit, but I can't say I'm surprised. It never looked very busy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      chilipepper Jan 9, 2013 09:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Apparently their official statement is that they're closing because of all the roadwork and the work that's coming with the Bonaventure revamp, the new bus corridor, and watermain work. They say they're not ruling out reopening in the area but they're focusing on other businesses now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        PhilTG84 Jan 20, 2013 10:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The area where the restaurant was could have been a lot better. It was instead hard to access, closed-off and choked with construction. I think that probably did it in.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    unlaced Jan 8, 2013 10:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    L'Emporte-piece on Gilford is closed and something else opening soon in the space. There is artsy promotional writing over the windows...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Maximilien Jan 8, 2013 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I know the people from La QV (wine import agency) are involved in the project.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cbtd10 Jan 10, 2013 08:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I know someone from Pullman is involved. She told me about it a few months ago when I was there. They're gonna do breakfast/lunch and a few dinner events if I remember correctly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        westaust Jan 8, 2013 10:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That's too bad, it was good the few times i went!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          stak Jan 8, 2013 01:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yes, just noticed this. The windows are covered in quotes about the importance of family, whatever that indicates.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Glaff Jan 8, 2013 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The owner on Twitter said he sold it to someone who will keep the same concept. Sold it to focus on Smoking Valley.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's all over the interwebs. There's been a fire at Romados. No news yet on what the damage is and when they'll re-open. Hopefully we'll soon have some official news.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              JerkPork Jan 6, 2013 07:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I guess this Manny Machado on Twitter is part of the family that runs Romados and he was tweeting last night that damage was limited to the basement and they will be back and operating asap.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                SnackHappy Jan 6, 2013 07:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                There's more info on their Facebook page.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.facebook.com/pages/Romados...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              westaust Jan 4, 2013 11:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ettingers Deli in Lasalle seems to be closed, passed by in front last night around 6pm no lights and a big for sale sign on the building

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                JerkPork Jan 4, 2013 12:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                According to their FB page it seems that it has been closed since mid Nov. No comments from the owners but based on the posted comments I'm gathering that they are moving.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  C70 Jan 4, 2013 03:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think they could do well in NDG/CSL. Lasalle was a terrible location for that kind of food.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    catroast Jan 4, 2013 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i associate shitty chenoys style deli with lasalle/west island/brossard/chomedy

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      C70 Jan 4, 2013 08:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I don't disagree with that, but I'd put lasalle at the bottom of any location list. 10x30 brossard probably would even have done better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      shitty or not, if you want to attract a deli-oriented, money-spending crowd, you are better off in the ndg/csl area... even queen mary (although that strip is a restautant graveyard)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      at the end, product is everything. we shall see

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        jaco44 Jan 8, 2013 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The food offered was fantastic. No preservatives in the meat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          SnackHappy Jan 8, 2013 12:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          How do you make smoked meat without preservatives?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            AlexCV Jan 23, 2013 12:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You don't... Unless you want grey smoke meat. But you know that already.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  jaco44 Jan 8, 2013 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes it is closed and they are looking for a better location.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ScoobySnacks20 Jan 8, 2013 10:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lasalle is viable, but that location was beyond horrible.

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