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Jan 6, 2013 09:09 AM

Romados fire

Was at a friend's place yesterday when he lost power because Romados was on fire.

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  1. "Thanks you for your concern, we are not burnt down, we had a small electrical fire which we'll clean up and we'll be serving you the chicken you love in no time. We are so thankful to have the best customers ever and stay posted on our Facebook site for more information."

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    1. re: nikkori

      glad to hear it was nothing major :)

    2. While going to get a bag of coffee at Neve, I walked in front of Romados.

      Seems not much has been done in regards to renovation/rebuilding of the restaurant ?!?!

      Any info other than "thank you for your support" that their facebook page is giving us ?


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      1. re: Maximilien

        Last message was from 27th of January, in french:
        "Même au centre Bell, pendant un match de hockey, on nous demande si on va re-ouvrir bientôt.... on a vraiment les meilleurs clients du monde (et les plus patients) on vous adore!!!!!!!"

        and on the 21st:
        "The red tape of insurance claims is finally clearing up and we'll be ready to start construction on the space. Look for dates to be announced sometime next week. In the meantime we appreciate all of your support and please know we are doing our very best to get re-opened as soon as possible."

        So they are not open yet. Stay tuned!

        1. re: SourberryLily

          A few posts prior to that one said it would be a few weeks, then came a post or two about how long claims were taking. So if they got the claims money sometime last week, I'd give it another 2-3 wks.

          1. re: SourberryLily

            They posted this comment on Monday night (Feb 4):

            "on a eu un incendie le 5 janvier et on attend toujours les rapports des assurances:( "

            It's gonna be a while, unfortunately.

            1. re: Shattered

              Claim repport can take forever and so can dealing with insurances... We got water dammage last summer and it was hell... Good luck to them!

              1. re: sophie.brunet

                Sorry to hear that, Sophie. Latest comment on their page from Sunday says they're aiming to start renos next week. I guess that means they'll be open again first week of March if it goes smoothly.

                Closed for 2 months for a supposedly small electrical fire... brutal.

                1. re: Shattered

                  In small fires, water damage is usually more important than the fire itself (better be safe than sorry and water everything down).

                  1. re: Maximilien

                    Good point. I walked by last night and could peer into the kitchen. It's completely empty; they've taken out all the fryers, grills, etc.

                    Then I check their facebook page:
                    "L'ouverture devrait se faire vers la fin du mois de mars"


        2. Checked their facebook page again. They have finally started work. The reason it's taking so long is they have to redo the entire basement. Hopefully will be reopened for Easter.

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          1. re: Shattered

            Now they're saying mid-April. Brutal.

            Otoh, it gave me the opportunity to try something new last Friday: dinner at the Portuguese Assoc. on St-Urbain just below Rachel. Its like a little old-fashioned restaurant down there, nothing fancy but great value and good homestyle cooking. For $12, last Friday's menu was soup, dessert, and half a roast chicken (perfectly seasoned, too) with potatoes and rice. I couldn't even finish the sides, and I skipped lunch. Red wine is $5.50/glass.

            Shhh, keep it a secret ;)

            You can see upcoming dinners here:

            (Unless you speak Portuguese, you're gonna wanna plug the mains into google to see what you'll be eating... it's heavy on pork as you'd expect. This Friday's mains are some sort of fried fish dish with rice, or pork roast. Sobremesa is dessert. Unfortunately, I have plans, but I will be back soon.)

            1. re: Shattered

              do you need reservations? also can you just go there, eat and not talk to anyone?

              1. re: Ghostquatre

                Yes, you need to reserve. The dinner nights are posted as pics on their facebook page with the date, menu, price, and number to call.

                You could not talk to anyone. Me & my friend were the only ones there not speaking Portuguese. It was pretty quiet anyway. But I plan on going on one of the nights they have live music and dancing.

              2. re: Shattered

                Shattered, the one I see at the top of the page is a little more expensive: non-members $16, members 14. The fish fry looks good though.

                They have cabrito for Easter, on the 31st of March!

                I remember mentioning it on the board a while back, but they seemed very disorganised and not doing these meals for a while.

                1. re: lagatta

                  Yeah, price depends on the menu. I was giving the menu and price for last Friday. You're right, for the longest time nothing seemed to be going on, but this year the dinners are pretty steady, one about every couple weeks. You can't tell though, because they delete the pics announcing the dinners after they're done.

                  1. re: Shattered

                    Since this is a social club, I assume that the price is as announced - no further taxes?

                    Very good to know.

                    I'm not on Facebook, so while I can see the Easter announcement, I can't see the price. Assume it is more.

                    Not really fluent in Portuguese, but no speck of trouble reading those menus (I speak Italian and Spanish as well as French, and have had some practice in Portuguese).

                    And if the weather is foul or (shhh) if I've had too many glasses of wine, I can take the 55 bus straight down there and back from chez moi! Will be telling someone I know (a mature person, not a young student) who has been working away on learning Portuguese...

                    I want that cabrito! (Get my goat).

                    1. re: lagatta

                      Easter is $35 non-members, $30 for members.

                2. re: Shattered

                  The Portuguese association dinners were on hold except for holidays during the summer, but here's some feedback from going a handful of times last spring:

                  They are hit and miss foodwise. I find the heavier the meat, the less I enjoy it. They're overcooked and/or greasy. A mixed meat night was really disappointing. Chicken and fish dishes are always great, otoh. They had a paella that was great and only $17 if memory serves. Portions are always huge (sometimes they have leftovers and offer seconds) and you can linger as long as you want, though, which is nice for a change. And the booze is really cheap. Meals are $14-17 for non-members (depends on the main course), so good value, but it's a bit of roll of the dice foodwise.

                  1. re: Shattered

                    Thanks Shattered for posting the Portuguese Assn facebook page. We first visited this place during the festival in August when a bartender friend brought us over. They weren't serving food at that time, but we bookmarked the place to try sometime.
                    Our friend hinted himself that sometimes its really good, other times not so much.
                    In a thick Portuguese accent, slightly slurred from brandy:
                    "You come, you look what they have. If you like, you eat. If you no like, well ehhhhh, YOU LEAVE, you go to restaurant. THATS ALL.
                    OK, lets have brandy"

              3. Their facebook page said end of May for quite a while. Walked by yesterday, no signs it's anywhere near opening. Otoh, their bakery in St. Michel is open now to the public (8695 10e Avenue, open Monday-Saturday 7-5).

                Anyhow, they're given up giving dates for when it might re-open.

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                1. re: Shattered

                  I ride my bike by everyday - there's a sign outside that says it's opening in June, but no exact date. And it doesn't look ready to open yet...

                2. Cult Mtl says they're reopening Fri, July 5. Cross your fingers.

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                  1. re: chilipepper

                    Romados' facebook page says so too (in a reply to someones question on the right side of the page)

                    1. re: kpaxonite

                      cant wait to see the new prices now that they are world famous.

                      1. re: maj54us

                        Can't believe you guys beat me to it, haha. Actually, they said last week on facebook (posts now deleted) that they wanted to open this past weekend but faced another delay, so take July 5th with a grain of salt.