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Montreal Restaurant Openings and Closings September 2013

Let's see if breaking it up by month makes it easier to read.

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    1. We should go quarterly and reset with the four seasons or Jan-Mar, etc...those threads take forever to load on smartphones.

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      1. re: JerkPork

        Or even old, slow computers. Now I have a fast one, but before I bought it, I'd go off and do the dishes or chop up vegetables for a meal before the thread loaded.

        Or did some actual work, but that too is much faster now.

      2. Tuk Tuk on Cote des Neiges, just south of Cote St Catharine, I believe it just opened earlier this summer. There's no relation to the food truck according to Musgrave who reviewed it a couple of weeks ago in The Gazette.

        Had a nice lunch there, fresh tasting, not oily or heavy good flavors. Both the Pad Thai and the fried rice plate with shrimp/chicken were very good, the one drawback was that you could tell some of the veggies were frozen not fresh i.e the peas. Nothing ground breaking but would recommend for those in the area. Clean spot too, always a plus.


        5619 Côte-des-Neiges Road
        Montreal, QC

        1. Julien, 1191 Union will be closing on September 28.

          1. La Maison du Magret, 102 Saint-Antoine O, opened a couple of weeks ago.

              1. re: EaterBob

                After phoning itin for many years, it finally caved. It's surprising, it lasted this long.

              2. Kitchenette has been sold to someone named Jerome

                Edit: Does anyone know if said, Jerome is in fact Jérôme Rouault, the most recent winner of the TV show Les chefs!?

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                1. re: EaterBob

                  According to LaPresse+ this morning, he's a sous-chef at La Maison Boulud.

                  1. Kaizen Sushi is gone, according to Voir's website:


                        1. re: williej

                          Ooops! My bad, I was in a rush. Opened.

                          It apparently is a bar with food, From the description I read it looks like it is a clone of Le Chasseur, Gueule De Bois Chez M&Cartier, Taverne Royal Merchant, Pub Sir Joseph, Furco, Monsieur Smith and many other places that have "suddenly" decided that they need a cocktail menu, in bar signage from Diageo and/or Beam Global along with retro-styled menus that are really overpriced casse-croute items in order to pay for interior designer.

                          1. re: EaterBob

                            Thanks for the report,EaterBob!

                            I have zero desire to go there, and I live nearby, just a bit south of there. None of my friends in that neighbourhood "go out for cocktails", they might enjoy one very occasionally, but everyone usually drinks beer, wine or non-alcoholic beverages.

                      1. Moti Mahal is now Taste of India (Gout de l'Inde).

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                          1. re: cherylmtl

                            And has the menu changed? If their wonderful balti chicken and channa samosas are gone I think I'm going to cry.

                          2. re: chilipepper

                            There's also a Indian restaurant on Monkland Village with same name(Gout de I'Inde). Is their a connection?

                          3. Just passed by so only saw new sign, not menu. It didn't look like the NDG resto sign...If it's different owners/cooks, gonna miss their chicken tikka wraps. :(

                            1. Opened: Monsieur, 1102 de Bleury. Appears to be a lunch place as their hours are 10 AM to 4 PM Mon - Fri.

                                1. re: EaterBob

                                  They claim they are opening in 15 days... doubtful. It took Impasto quite a bit longer than stated, and the announced byow bistro at the corner of Beaubien and de Gaspé still isn't ready (it seems it will be called Pacifique, Le Pacifique or Bistro Pacifique - these names derive from the nearby CP line and the railway history of the neighbourhood.

                                  La bulle au carré is a crêperie not far from there, on Carré St-Louis.

                                2. There's a Dic Anne's opening soon on St-Catherine West between Fort and Chomedey, between the Epicerie Coreenne and the Cacao 70. Finally! I'm glad they have one downtown now, will definitely be going there when they open :)

                                  The Coc-O-Coq on Maisonneuve West close to the corner of Guy opened last week, it's a Lebanese chain of fried chicken places, this is their first restaurant in Canada apparently. The chicken is good, imo better than KFC. They serve potent garlic sauce instead of gravy with the chicken.

                                  The Quick Burger on the corner of Pierce and St-Catherine West has had an "opening soon" sign up for a few weeks now, no date announced as far as I can tell though.

                                  Another Asian restaurant just opened on the South side of St-Catherine between St-Marc and St-Mathieu too, I passed in front of it the other day but I forget the name.

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                                  1. re: Chocolatesa

                                    The Quick Burger has had an "opening soon" sign up for a few months now, not weeks. Have seen no sign of life there in months.

                                    1. re: Chocolatesa

                                      All of these (except that coq au coq has finally opened) were mentioned and discussed in the longer opening thread which is why I hate this new month by month format.

                                      1. re: kpaxonite

                                        Yeah, all this thread does is duplicate conversations, or people posting only names and not mentioning if it's an opening or closing.

                                        1. re: sweettoothMTL

                                          Not to mention how difficult it will be to find the name of a resto that opened a few months back but you're not sure when....

                                          1. re: eat2much

                                            Exactly. That's is my biggest problem with this "improved system". More threads to scroll through.

                                          2. re: sweettoothMTL

                                            Now that Eater Montreal exists we should approach them to keep us informed of those openings and closings as an added column on a consistant basis...leaves us all in the know without all these confusing opening and closings....

                                      2. Opening soon Le Darlington Urban Steakhouse inside the new Courtyard Marriott on Rene-Levesque

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                                        1. re: westaust

                                          I had lunch there last week and the food was not that great. The service was good but they really need to work on their kitchen. I had the burger. The meat was not well seasoned and dry. The bun was burnt. The fries tasted like frozen fries. The fried calamari was very rubbery.
                                          Overall, not worth the price.

                                          1. re: WhiskeyCat

                                            It's in a hotel and it has the word urban in its name. I think that should provide enough impetus to avoid the place.

                                        2. Re-opened: Cheeburger Cheeburger, 1444 Metcalfe

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                                          1. re: EaterBob

                                            Went there briefly yesterday(I was very surprised when I saw them re-open). It seems they had reopened yesterday(or Sunday Sept 8th).

                                          2. Poissonnerie/Restaurant Rayan opened on the South Shore in Greenfield Park, next to le commensal

                                            4819, boul Taschereau, Brossard,
                                            Greenfield Park, QC J4V 2J1

                                            1. The Park (?) "épicerie fine" is now open next to the Park restaurant in Westmount (rue victoria).

                                              Seems to be a weird store/take-out/butcher.

                                              There are the usual japanese (korean?) product that you can find next door at Myamoto;
                                              there are some coffee that I've not seen before,
                                              there are some takeout food (bibimbap, noodle salad)
                                              there are some vacuum sealed meat .

                                              Kind of a mixed bag or things.

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                                              1. re: Maximilien

                                                I thought they were going to have take-out sushi as well. Perhaps they haven't fully set things up yet?

                                              2. According to Conservus, Fushi has been put out of its misery.

                                                1. I just noticed a bunch of openings and closings on Saint Laurent. In the interest of fostering separate discussions I'm going to give each one a separate entry.

                                                  1) Opening: Pasta Tutti Giorni at the corner of Saint Laurent and Rene Levesque in the hotel building behind the Couche Tard.

                                                  1. 2) Open: There's some kind of lunch place in the lobby of Club Soda. Called strangely enough "Le Lobby." For $13.80 you can get a three course meal. And it appears that they have other smaller things as well.

                                                    1. 3) Closed: Basso, 3479 St-Laurent

                                                        1. re: EaterBob

                                                          I hope this place does well, if for no other reason than it being the long-empty old SAQ location and that stretch below Pins needs a shot in the arm (Papas Tapas space a few doors down finally took down the renovating sign and is officially for rent. Suwu is doing stupid business, otoh).

                                                          Besides, St-Lo needs a sports bar other than Champs.

                                                        2. 5) Closed: La Belle Province, 3608 St Laurent (just above Prince Arthur)

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                                                          1. re: EaterBob

                                                            There's a sign that says it's only temporary, for renovations.

                                                            1. re: EaterBob

                                                              It's open again. Yep, a reno that really was just a quick cleanup/reno. Not that I had any doubt, that place is too busy to close.

                                                            2. 6) opening: Baked 2 Go: Boulangerie de poingte/An advanced bakery. 4255 Saint Laurent.

                                                              Shattered already mentioned it in this thread:

                                                              1. 7) Name change: Ramen-ya is now Kurobata Izakaya with what appears to be a much expanded menu.

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                                                                1. re: EaterBob

                                                                  I checked the menu, it's a very generic Japanese fusion menu with little of what you would find at an Izakaya in NYC.

                                                                  1. re: marblebag

                                                                    Here's a link to Kurobuta's menu. I admit it doesn't look too exciting.


                                                                2. 8) Closed: Trattoria di Mikes, 35 Jean Talon O.

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                                                                  1. re: EaterBob

                                                                    That's been closed for quite a while now. They should pull it down and build a higher building with office or housing space above - it is extremely close to a métro station (Castelnau) and a lot of residential development.

                                                                    1. 10) Closed: Ian Perreault pret a manger, 1248 Bernard

                                                                      1. Something called Saiko Izakaya is opening at 1065 Beaver Hall Hill.

                                                                        I think the Izakaya thing has officially gone mainstream, and do not hold out much hope for this one.

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                                                                        1. re: EaterBob

                                                                          I'm sure they thank you for your words of encouragement.

                                                                          1. re: EaterBob

                                                                            My point has been proven. The izakaya movement in Montreal is done. Cafe Sardine has decided to do a "pop-up" izakaya tonight (and possibly other nights as well - they aren't exactly clear on for how long).

                                                                            1. re: EaterBob

                                                                              where is that ? hopefully tomorrow night ?

                                                                              1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                Cafe Sardine, 9 Fairmount E 514-802-8899

                                                                                And I would suggest calling to get more details as there is nothing on their Facebook page

                                                                                ++ Ooops ++

                                                                                On their website, (http://cafesardine.com/) they explain that during the day they are cafe Sardine and at night they are Iwashi Izakaya. So it isn't a pop-up. it's like L'oeufrier and Limon in Westmount.

                                                                                One kitchen, two menus.

                                                                                1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                  cool, I will try that tomorrow!!


                                                                                  1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                    Then, according to the above, you must be a hipster!

                                                                                    1. re: williej

                                                                                      I'm not a "hipster" per say, but I"m leaning that way, more than the other.


                                                                                  2. re: EaterBob

                                                                                    I talked to the owner a few weeks back, and I think he mentioned that they'd try this for two months..

                                                                                    1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                      That collaboration (L'oeufrier and Limon) didn't last. It's back to just being L'oeufrier now.

                                                                                      1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                        You don't say? I know nothing about these places, but I do know that sounds like a terrible, desperation move. I can only imagine what Ramsay would say if he did a Kitchen Nightmares on one of 'em. LOL

                                                                                2. Someone needs to explain to me why chains like Belle Province, Mikes and Buffalo Bills are being reported. I doubt anyone consulting Chowhound cares much for that information. What's next, "Starbucks just opened"?

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                                                                                  1. re: Siumaieater

                                                                                    Because we are not food snobs ? and they are actually restaurants ? and chowhound also has fastfood/chain discussion board ?

                                                                                    and something there is nothing better than a good ol'burger and fries or poutine or cheap wings !!!!

                                                                                    1. re: Siumaieater

                                                                                      You don't like Belle Province??? Off with your head! You're telling me you've never had a poutine at Belle Province, you poor soul. I believe enjoying the occasional poutine at BP is a prerequisite to be able to post on this site. lol

                                                                                      1. re: JerkPork

                                                                                        I guess I'm disqualified then... I have eaten at a Belle Province, when I worked nearby, but never poutine.

                                                                                        I haven't been to Poutine centrale yet; hope to remedy that soon, especially hoping that they have good frites. (I dislike poutine).

                                                                                        I do like burgers, fries and wings, but I'm fussy about them.

                                                                                        1. re: lagatta

                                                                                          Lagatta, I was being facetious I think I've been to BP and the likes 2-3 times per year I was just agreeing with max.
                                                                                          We're all allowed our guilty pleasures.

                                                                                          Sorry lagatta I accidentally flagged your comment as spam it may disappear! Oops

                                                                                        2. re: JerkPork

                                                                                          Yes, I have had poutine at Belle Pro. No, I am not a food snob, if that implies that a good meal should be expensive. However, having my roots in Victoriaville, I do consider myself a bit of a poutine snob. And I give thumbs down to Belle Pro's desecration of this noble dish.

                                                                                          1. re: Siumaieater

                                                                                            There are (at least) six different companies named La Belle Province. It was started by Peter Kivetos in 1970 however since then it has been split and divided many times. Some are franchises of the original, some are franchises of the offshooots, some are independently owned, some are I have no clue.

                                                                                            Just because one is grimy and disgusting does not necessarily mean that another one will be similar.

                                                                                            1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                              I recall often going to one named "La Plus Belle Province" on Park ave in the high school days, in a spot now occupied by overpriced (albeit very good) Syrian food.

                                                                                              1. re: Siumaieater

                                                                                                And before that the late lamented Salona...

                                                                                            2. re: Siumaieater

                                                                                              Personally I find that the poutine at Belle Pro can be quite great, depending on who's making it and if you happen to have decently fresh curds. The gravy has always been consistently meh, but fries can range from undercooked,burnt, too soggy, just perfect

                                                                                          2. re: Siumaieater

                                                                                            Please speak for yourself. And yes, I do care if a Starbucks just opened. Just like I'm sure there are some people would be interested in knowing that McDonald's will be opening as a stand alone restaurant in the CSL shopping centre parking lot. Although I'm not sure when.

                                                                                            1. re: BigHabsFan

                                                                                              That reminds me, a new Starbucks opened a month or two ago at 3452 Parc. Bottom of what looks like new condos, but the rest of the building isn't finished. It's funny cause it's practically right beside the Timmy's that opened in the Quality Hotel last year. With Second Cup, Pikolo, Presse Cafe, El Mundo, and Imagination just across the intersection with Sherbrooke, that block must be 50% cafes. Bring on Cafe Depot and Van Houtte where the bakery and French restaurant used to be!

                                                                                              1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                Parc in between Sherbrooke and Milton is the new Saint Laurent and Guilbault. Back in the 1990s I was consistently amazed that one corner could support three coffee shops. Van Houtte (now Big in Japan), Second Cup (still in existence) and Croissant Royal (now Ruby Burma) and on top of it Cafe Melies and Euro Deli were a hop, skip and a jump down the street.

                                                                                                1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                  But Starbucks has a unique offer with their 1200 calorie coffee drinks.

                                                                                              2. re: Siumaieater

                                                                                                I would point out that the tagline for the entire Quebec section of Chowhound reads as follows: "Discuss the best restaurants and food in Quebec".

                                                                                                1. re: Siumaieater

                                                                                                  Why does it bother you so much? It's probably one of only a handful of chain mentions on here and was only brought up cause it closed down. It's not like we tell out of towners looking for recs to go to Mikes Submarine, I think we all know there are better options out there. Who cares.

                                                                                                  PS You should also let Chowhound know that the networks buying their banner space are placing ads for McDonalds and Old El Paso. That must really tick you off. Lol

                                                                                                  1. re: JerkPork

                                                                                                    I wouldn't mind a Panda Express somewhere near where I hang out. Chains have their function. I admit I'm guilty of poopooing them sometimes, but I also patronize some of them.

                                                                                                    1. re: JerkPork

                                                                                                      Well, there are a range of issues that bother me about the food industry in general and these types of chains in particular (where they source their products, the terrible labor relations that permeate them, the negative impact that they can have on local establishments and the list goes on and on). I don't think they need any additional publicity. But hey, knock yourself out.

                                                                                                      1. re: Siumaieater

                                                                                                        I have issues with the food industry too but I would have to boycott every single hole in the wall mom n pop place I visit because the majority of them source their meats from Cargill and feed us chickens that eat animal by products. Next time you visit that Pho place you mentioned earlier this week ask them where they got their beef from, I could bet you it wasn't from some local farmer raising cows on grass. I try at home but its difficult when eating at these places chain or not.

                                                                                                      2. re: JerkPork

                                                                                                        No, it pays for discussions about food.

                                                                                                  2. Open in the old beef restaurant whose name I forget on St. Denis at Cherrier next to Mamie Clafoutis: Rajastan (Indian)

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                                                                                                    1. re: chilipepper

                                                                                                      That old place was called Boeuf Gourmand and it must have the world record for the longest time a place can be completely devoid of customers yet technically not closed.

                                                                                                      1. re: AlexCV

                                                                                                        Oh, no, there's a bar on Parc near TA that takes that prize...

                                                                                                        1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                                          Which one? There are several sketchy bars on that stretch (not to mention PrimeTime up at the corner of St-Joseph).

                                                                                                          1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                            If memory serves me correctly, it's in a semi-basement location. with a red sign. I used to live nearby, and walked by it pretty regularly, and never saw any signs of life.

                                                                                                            1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                                              I know the one you're talking about. There was a body found there a few years ago. I walk by every day and the "owner" is there usually alone but very occasionally is talking to someone.
                                                                                                              The only time I overheard anything was when he told someone "They're making me stay here another year". That was, like 3 years ago, and he's still there. Empty businesses for long periods of time point in only one direction.

                                                                                                              1. re: meagain

                                                                                                                Yeah, I've seen that one too. Never been in. But there's also the one about the size of a closet across the street beside the old red brick apartment. Went there once, very sketchy, full of middle-aged guys spending more time in the bathroom (ie. with non-alcoholic substances) than drinking their quarts, although at least its above ground.

                                                                                                                It's a real dive, not the faux hipster kind.

                                                                                                          2. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                                            I noticed a new ultra-dive on that stretch the other day. Pool table in the front (broken) window? I'd assume it was a place that had gone out of business, but I'm pretty sure it's recently opened. Maybe trying to capitalize on the hipster appeal of BdP but taking it up a few notches...

                                                                                                              1. re: williej

                                                                                                                Bar des Pins, on Parc below Pins.

                                                                                                      2. Mariani, 4450 Rue Notre-Dame O, has a sign on the door saying "Closed 4-Eva" :(

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                                                                                                        1. re: reactionman

                                                                                                          Not surprising, but unfortunate. Changing it to table service only was not a good idea...

                                                                                                        2. Le Gladstone will be opening in the spot formerly occupied by Calories in Westmount. I would assume it will be open before the end of the year - the space is almost finished, and they have a sign in the window saying that they are hiring. No idea who is behind this one, or whether it will be any good.

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                                                                                                          1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                                            I hear it is going to be French fine dining.

                                                                                                            1. re: Gloriaa

                                                                                                              Just what Westmount needs - another French restaurant. Sigh...

                                                                                                          2. See why it was a bad idea now?

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                                                                                                            1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                              Yes, we are almost halfway through October. But the year-long thread does get too long. Four seasons, perhaps?