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Judging by the other threads. I imagine that this will top out at about 200 replies or so. And if people like that we can continue it quarterly in 2014.

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  1. Quarterly seems like a good compromise. Monthly is too many threads to check when you vaguely recall something being discussed in your hood. But seeing as we keep getting into pointless albeit somewhat amusing (in a timewasting facebookey way) discussions about whether Starbucks is germane or if a concept is ripped off from Toronto or a name will pass mustard with the language cops, yearly threads are just getting way too long.

    Anyhow, not exactly Chow-ish but I think worthy of note trend-wise:
    Radio Lounge is closed and reopening as (merging with?) Bar Le Dorchester at 1121 Anderson (between Bleury and Jeanne-Mance, below Rene-Levesque). It looked as busy as ever, so I don't know why.

    Radio Lounge was a loud, uncouth meatmarket, as crappy as outward appearance / crowd loitering outside at 3am would lead one to think (went only once to wing a friend).

    Nonetheless, it took up a huge chunk of (one-time?) prime real estate. Not good news for St-Laurent.

    1. ETOH Brasserie on St-Denis corner Jarry has opened or will be opening soon from the looks of it.

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      1. re: hungryann

        TK Restobar, nothing seems to come up on the search, it seems they have been opened for a few months. Anyone know anything, looks interesting especially for that area.

        https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tkrest...

        1. re: JerkPork

          Odd, as à la mode montréal has a glowing review of Brasserie ETOH, and I believe I've seen other ones: http://www.alamodemontreal.com/bons-p... It has a website too: http://etohbrasserie.com/

          1. re: lagatta

            i would take the à la mode review with a grain of salt. they give glowing review for pretty much anything

            1. re: twinkie83

              Yes, they are rather over-enthusiastic...

            2. re: lagatta

              They are shills, not reviewers. Just another promoter blog that writes glowing reviews in return for trinkets and opening invitations. The name of the blog alone is a dead giveaway.

              1. re: Shattered

                Yes, there are a lot of those (and not just the ridiculous RestoMontréal).

                1. re: Shattered

                  indeed. they're good for fashion because that's what they really are (fashion blog) but outside of that, good for a laugh

              2. re: JerkPork

                From Cult Mtl:

                https://cultmontreal.com/2013/09/tkre...

            3. Just announced: Raza is closing with last service 11-NOV-2013.

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              1. re: wattacetti

                Damn... The most underrated place in town.

              2. NICE NEW THREAD!!!

                Both Qing Hua (1909) and Dic Ann's w/ Bonatarte (2079) are now open on Sainte-Catherine West!

                Dat Adonis effect!!! Very lively now. We just need a second Vua location ;)

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                1. re: denpanosekai

                  Yes, that area had been depressed for decades. I'm sure Adonis had seen its potential.

                  You can keep Dic Ann's/Bonatarte though...

                  1. re: denpanosekai

                    What does w/Bonatarte mean?

                    1. re: williej

                      w/ means with, so it seems Bonatarte is operating in the same space as DicAnn's.

                      1. re: C70

                        thanks. I presume Bonatarte is a pie shop? Odd combination with a hamburger joint.

                        1. re: C70

                          Yes, they're owned by same people(that's why the connection).

                    2. I heard a rumour today that there is a new restaurant opening in the old pizza place just west of the Second Cup on Sherbrooke west of Loyola. Heard it would be owned by someone who has two restaurants downtown as well. Anyone know anything about this and who it would be, kind of food, etc?

                      1. "Opening soon" as per Cult Mtl: Bombay Mahal Express

                        http://cultmontreal.com/2013/10/bomba...

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                        1. re: chilipepper

                          It seems to be just south of Ruby Burma, and while obviously a different type of place, might mean a change in the dismal quality of "Asian" food available in that area. "Asian" as in over half the world...

                          1. re: chilipepper

                            It opened this weekend.

                            1. re: Shattered

                              We have been twice. It's the real deal-- everything was fresh and spicy! A bit greasy, but great for take-out in the Plateau.

                          2. Chef on Call delivery just opened a 3rd location in CDN, right near the corner of Cote-des-Neiges and Cote-Ste-Catherine.

                            http://www.chefoncalldelivery.com/

                            1. Word on the street is a sushi restaurant will open up at former Mariani's location on Notre Dame.

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                              1. re: Siumaieater

                                It figures - now that I no longer work in the area, they finally get a sushi restaurant. Oh, well...

                                1. re: Siumaieater

                                  Update : apparently the project is run by the owner(s) of Ginger. Disappointing for those expecting something along the lines of either Jun-I or Tri.

                                2. Looks like La Dispensa on Bernard has closed. No surprise here as they seemed to change format every month and never had any of their delicious ravioli in stock.

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                                  1. re: Siumaieater

                                    Didn't last long... it's also probably the final closing of BU at the same time.

                                    1. re: Glaff

                                      Dispensa has been closed for a while the guys from Brama took it over and they are under renovation ! Restaurant Will be called Anabel bar & vin (wine bar)

                                      1. re: Gamarani

                                        I guess now wine bars are the new thing.

                                        1. re: AlexCV

                                          2013 is the new 1993

                                  2. Not an opening per se, but Chak Wow (of delicious delivery-only Thai food fame) is going to be serving out of Bethlahem XXX (6568 St. Laurent) this Wednesday, October 23, to December 2, 2013. As of now, no menu has been announced on the Chak Wow Facebook page, but I would presume it will be announced today or tomorrow.

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                                    1. re: captain_vegetable

                                      Where and what on earth is that? (I live very close to there and have never seen a business of that name).

                                      1. re: lagatta

                                        Frankly, I have no idea. That being said, from what I understand, the normal chef there is off touring with his band, which is opening the door to Chak Wow's use of the space. I am in no way complaining ...

                                        1. re: lagatta

                                          More informations here: http://cultmontreal.com/2013/05/beave...

                                          The name's written in small letters on the door only, the old sign from previous place is still there but painted over with little dinosaurs. But yeah, you really have to know what's inside because it doesn't look like anything, especially with the curtains almost always closed.

                                          1. re: Glaff

                                            Walk by there every day and I always thought it was abandoned!

                                            1. re: Glaff

                                              Interesting, but I'd probably be the oldest person there and not really happpy despite the kushari (which I've had chez Egyptian friends).

                                              Nobody's "parent", but perhaps their hippie aunt...

                                              Good to know though.

                                              1. re: lagatta

                                                I was never interested in trying it too, but for the Chak Wow pop-up I think it will be worth it

                                                1. re: Glaff

                                                  I've eaten at Bethlehem XXX once and it was great. That week the menu was Guyanese/Caribbean (different menu every week). High-quality ingredients and a nice collection of beers and cocktails too.

                                                2. re: lagatta

                                                  No, I think I would have you beat by a couple of years...

                                            2. re: captain_vegetable

                                              By the way, I don't know where you saw those dates, but on Chak Wow's Facebook page it's written October 23 to December 2

                                              1. re: Glaff

                                                Woops! Missed that. Corrected above. Thanks.

                                              2. re: captain_vegetable

                                                Went there on friday and was very disappointed. The food was simply nothing to write home about (they were serving chinese food on that night). At 18$ for the main, it was sort of a rip-off considering the quality of the food. The service was also really bad. Upon entering the premises, we were invited to sit at the bar. Out of the blue, the barmaid rudely says: "you know, this is not just a bar, so you have to eat". A great way to be treated on one of our first nights out since having had a baby. I'll also point out that the location is strange: not in a good way, but in a creepy way.

                                                1. re: Siumaieater

                                                  You mean Chak Wow at Bethlehem XXX's location? I've heard good things about the food, and that price sounds way out of line with what they used to be. For service, wouldn't be the first take-out or counter joint that had trouble transitioning to being a 'real' restaurant.

                                                  As for location, I know exactly what you mean just from other hounds description of the unmarked door, and looking at the photos here:
                                                  http://www.nightlife.ca/sorties/bethl...

                                                  That would make a less-than-relaxing rec room. For a restaurant, I'd worry that I was gonna be on the menu next. Not to mention the name of the place.

                                              3. Opening: Vasconia boulangerie colombiene on St-Denis, don't know anything else about it.

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                                                1. re: hungryann

                                                  Well, at least the address: http://www.vasconia.ca/
                                                  4800 St-Denis. It is a very long street!

                                                2. Closing/Opening :

                                                  Pizzaiole (5100 Rue Hutchison) closed/renamed to "Pizzeria Moteur"

                                                  https://www.facebook.com/restomoteur

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                                                  1. re: Maximilien

                                                    Moteur closed a few weeks ago, a short lived attempt at reinventing Pizzaiole at that location.

                                                    1. re: meagain

                                                      It was operated by the same owners as Pizzaiole?

                                                      1. re: BLM

                                                        As far as I know yes. Which would explain the quick closure after trying a change in name. Already a dead spot.

                                                  2. bistro Lannes & Pacifique (Beaubien - de Gaspé) now has a website: http://www.lannesetpacifique.com/ with a menu.

                                                    1. Not an opening or closing but Myriade is reducing considerably their selection of teas. Too bad, will now have to go next door as there re so few places for a good cup of tea and donuts in the area. I so liked sitting in myriade. oh well

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                                                      1. re: williej

                                                        Well, since you are on the topic, Myriade St-Viateur no longer has Saint Donuts, only the downtown location does. St-Viateur only has the viennoiseries.

                                                        1. re: sweettoothMTL

                                                          Not according to her Twitter account this morning:

                                                          SaintDonut ‏@SaintDonut
                                                          Patate douce, beurre d'arachide et graham, pommes miel. Myriade 1 et 2, art Java, Differance, plume

                                                          1. re: Glaff

                                                            Ah. My info was based on the barista working at Myriade 2 last time I went, in big part for the donuts. I really clarified with him if he meant only for the day, or for the foreseable future, and he did say it was not only on that day.

                                                            Anyways, I still won't risk a detour there for donuts anymore...

                                                            1. re: sweettoothMTL

                                                              Plume is not too far, and they have the donuts you speak of, albeit only on weekends

                                                          2. re: sweettoothMTL

                                                            Who makes their viennoiseries?

                                                        2. It's coming: http://instagram.com/p/gL2t1lzU08/

                                                          From the reflection in the window, I guess it's in one of those places: https://www.google.ca/maps/preview#!d...

                                                          Which seems like the least interesting part of this street.

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                                                          1. re: Glaff

                                                            Who would have thought that a video store wouldn't be a viable business in 2013? We in the sudouest will take what we can get... That this is opening is maybe not so surprising, but the location certainly is.

                                                            1. re: Fintastic

                                                              I don't know about surprising. Little Burgundy has become quite the foodie hub.

                                                              1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                Not surprising for the neighbourhood, but more for its location... in front of a big ugly quincaillerie and beside a garage...

                                                                1. re: Glaff

                                                                  Oh, I see what you mean. It's also a pretty ugly building.

                                                            2. re: Glaff

                                                              Darn, that's a wee bit too far from home.

                                                              1. re: Glaff

                                                                Adding some info to help with future searches:

                                                                Patrice Patissier
                                                                http://patricepatissier.com/ (nothing there yet)
                                                                514-269-9539

                                                                Patrice Demers's Twitter feed says the address is:
                                                                2360 Notre-Dame Ouest
                                                                https://twitter.com/Patrice_Demers

                                                                "Début des travaux dans quelques jours! Ouverture janvier/février 2014"

                                                                Work starts in a few days. Opening January/February 2014.

                                                                1. re: kpzoo

                                                                  and to add, baking classes:

                                                                  @jfhandfield: salut Patrice, est-ce que tu vas donner des cours aussi à cet endroit ?

                                                                  @Patrice_Demers: Oui, il y aura une salle de cours pour 12 personnes

                                                              2. Rolopan Crepes is opening a location on Guy just south of Ste-Catherine West (Faubourg Tower street-level).

                                                                1. Orange Rouge, the new digs of chef Aaron Langille (late of Sardine, when they used to serve Noma-inspired food) is now open (for lunch and dinner).

                                                                  Although there were whispers of a MIssion Chinese Food vibe, I really don't see things developing that way at Orang Rouge. Langille's highly precise nordic inspired style is just completely different from that of Danny Bowien, who is a lot more in-your-face (think pastrami kung pao).

                                                                  See: http://voir.ca/voir-la-vie/nouvelles/...

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                                                                  1. re: Siumaieater

                                                                    What is "Mission Chinese Food"?

                                                                    1. re: williej

                                                                      I am fairly certain that google can provide a more fulsome answer to that question than I can.

                                                                      1. re: Siumaieater

                                                                        Yes, google would have a definition, but you used the term in your posting so presumably you know what you are referring to, especially as you used the word 'vibe' so you must have some idea what that means when referring to a type of Chinese Food.

                                                                        1. re: williej

                                                                          I am making reference to a famous restaurant in NYC and San Francisco, of which Danny Bowien is the chef.

                                                                          Again, google is a most wonderful tool, yielding the following:

                                                                          http://www.nytimes.com/restaurants/12...

                                                                          http://willtravelforfood.com/2013/04/...

                                                                          1. re: Siumaieater

                                                                            Thanks. I thought the reference was to a style of Chinese food or some sort of California variation, since 'mission' is a term used in that state. Didn't realize it was a restaurant!

                                                                            1. re: williej

                                                                              There's an interesting account of the original restaurant/food truck in this book:
                                                                              http://www.amazon.com/Mission-Street-...

                                                                              and of course, more here:
                                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7190...

                                                                    2. re: Siumaieater

                                                                      Went to OR twice already and it was fantastic.

                                                                      1. re: Siumaieater

                                                                        What does their menu look like?

                                                                        1. re: carolilas

                                                                          Here's the night menu from yesterday. Again delicious. There is some overlap with the lunch menu, but lunch is even cheaper.

                                                                           
                                                                          1. re: carolilas

                                                                            And there was this, so now the lineups have arrived:
                                                                            http://www.ledevoir.com/art-de-vivre/...

                                                                            1. re: Siumaieater

                                                                              It's Le Devoir. Read mostly by bureaucrats in Quebec City. The review, no matter how glowing won't cause lineups. When Marie Claude Lortie gets around to it on the other hand...

                                                                              1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                Well, then, tell that to the owner who told me himself that he went from 30 persons per night to 130 overnight due to this article.

                                                                                1. re: Siumaieater

                                                                                  Not surprised. Tastet is a really respected (way more than Lortie) and followed food writer.

                                                                                  Also, Le Devoir is mostly read in Montreal.

                                                                                  1. re: Glaff

                                                                                    So he reviewed Orange Rouge after it opened for less than 3 weeks(3 of his visits eating on opening week)? Real professional food writer. I remember a Le Devoir critic several years ago, reviewed a Montreal restaurant on opening night(not Tastet).

                                                                                    1. re: Glaff

                                                                                      Who cares about respect? For all I know Mark Bittman and the ghost of Craig Claiborne could each write 10,000 word odes on how amazing the food at Orange Rouge was. It would not significantly change how many covers Aaron Langille would have to do.

                                                                                      Mme Lortie on the other hand could write something that would require him to expand the restaurant just because she is read by so many more people.

                                                                                      1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                        Is that a real question? You're really asking me who cares about the respect they have for a food critic over another one?

                                                                                        1. re: meagain

                                                                                          Ha! I was happy to see the supposedly pompous Le Devoir wine critic endorsing Candidato Estrella, a litre of Spanish wine for $12,45. http://www.ledevoir.com/art-de-vivre/... And he is right: it is perfectly pleasant, like decent table wines in southern Europe. Obviously should cost half what it does, but it does the job with no nasty tastes or harsh tannin (I love tannin, but you know what I mean about very tannic cheap wine).

                                                                                          The main "serious" paper in Q-C is Le Soleil.

                                                                                        2. re: EaterBob

                                                                                          Folks, we removed a number of posts in here that got unnecessarily testy and unfriendly. It's a good bet that if the discussion switches focus from talking about something to do with food to talking about how other people are talking about that subject in the thread, it's going off the rails. Please try to keep the focus on the chow. Thanks.

                                                                                      2. re: Siumaieater

                                                                                        Exactly. The 100 folk here in town who read what's written in Le Devoir all stampeded the same night and next week everything will be back to normal. Except for the occasional Quebec City bureaucrat, who won't quite "get it."

                                                                                        If you see any large black limousines in Chinatown 1, heads up; there's a mandarin at Orange Rouge.

                                                                                        1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                          There is no question that La Presse has higher readership that Le Devoir. However, in this day and age, I don't think it really matters where the review comes from. Provided it comes from a reputable source, it is tweeted, retweeted, facebooked, linked up on other websites (for ex, click here: http://montreal.eater.com/) and, I daresay, chowhounded.

                                                                                          I would not bet on anything slowing down at OR. Not only is the popularity of the place is due to lots of word-of-mouth in foodie circles, but Lortie has already visited during the same week as Tastet.

                                                                                          I'll bet her review will be based on one single visit, whereas Tasted went three times.

                                                                                          On another note, Le Devoir readership is mostly comprised of Montrealers (lots of academic types and other francophone intelligentsia). Popular in the plateau and Ro-pe-pa areas. It also happens to be a very high quality paper for which some in my family happen to write.

                                                                                          1. re: Siumaieater

                                                                                            I've read Le Devoir for decades, am not a bureaucrat and only lived in Québec City for a period of some months working there years ago. Live in Ropepa, though had never heard that contraction. I have written a few freelance articles for that paper, some years ago. High standards but they didn't pay very well.

                                                                                            Many people in the arts with very little money at all read Le Devoir.

                                                                              2. re: Siumaieater

                                                                                See: http://www.ledevoir.com/art-de-vivre/...

                                                                                And:

                                                                                 
                                                                                1. re: Siumaieater

                                                                                  Do they take reservations?

                                                                                  1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                    Walk-in only

                                                                                  2. re: Siumaieater

                                                                                    I find that pictures posted on these boards have always been too small. Am I missing something? Is there a way to zoom in or are they all really this small?

                                                                                    And I'm not talking about the thumbnail

                                                                                    1. re: Ghostquatre

                                                                                      a problem with smartphone and its resolutions. the smaller the resolution, the smaller the file so one can store more photos hence the smaller photo. but yes, it annoys the hell out of me too

                                                                                      they can go bigger but they'll take less photo but then, with instagram and the likes, that shouldn't be a problem

                                                                                2. The Canards du Lac Brome store is moving from its St-Laurent location to the Marché Jean-Talon soon.
                                                                                  176, rue Jean-Talon Est

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                                                                                  1. re: Glaff

                                                                                    That is the former Milan (as opposed to Milano) Boucherie. I shopped there for years in the 1980s - early 1990s when I lived just north of there in Villeray. The famous Magali (Haitian chef) worked there later on. I do miss Milan and Boucherie du Marché.

                                                                                  2. Zero8 on St-Denis has closed its' doors. This represents a loss for those with serious food allergies (gluten, dairy, etc.)

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                                                                                    1. re: eat2much

                                                                                      Oh no! That's bad news indeed.

                                                                                      A vegan, gluten-free place opened up recently on MacKay - La Verdure, so that's goood for folks with gluten, dairy and egg intolerances. I was there recently, very tasty. But it's very casual. Definitely not the ambiance of Zero8.

                                                                                      1. re: eat2much

                                                                                        There are probably not enough people with serious allergies that want to take the risk of going to a restaurant.

                                                                                        So, simple economics.

                                                                                        1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                          Granted, but people with serious allergies do have friends and families willing to "take one for the team" so that they can enjoy a dinner out on the town without fear of contamination.

                                                                                        2. re: eat2much

                                                                                          Not the only closing on that stretch of St-Denis. Presse Cafe on the corner of Ontario is closed - that's a huge spot to fill. The St-Hubert Express and Boris Bistro have also closed. St. Denis is hurting, and the notice/rant posted by the former owners at Zero 8 about skyrocketing taxes explains why.

                                                                                          1. re: Shattered

                                                                                            Boris Bistro? Isn't that on McGill?

                                                                                            Anyway, that stretch of street is not a place to open a nice restaurant. It has a bad reputation as far as dining goes and with reason. I reckon most places make their money off the Théatre St-Denis crowds and other tourists. Maybe a place like Zero8 would have done better in the Plateau. There probably aren't more people with allergies there, but I'm sure there are way more people with kooky self-imposed diet restrictions.

                                                                                            1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                              A different Boris, the beer company opened (and apparently now closed) a bar on the other side of the ruelle leading to the library. It was called the Boris Embassy, across from the McDonald's.

                                                                                              1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                Oh yeah, I had noticed that place about a month ago. I guess I'm not the only one who found it not so interesting.

                                                                                              2. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                Whoops, sorry for the confusion on the name.

                                                                                                SnackHappy, your comment cracked me up.

                                                                                                I agree, it's not a hotspot for dining, but UQAM is right there, the hospital is a few minutes' walk and the closings I mentioned -a cafe, a fastfood takeout counter, and a bar- would seem tailored for those crowds. That's why I think it's a very bad sign. The economy is really down right now when even the cheap chains can't make a go of it.

                                                                                          2. There is a For Rent sign in the window of Pho 198 on Côte-des-Neiges.

                                                                                            1. I forgot to post this when I first noticed it, but an outpost of apparently worldwide Asian tea chain Chatime opened next to Kanbai on Ste-Cahterine. When I walked by, it was opening week and the place was jumping.

                                                                                              http://www.chatime.com

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                                                                                              1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                Looks like it is a Bubble Tea chain. I was hoping it was a traditional tea shop, but I think Montreal has enough of these. PS I heard on some CBC Radio One program that tea is now a trendy drink.

                                                                                                1. re: williej

                                                                                                  I guess that might be why La Dépense at JTM transformed into a "tea bar". At least I picked up several little jars of sambal and other stuff for $1 apiece while they were closing down.

                                                                                                  1. re: williej

                                                                                                    Us tea drinkers are very excited that tea shops are opening right and left. More choice is always fun.

                                                                                                    1. re: hala

                                                                                                      Yes, I liked the new one that opened on Guy just south of Sherbrooke. Nice selection of teas and quiet in the morning, though I understand it is busier in the afternoon. I also liked how they made the tea -- something like french press but for tea.

                                                                                                      1. re: williej

                                                                                                        Hestia. Great spot!

                                                                                                        1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                          Yes, since Myriade has got rid of most of their tea selection, Hestia is my new fav tea spot. Too bad for Myriade.

                                                                                                2. A 3rd Panthere Vert / Green Panther is opening on Mont-Royal at de Bullion.
                                                                                                  Opening party today:
                                                                                                  https://www.facebook.com/events/39550...

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                                                                                                  1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                    For some reason the falafel were smaller and not as tasty as the original location. Too bad.

                                                                                                  2. Christophe Morel is finally opening a chocolaterie in Montreal next week.
                                                                                                    1333 University
                                                                                                    https://www.facebook.com/permalink.ph...

                                                                                                    1. Opened earlier this fall, Huis Clos. Looks very nice from the outside.
                                                                                                      www.huisclos.ca

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                                                                                                      1. re: hungryann

                                                                                                        That was the resto-bar that had polled its potential clients as to menus, name and other details. I haven't happened to see it - now that there are bicycle lanes nearby, I'm much less frequently along St-Denis. This will change with snow and either walking or public transport...

                                                                                                        If I recall, it used to be a sports bar. Yep, checked Google street view - it was the Mundial Café, bar billiard cappuccino espresso.

                                                                                                        1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                          Yep, most of this mentioned in today's Gazette review by Sarah Musgrave http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/f...

                                                                                                          1. re: BLM

                                                                                                            All I can say is while it certainly looks pleasant - and they didn't change the old bar too drastically - I agree with Sarah that the costs of these places are really getting high for the "casual resto" category. A pity.

                                                                                                      2. Although not fine dining it's one of the places I always visit when I'm back in Montreal.

                                                                                                        Saint-Laurent Deli.

                                                                                                         
                                                                                                        1. So, finally, it's not a grocery store opening in the old Zitto E Mangia location (guess it was just temporary), but a restaurant called Le Ballpark. Not yet open, but schedule and name are already in the window.

                                                                                                          https://www.facebook.com/LeBallparkMo...
                                                                                                          6660 Clark (in front of Dinette Triple Crown)

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                                                                                                          1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                            Why? I don't get the name at all.

                                                                                                            1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                              I'd guess because it's near Jarry Park: "From 1969 to 1976, the former Jarry Park Stadium was the home of the Montreal Expos, Canada's first Major League Baseball team"

                                                                                                              1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                It isn't that close. And why an anglo name, in a neighbourhood that is historically Italian (and francophone) and now largely Latino, among other things? Another anglo hipster place?

                                                                                                                Not talking about the authentically southern US Triple Crown, of course... just talking about tacky names.

                                                                                                                I loved the name Zitto e mangia. Too bad the food was very uneven...

                                                                                                                1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                  I'm not getting the problem with the ethnic roots of a restaurant name vis-a-vis neighbourhood demos (which you've already said.are fluid). Would you apply the same rules to Westmount?

                                                                                                                  I'd wait for the menu to appear since one would have to assume some sort of gourmet ballpark food is coming our way.

                                                                                                                  1. re: meagain

                                                                                                                    I have no connection to Westmount. I live about 5 minutes' walk from this place.

                                                                                                                    1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                      My point was if a restaurant in Westmount opened with a name that was in a language that didn't represent the demographic of Westmount would that be an outrage or a welcome addition?

                                                                                                              2. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                It's going to be a meatball joint. I would point out that meatballs are traditionally italian and/or quebecois, and have nothing to do with a ball park.

                                                                                                                1. re: Siumaieater

                                                                                                                  Meatballs are common in a huge range of cultures! I'd prefer the Italian name Polpetta (polpette also include fish, chicken and "meatless" balls), the Spanish word for them albóndiga is lovely too. Surprise, it simply means "the ball" in Arabic, al-bunduqa.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Siumaieater

                                                                                                                    So it's a stupid name and a stupid concept? Gotcha.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                      It could still be a good place, who knows? I loved the name of the last incarnation there, but somehow it didn't function.

                                                                                                                      Oh, how I wish it had (of course,also because it was a byow, and wine prices are so high already without the inevitable markeup...).

                                                                                                                      1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                        I was replying to Siu... as in, the name is silly/meaningless and I'm thinking they need a better hook than meatballs, especially for a space that size (unless they plan on making amazing Italian subs, but then they'd be a sub joint, not a meatball restaurant).

                                                                                                                        1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                          It's opening today. Here's the menu:

                                                                                                                          Entrées
                                                                                                                          Salade Caesar
                                                                                                                          Salade Américaine
                                                                                                                          Tartine de champignons
                                                                                                                          Gravlax
                                                                                                                          Soupe à l'oignon

                                                                                                                          Boulettes
                                                                                                                          Boeuf + sauce tomate
                                                                                                                          Grèque + sauce tzatziki
                                                                                                                          Poulet redhot + crème sure bleu
                                                                                                                          Poisson + sauce tartare
                                                                                                                          Falafel + babaganoush

                                                                                                                          Accompagnements
                                                                                                                          Brocolinis bacon épicés
                                                                                                                          Choux fleurs curcuma
                                                                                                                          Risotto champignons
                                                                                                                          Purée pomme de terre
                                                                                                                          Frite
                                                                                                                          Spag pomodoro

                                                                                                                          Plat du coach
                                                                                                                          Baby back ribs

                                                                                                                          Dessert
                                                                                                                          Sandwich crème glacée

                                                                                                                          I'm more than happy to finally have a falafel option in my neighbourhood!

                                                                                                                          1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                            I'm surprised that you don't consider Petit Alep (and Alep, too) "in your neighborhood."

                                                                                                                            1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                                              Well it is technically... but Ballpark is really just a few steps away from home.

                                                                                                                              1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                                                I was going to say the same, as well as Chez Apo (takeaway only). Walking through JTM today, I also noticed that L'Olivier sells them, but I find their quality very unpredictable, to be kind...

                                                                                                                                Eater, one could very technically say that Alep and Chez Apo are in Villeray, but I certainly consider southwestern Villeray very much part of "da hood".

                                                                                                                                1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                  Oh there's some other places selling them... but really good falafels are not really that easy to find... My favorites are at Panthère Verte.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                    Those are delicious indeed, but a bit of a walk from near JTM. One could stop off there if walking to PA on Parc.

                                                                                                                                    Obviously we have the chains such as Amir, but I never eat in such places unless I'm working somewhere and there is no other alternative.

                                                                                                                                    Nobody seems to have picked up on my posting about Le Canard libéré moving to JTM, so I'll just mention here that it has moved.

                                                                                                                              2. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                Wow that menu is all over the place.

                                                                                                                  2. A few more openings:

                                                                                                                    - Monsieur Restaurant + Bar
                                                                                                                    https://www.facebook.com/restobarmons...
                                                                                                                    Little review here: http://www.katerinerollet.com/restaur...

                                                                                                                    - La Récréation
                                                                                                                    https://www.facebook.com/larecreation...
                                                                                                                    New lunch place in the Old Montreal by Alexandre Gosselin

                                                                                                                    1. A chocolatier in Verdun! Machine filled but tasty and really cheap (about 60 cents a piece). Same style but a bit greasier than Privilege. Honey caramel was delicious and pistachio had real pistachios and did not have the bitter almond extract that I hate. I will go back to try some more but I don't see how they can keep the cheap prices.

                                                                                                                      Choco Pasion
                                                                                                                      5019 Wellington

                                                                                                                      http://www.promenadewellington.com/bu...

                                                                                                                      1. New tea room called Cardinal in the Mile-End: http://cultmontreal.com/2013/12/cardi...
                                                                                                                        5326 St-Laurent

                                                                                                                        1. Another Turkish establishment has set up shop:
                                                                                                                          http://bouchepleine.com/2013/12/02/ca...

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                                                                                                                          1. re: chilipepper

                                                                                                                            This article frames Replika's opening in a strange light. In my memory it, Barbounya, and Sefa all opened nearly simultaneously this summer (it was posted in the original openings thread on Aug. 2).

                                                                                                                          2. Closings on Prince-Arthur:

                                                                                                                            Bob n Soul, the Korean place at 70 P-A est. It's papered up as is the former Mazurka next door. Looks like a fire from the outside, but according to the owner of Vol de Nuit, the owner of the building closed it and is renovating both properties. Too bad, it looked like it was doing decent business.

                                                                                                                            Also, whatever Barcelos was rebranded as has closed again.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                              Barcelos closes every winter. Their dining room is on the street, not inside.

                                                                                                                            2. État-Major in Hochelaga is now open. Same team from Quartier Général I think.
                                                                                                                              https://www.facebook.com/etatmajor.ca

                                                                                                                              1. A permit in the window of the corner space of the Altitude condos at University/Cathcart indicates that a two-story steakhouse is coming soon. Not exactly a novelty in the neighbourhood.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: FoodNovice

                                                                                                                                  It's called Vertigo Steakhouse, and in the same building, across from the entrance to the condos, is Moxie's opening there

                                                                                                                                2. New "Tex Mex" place on Beaver Hall called MiMy (???) right next to Bagel Expressions.

                                                                                                                                  1. Cheryl posted about Le Gladstone in the September thread, but it is now open for business. To recap, it is taking over the former Calories space across from Taverne on the Square just East of Greene on St. Catherine.
                                                                                                                                    I'm not sure what happened exactly, but it appears that after nearly finishing the restaurant interior they/the landlord decided to do massive masonry work to the exterior. Likely bad luck as I doubt they'd planned to debut with scaffolding, safety netting, and a small drawbridge leading to the door. In another unfortunate turn, their symbol (a lowercase 'g' partially contained by a circle) is uncannily similar to the Google+ symbol found at the bottom of this website and most others.

                                                                                                                                    I can't find any web presence and didn't notice a menu posted outside last night but I'll look more carefully tonight.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: Fintastic

                                                                                                                                      https://twitter.com/LeGladstone and it is run by Yvon Creton and his two sons Maxime & Raphaël. He owns the restaurant À L'Aventure in Old Montreal.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                                                        I'm really hoping it will be decent, but I don't want to be the first to try it. I will wait until someone reviews it...

                                                                                                                                    2. Barcola, new italian in the Mile-End: https://www.facebook.com/BarcolaBistro

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                        These gnocchi à la courge look delicious.
                                                                                                                                        http://www.katerinerollet.com/restaur...

                                                                                                                                        I know how to make those, actually, but one doesn't always feel like processing a squash and making gnocchi...

                                                                                                                                      2. Just learned from Jean-Philippe Tastet on Facebook that Tasso on St-Denis has closed. It's a shame, it was a nice place. Unfortunately, they seemed to rely a lot on Groupon-type deals to generate business.

                                                                                                                                        1. D Liche opened a new location in the Quartier des Spectacles last week.
                                                                                                                                          292 Sainte-Catherine ouest

                                                                                                                                          1. Just walk by a new salvadorian restaurant on St-Denis called Los Planes Gourmet. and I don't think it has anything to do with Los Planes on Bélanger...
                                                                                                                                            https://www.facebook.com/losplanesgou...
                                                                                                                                            4115 St-Denis

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                              Upscale pupusas in the old Cavistes location. And judging by the Facebook page I would think the two are related. The logos are almost identical.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                                                                I think you're right, just saw who's the owner on the Facebook page and it's a guy I've seen at Los Planes on Bélanger.

                                                                                                                                                Good thing, it's my favorite pupusas in town.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                  How much are they now on Belanger? I don't get up there all that often, and would love to know if the $3.25/ch they are charging on Saint Denis would make it worthwhile to walk over there instead of taking a bus to eat two on Belanger.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                                                                    I went last week. It was delicious, as expected since the one on Bélanger was already my favorite.

                                                                                                                                                    But yes, I think it's worth it, especially for a night out with friends/boyfriend/girlfriend/etc. It's a nicer place to sit and enjoy a long meal than on Bélanger that's for sure.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                                                                      We went last week and the portions were very hearty. My kids weren't able to finish their trios of 2 pupusas and an enchilada but they enjoyed their leftovers for lunch the next day. Same great taste as I remember from their other location. Their chicken tamale was nice, nachos even better (that's where we went tipped the scales in terms of too much food, maybe). The guacamole was good too although much smaller in comparison to the big plate of nachos. A great addition to the neighbourhood and as an apporter votre vin, really a good choice.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Plateaumaman

                                                                                                                                                        I believe you are talking about the St-Denis one? Don't believe Planes Bélanger is apporter votre vin. About the only pupuseria I know around here that is byow is "El Amigo" at the corner of St-Zotique and St-Dominique.

                                                                                                                                                        I enjoy the extended family vibe there, though there have been complaints about cleanliness (not the plates, or the toilet, but the walls and windows - perhaps more rundown than dirty).

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                      I've never had those - just because la Carreta and El Amigo are so much closer - guess I should remedy that.

                                                                                                                                                2. F+F Pizza has 3 new locations opening soon:

                                                                                                                                                  Plateau: 4505 St-Denis
                                                                                                                                                  Rosemont: 2810 Masson and 1298 Beaubien

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                    I know I'm a pedant, but while 2810 Masson is in Rosemont, 1298 Beaubien is in la Petite-Patrie. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                  2. On Léché Twitter account a few minutes ago:

                                                                                                                                                    "Our dear clients,
                                                                                                                                                    We must inform you that for next couple months we are closing the old port branch for much needed Reno and love and care!"

                                                                                                                                                    1. What looks like a sushi joint is opening in Griffintown on Notre Dame, at the former "Jane" location. The name is "Mange moi tout cru".

                                                                                                                                                      Yet, the place is actually part of the Sushi Taxi chain, as their window advertises the website www.Sushitaxi.net

                                                                                                                                                      Anyone know whether sushitaxi is any good?

                                                                                                                                                      1. Some changes on Beaubien:

                                                                                                                                                        Nouveau Mirasol (29th Avenue), papered up originally just to fix the floor, is now for sale. The real estate sign was propped in the window this morning.

                                                                                                                                                        My, the Vietnamese place near St. Michel, still has the Bonne Vacance sign posted two months ago, but now has newspaper in the window.

                                                                                                                                                        Next door, Dunkin Donuts is closing Dec 16. The cashier said it was due to DD corporate not investing more in Quebec. Someone there better teach another location how to do the creme-filled donuts, because that branch did them fantastically. The manager predicts DD will be out of Quebec within 5 years.

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: rwarren

                                                                                                                                                          I didn't know there were any DD left in Montreal. I haven't seen any in the longest time.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: hungryann

                                                                                                                                                            I believe the one in Place Versailles is still open. Haven't been there in over a month though.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: nonpareils

                                                                                                                                                              And Place Ville Marie, 4501 Wellington and 3202 Beaubien E. There are only four left in Montreal.

                                                                                                                                                        2. I can't tell if this has been reported yet, but:

                                                                                                                                                          Closed: St-Laurent Deli on St-Louis (same strip mall as Chez Benny Express).

                                                                                                                                                          Open: Ave Seoul (Decarie and Decelles), replacing Samiramiss.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: wattacetti

                                                                                                                                                            I had a photo of the closed sign. Unfortunately.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: wattacetti

                                                                                                                                                              The closed sign

                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                            2. Bier Markt is now open.
                                                                                                                                                              1221, René-Lévesque Ouest

                                                                                                                                                              1. Frunchroom is open at 1425 Rene Levesque O (old Ford Hotel / CBC building) http://www.frunchroom.ca/Home/

                                                                                                                                                                One person was definitely not impressed with the launch event: http://www.yelp.ca/not_recommended_re...

                                                                                                                                                                Was thinking about trying this weekend but I'm not so sure anymore. Would it kill them to put the menu online?

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                                                                                  I hadn't heard about that one. What kind of name is that, Frunchroom?

                                                                                                                                                                  And yes, from what I gather, a lot of restaurants would die from putting the menu online, judging by how many don't.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: sweettoothMTL

                                                                                                                                                                    It's Chicago slang, this is supposed to be a Windy City themed restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                                    http://thefrunchroom.wordpress.com/20...

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                                                                                      Just what Montreal needs, a Chicago themed restaurant!
                                                                                                                                                                      I imagine given its location that it will try and cater to the Sports bar and hockey crowd?

                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                                                                                    That is why a "review" of a restaurant at its launch event is useless and borderline stupid.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                                                                                      it's yelp, reviewed by someone who opened an account just to trash the restaurant and it was for a pre-launch. can't get more useless than that

                                                                                                                                                                    2. Went to Le Gladstone this week. Was very good. Welcoming and friendly staff. We had the Vivaneaux (red snapper) and salmon and the dessert was a tarte tatin with vanilla ice cream from a well known patisserie with a French name which I can't remember. The space is really nice and open and quiet. We weren't rushed...service didn't take long (it was only 1/3 full when we were there, but plenty of wait staff) Another thing I like about it is that it has a menu that changes on the chalkboard. Good wine list too. Prices are in the range of 18 (croque monsieur)...24-45 (for filet mignon) for main meal.

                                                                                                                                                                      Name is because it is at the corner of Gladstone and Ste. Catherine (just across from Taverne on the Square) but there is an interesting back story to how the name came about and another connection to the name that you must ask the owners about!

                                                                                                                                                                      No website yet, but it is coming. They will have aged beef (aged in their own cooler) soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: williej

                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the info. Just a friendly reminder, this is the openings and closings thread. Please start a new thread for reviews in the future (or add to one that might already be around). Thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. Le Burger Factory (or something similar) has opened up in the tunnel between Place Ville-Marie and the Eaton's Centre across from Tunnel Espresso. Today was their opening day, they had someone passing out flyers, I didn't have time to stop but I also didn't see any customers inside.

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: causeimhungry

                                                                                                                                                                          The betting is open to see how long they last. That hallway is full of broken dreams.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. Restaurant Deuxlux opened at corner of Chateaubriand and St Zotique - "market cuisine with French and Italian influences". No comment on the name/logo...
                                                                                                                                                                          https://www.facebook.com/RestaurantDe...

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: FoodNovice

                                                                                                                                                                            As with "Ballpark", I HATE the name, and the logo is very ugly. I walked by there (it is a few minutes' walk due east of Ballpark, by the way) and the room seemed very pleasant, there were people inside dining who seemed to be having a great time. Moreover, while they have a licence, they sell wines at SAQ cost plus a markup of five or ten dollars, so that seems affordable. So we'll see how this turns out.

                                                                                                                                                                            That spot was a Tunisian restaurant, L'Étoile de Tunis, for a very long time; one of the first Maghrebi restaurants in Mtl (except, perhaps, El Morocco). It seems to still have a branch open in Laval. Afterwards, it was a strangely unwelcoming Italian restaurant. That incarnation did not last long.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: FoodNovice

                                                                                                                                                                              Wine list looks like the SAQ top ten sellers. Will skip.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. Currientale (I know, terrible name) opened on Brunwsick in the West Island in a location that used to be an Eggspectations.

                                                                                                                                                                              I went about 2 weeks ago. Service was spotty (they were trying but they certainly weren't a well oiled machine yet) but food (Indian and Pakistani, with some Manchurian ??? that we didn't try) was good. We asked for spicy and it had good heat. We didn't have anything from the tandoori oven, but everything that came out of the kitchen still sizzling from the oven looked amazing.

                                                                                                                                                                              Apparently, it is run by a different wing of the family that owned Eggspectations. It looked like the family was all in/around the restaurant when we were there - which I liked.

                                                                                                                                                                              Is it the best Indian in the West Island? Likely not, but it is a very good option and I would go back without question.

                                                                                                                                                                              I think their website is www.currientale.com

                                                                                                                                                                              1. Cocobun in the Industrielle Alliance mall (under Simon's) is finally open.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. Fonduementale on St Denis Street is closing til March??
                                                                                                                                                                                  I tried to get reservations for Valentines Day they said they would be closed for an unforeseen reason