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Mar 17, 2014 12:34 PM

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Tatra Travel (3628 Saint Laurent) is in the process of becoming the 7th Patisserie Wawel. I'm undecided as to whether this is a good thing or a not good thing.

And as an aside does anyone know where the first Wawel was/is?

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  1. I believe that it was located in the old Polish neighbourhood near métro Frontenac. Don't know whether it was at the current location 2543 rue Ontario est, but certainly in the vicinity.

    At their website they say their production is there, but I swear I've seen a small industrial bakery by their name in the Marconi-Alexandra industrial zone between Petite-Italie and Parc-Ex.

    Many travel agencies have closed down recently, and it could be worse, but Wawel is becoming quite the chain.

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    1. re: lagatta

      The Wawel on Ontario & Frontenac just looks too clean and shiny. Kind of like the Dilallo's on Allard. Although now that I think about it, probably for the same reason.

      And I wasn't so much lamenting the demise of Tatra, as questioning how true to the original experience Wawel could be as a seven (and counting) outlet chain. Similar to how Dic Ann's, anyplace but Pie IX and Chomedy isn't quite the same.

      My guess is that, like Dic Ann's, they're starting in on the third generation, and dealing with all of their new ideas...

      1. re: EaterBob

        I remember going to the Ontario-Frontenac Wawel decades ago - it wasn't nearly as spiffy, and I don't remember whether it was the same exact location. There used to be an SAQ at that corner too; they might have taken it over. A friend lived there; she sent me to buy some bread.

        I know Dic Ann's is a local institution - celebrating their 60th anniversary this year - but I've never had any desire to eat there. I'd only pick up that type of burger if I was very hungry and happened to be in the neighbourhood.

        1. re: EaterBob

          I don't care if it a chain, that's 5 mins from me. Woo hoo!

          p.s. lagatta: Dic Ann's is terrible. I don't know if it's worth it even if you are in the 'hood. I had one 'cause I was hungry and it was right there (this was their truck in the port last summer), and I don't need a second one.

          1. re: Shattered

            Shattered, to be honest, the description of their burgers sounded like somewhat-edible hockey pucks. I also got the impression from their website that Domenico and Anna churned those out during the day to make a living and went home and cooked "real" food.

            Off topic but food-related: I'm eating a dish centred on Caravelle frozen nordic shrimp, $5 for a 400g bag at Metro, until Wednesday. They are very good.

      2. I started buying at Wawel over 20 years ago and I went to St Marc St

        1. Opening Soon in Laval (3600 St-Martin)a place called YOLO which will offer Cuisine Urbaine

          Probably the worse name ever for a restaurant! Expect some kind of mac n' cheese, pulled pork and other hip of the moment thing menu

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          1. There is an opening soon sign for yet another Cool & Simple next to Warsaw across the street from the Atwater Market.

            1. Chiquen Coupe (oh, how I hate that name) is still "opening soon" but the construction permit stuck to their window expired in November 2013.


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              1. re: SnackHappy

                Yes, that's been opening forever, there has to be something wrong there. But I mostly answered just to say how much I agree with you about the name, really hate it. I could not tell my friends we have to go to Chiquen Coupe...