Biarritz recently halted brunch service and now comes word that the restaurant on Saint-Laurent, corner Villeneuve, is on the market for $149,000. The "clé en main" opportunity includes alcohol permit, new equipment and "excellent" lease terms. Open since 2010, the Spanish/French/small plates/seafood restaurant never caught fire on a competitive and difficult Mile End block that includes immediate neighbour Le Comptoir.
Lesley Chesterman gave Biarritz two stars in The Gazette in 2011 and wrote at the time that "the room wasn't full so it was a bit hard to judge. Which left me wondering why wasn't the room full? Too new? A bit too noisy with the rather loud background music? Competing with a popular restaurant next door? Perhaps all of the above. Biarritz is not quite there yet but it shows promise."
The restaurant currently has five employees, led by chef and owner Stéphane Bouzaglou, whose past kitchen stints include Ferreira Café, Brunoise and Daniel in New York. If sold, the management of Biarritz will not stay on.