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After the Fire: Pintxo to Rise From the Ashes in August

Good news for Le Plateau-Mont-Royal diners.

The scene at Pintxo in April
The scene at Pintxo in April

Three months after Pintxo was forced to close as a result of a five-alarm blaze, the popular and well-regarded restaurant has announced it will return. Management made this statement on Facebook on July 3. "It's done! We have found and signed for a new location right in the middle of the plateau Mont Royal. We will of course give you all the details soon but for now we are really focusing in gathering all the permits as well as working with our friends at ActDesign in preparing the renovations of the place. We estimate be ready by the end of August. Pintxo is back !!! #‎Pintxoreloaded‬"

Pintxo was the latest quality restaurant in Le Plateau-Mont-Royal to fall victim to misfortune when a fire broke out above the premises on April 13. Damas was gutted by a suspicious fire in February and reopened last week in Outremont. Thai Grill recently closed after 20 years in business after a water main disaster. Pintxo principal Miguel Aguilar was understandably devastated by the loss of his business but never doubted that he would revive the restaurant elsewhere. "[It's hard to believe this happened] just three weeks before our 10th anniversary," Aguilar told Eater at the time. "But you'll see, we'll come back."

Indeed. Pintxo redux will be located in a newly renovated space in the Plateau. Aguilar divulged today that it will be a 32-seater with a terrasse. And good news: chef Alonso Ortiz will return to run the Spanish restaurant.

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