Almost a month after it was forced to close by a chimney fire, Antonio Park’s eponymous and much-loved sushi restaurant Park is open again as of today.
A four-alarm fire which broke out next door to Park in Lavanderia (another of Park’s restaurants) last month caused enough damage to keep both restaurants closed, alongside Souf Chef, Park’s grocer slash prêt-à-manger spot in the same Westmount location.
And because Park is a great guy, he kept supporting his staff throughout their period of forced unemployment.
Park tells Eater that his restaurant will take on a seven day opening for this month, except for December 24 and 25, and New Year’s Day. Saturdays and Sundays will feature Lavanderia’s brunch menu, “to keep the esprit of Lavanderia alive”, in Park’s words.
Park used to close on Sundays, although it may stay open seven days as long as Lavanderia is closed — but that’s yet to be confirmed. Park says it would provide the opportunity to give Lavanderia staff at least some work.
I'm proud and happy to announce the re-opening of @parkresto tomorrow, Monday for regular business hours I would like to also thank all my Park family for believing in me and helping me day and night to make this dream continue, I Love You ❤️ My deepest gratitude goes out to friends, family, and loyal clients who have shown their generous support throughout this challenging time. Every kind thought, text, phone call, shoutout on social media has given us more power and encouragement than anyone can imagine. I am completely and utterly proud of how strong and beautiful our community is. #feelingblessed #feelingthelove #fortheloveofthegame
Park’s meatier, Argentinian-tinged Lavanderia — which was much more extensively damaged in the fire — does not have a reopening date set yet.