—After five years at the helm, SAT Foodlab chef Michelle Marek is moving on, reports La Presse. Adrien Renaud, former Laloux sous-chef who has also worked at Tuck Shop and La Salle à Manger, will be stepping in.
—Bethlehem XXX, the experimental Little Italy restaurant known for its eclectic decor and rotating guest chefs, including Thai chef Jesse Mulder of Chak Wow as of late, has shuttered. The restaurant's Facebook page announced its closing with a "Bethxxxit" extravaganza event last weekend. (h/t Chowhound)
—Le Couteau founder and owner Chris Capell is leaving the sleek lower Saint-Denis coffee shop as of July 1. Richard Baghdadlian, of Café Art Java, Café Myriade and Pikolo, and two of his protégés, Jean-Philippe Plourde and Brittany Wood, will be taking over. Stay tuned for more information on Capell's next project, the Montréal Coffee Academy, which he'll be opening with partner David Lalonde.
—Landmark Little Italy grocery store Milano is closed indefinitely following a fire Saturday afternoon ignited by a cigarette put out in a flower pot on a balcony above the store. Damage from the fire has forced out seven residents of the above apartments, while Milano's has suffered severe water damage and lost its entire inventory. "We have to throw everything out and start over," Milano co-owner, Mario Zaurinni, told CBC News. "The store needs to be cleaned [and] disinfected."
—Take heed of restaurant summer holidays that will be rolling in, and plan reservations, date nights accordingly. Joe Beef, Liverpool House and Le Vin Papillon will be closed from July 30 and reopening August 16.