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You Can Vote For The Name of Chez Boris’ Doughnutty Replacement — And Other Intel

Including more Peter Sergakis drama

Chez Boris

MILE END — Last week it was revealed that Mile End coffee and Russian doughnut spot Chez Boris would be closing by the end of April. This news came with the silver lining that the café’s workers were planning to resurrect the business in a new location, and with a new name (although it won’t be ready by the time Chez Boris closes). Now they want your input on what the project should be called. You can vote in their poll here, which contains no shortage of puns on the word beigne (French for doughnut).

MILE END — St. Laurent Boulevard salad spot Liv Salades is adding brunch to its offerings starting Saturday March 25. Fitting with the #cleansing kind of approach at Liv, it looks to be a lighter affair than most restaurants in the area. The exact menu isn’t out yet but here are some gratuitous food pics to look at, if that’s what piques your interest.

QUEBEC — Just a day ago, the SAQ announced it would stop hanging Quebec’s provincial flag in front of its stores across the province, partly as a cost-cutting measure, and partly because those flags can get pretty tattered and nasty, especially in colder winter months. Then, in an apparent display of fragile patriotism, prodded along by mouthpieces like Mathieu Bock-Côté, the liquor retailer was flooded with complaints, so the SAQ did an about-face and decided it wouldn’t get rid of the flags after all: a win for those who feel the need to gush with nationalistic pride as they shop for imported wine.

QUEBEC — Le Journal de Montréal is killing the alcohol beat this week — they’re also reporting that dépanneurs in the province are lobbying the government to be allowed to sell alcohol through to 3 a.m. in order to compete with bars — that’s instead of the current 11 p.m. cut-off (they’re also asking for permission to start selling at 6 a.m. in the morning, instead of 8 a.m.). The lobby group points to black market liquor sales via social media as proof for why they should be allowed to sell late into the evening.

VILLAGE — Bar, strip club, and sexy bar magnate Peter Sergakis has so far failed in his attempts to get Village gay club Play shut down. Sergakis invoked a 1999 bylaw requiring 25 metres between bars on Sainte-Catherine Street, arguing that Play’s proximity to his multi-storey bar Sky meant it could not operate. But because the building has continuously housed nightlife venues since before the law was put in place, it became a bit murky — the situation wasn’t helped by bureaucratic mistakes in dealing with Play and its predecessors. A judge gave Play a 60-day reprieve, but it’s not over.

VILLERAY — Casse-croûte Le Gras Dur is no stranger to encouraging people to eat large quantities of food, and they’re at it again: almost all burgers there are two-for-one for all of March, Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Nouvelle Promo de fou !!!! Pour tout le mois de Mars, les Burgers sont 2 pour 1 TOUTE LA JOURNÉE !!!!!! :D Ca commence ce SAMEDI ! ⏰

Posted by LE GRAS DUR on Friday, March 3, 2017

ROSEMONT — Need to get visiting friends or family out of your hair, but they’ve already done most of the standard tourist attractions? There’s now a Rosemont brewpub tour on offer from a local company.

Le Gras Dur

1660 Rue Jarry Est, Villeray—Saint-Michel—Parc-Extension, QC H2E 1B3 (514) 722-4727 Visit Website

Chez Boris

5151 Avenue du Parc, Montreal, QC (514) 900-1965 Visit Website