MILE END — Hamburger restaurant QDC Burger gatecrashed St-Viateur Street two months ago with its pricy burgers, and it brought something new with it — one of those murals with a pair of wings, made for insufferable Instagrammers to stand underneath for photographs while simultaneously promoting beef in bread. (Some pretty darn similar murals also exist in other major cities like Toronto, Nashville, and Los Angeles). However, it seems local anarchists are not such fans of the selfie industrial complex, and promptly graffitied a logo over it. Looks like QDC owner Peter Morentzos — known for hosting body sushi nights at his steakhouse Queue de Cheval — will have to dip into his advertising fund (previously spent on photos of scantily clad women, comparing them to meat) to repaint it. And in any case, the wings are still visible, so would-be influencers can show their enthusiasm for abolishing the government on Instagram, if they choose.
HOCHELAGA — In other vandalism news, Ontario Street newcomer Hélicoptère had several of its windows smashed one night last week — while TVA pinned it to anti-gentrification activists, there was really no indication left behind about the motives.
OLD MONTREAL — In better news, well-reviewed new dining destination Pastel earned honours from culinary award-givers Gold Medal Plates — props went to chef-owner Jason Morris and sommelier Renée Ohagan for the restaurant’s Canadian sake pairing.
POINTE-CLAIRE — After months of fuss surrounding its closure, it seems that long-time Pointe-Claire village bar the Pioneer may not be set for demolition after all: according to the Gazette, the condo development that was meant to take its place has been put on ice for now, partly due to complaints from locals about the project.
LATIN QUARTER — Cocktail competition Made With Love is establishing itself as more of a nightlife industry player, as it’s preparing to open its own bar school. Located on St-Laurent near de Maisonneuve, it’ll start offering classes (with a focus on cocktails) in November.
OTTAWA — Is smoked meat becoming an un-trendy food? The owners of one Ottawa restaurant (one of whom is a descendant of the founder of small smoked meat chain Dunn’s) sure think so, saying their business has dried up.
- Very Expensive Steakhouse Plots Burger Joint For Mile End [EMTL]
- Infamous Montreal Steakhouse Likens Women to Cuts of Beef [EMTL]
- Un restaurant du quartier Hochelaga-Maisonneuve ciblé par des vandales [TVA]
- Pointe-Claire Mainstay the Pioneer Shuts Its Doors to Morph Into Condos [EMTL]
- Pointe-Claire Village condo project put on hold [Montreal Gazette]