PLATEAU — In a blow to the Plateau’s very small steamed bun scene, Rachel Street restaurant Hào announced its closure over the weekend. Run by three siblings, Charles, Rachelle, and William Deluvio, it opened up in mid-2016 serving a tiny but delicious menu of Filipino siopao (similar to Cantonese-style bao buns). About a year ago, the trio expanded their tiny counter, taking over a space on the corner of Laval Street, but maintaining quite short hours. Only short notice was given of the closure — the final siopao were plated last Saturday (December 15), and the closure was announced on social media with the owners promising more details in the new year.
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Demain sera notre dernier jour de service au HÀO, notre petit comptoir de buns vapeur, notre quotidien depuis 2-3 ans. Nous sommes extrêmement reconnaissants d’avoir eu la chance d’ouvrir un tel projet. Mille fois merci à vous tous! -- Saturday will be the last day of service at HÀO, our small siopao counter, our everyday for the past 2-3 years. It's been quite the journey. We're extremely grateful to have had the chance to open such a place and thankful for all the help and support we got from our family, friends, and neighbours. We'll be sharing more about the entire experience after the holidays.
DOWNTOWN — Long-running Szechuan-Canadian restaurant L’Orchidée de Chine serves its final General Tao this week. The restaurant has been in business on Peel Street for just over 30 years, under Hong Kong-born siblings Eva and George Lau, who owned multiple restaurants in the city back in the ‘80s. As one of Montreal’s few higher-end Chinese restaurants, it counted figures like the Trudeaus (father and son) among its clientele. The shutter of Orchidée has been known for over a month, and the final service happens this Sunday, December 23.
CHINATOWN — Shaughnessy Village Chinese resto Little Pink Fish 2008 has also closed its doors on Ste-Catherine W, near St-Mathieu.
PLATEAU — Key French restaurant Laloux? Still closed.
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