VILLAGE — Charming Amherst Street bakery-café De Farine de d’Eau Fraîche has closed its doors “due to circumstances beyond [the owner’s] control, according to an announcement from the business on Facebook. The English version of the closure notice indicates that the closure is “for now” (although the French did not) — one commenter asked if the closure was permanent, and received a cryptic reply of “I hope not”, accompanied by a sad face.
PLATEAU — Just ten months after opening, the A1 Hospitality Group’s Plateau fusion spot Kozu closed its doors permanently over the weekend. The establishment, which was similar in style to downtown restaurant Jatoba, opened in June 2017 in the former Rachel Rachel space with quite an elaborate interior, and received generally warm reviews. A Facebook post announcing the closure suggests that the group will hold onto the Rachel Street space, promising a new project that is “vibrant, dynamic and well adapted for its local residents”.
LITTLE ITALY — After over three decades in business, Jean-Talon Italian classic Casa Cacciatore closed its doors in recent weeks. In its place is another Italian eatery, Boccone, which has moved from its previous location in a former bank on the corner of St-Laurent and St-Zotique, a few blocks away.
PLATEAU — Starbucks have closed several inner-north locations in the last six months, and the latest is its McGill student hot spot on Parc Avenue near Milton. (The other closures were an Outremont outlet on Van Horne, another Plateau outlet on St-Denis and Rachel, and the infamous Jean-Talon Market Starbucks). Reached by Eater, a Starbucks rep indicated that the company was not reducing its presence in Montreal or in Quebec, despite the closures.
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