PLATEAU — After 11 years of serving the Plateau, the bistro and early adopter of natural wines Les Cons Servent has decided to hang up its hat. Following an online announcement that it will be handing over the keys to new owners with well-wishing for “a new project in September”, its now ex-owner Victor Lhermitte tells Eater that health issues have prevented him from continuing any further with the restaurant. Considering the circumstances, it’s an unfortunate turn of events for the location: Montreal Gazette critic Lesley Chesterman had visited the “good ol’ neighbourhood bistro” late last year and proffered some modest praise, although she speculated that the bistro’s prospects weren’t looking so good at the time. As for that new project that was hinted at by Lhermitte? “Let’s just say that after Les Cons Servent, now, Les Cons Vivent,” he tells Eater. More details are inbound regarding what’s in store for the location in the coming weeks; stay tuned.
GRIFFINTOWN — Montreal may have seen a sharp upswing in vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options to eat across the board in recent years, but that doesn’t mean each and every one of them is a long-lasting dynasty. The neighbourhood vegetarian-vegan restaurant Bonnys from culinary instructor and gourmet vegetarian chef Bonnie Tees, a favourite in the area, appears to have served its plant-based meals and pastries. The only clue regarding its closure was the recent posting of a for-rent sign in its window, with no mention of its decision to yank down the shutters on any of its social platforms. Eater has reached out for comment, though messages have gone unanswered and the phone line appears to be inoperable from here on out. It’s been a rough year for cult favourites in this area particularly, with Ping Pong Bar being forced to close, albeit for other more bureaucratic reasons.
MILE END — Following a phone call, the Japanese restaurant Azuma has informed Eater that today marks the restaurant’s last service, as the family is no longer able to keep up with the demands of running a restaurant. It was one of the Main’s more reliable standbys for sushi, but was faced with placing a for-rent sign in the window for the last couple of weeks. Despite its prime location for residents and office workers in the area, it appears times and tastes have changed. The space is reportedly already rented out to new tenants, but there are no clues as to what’s to come yet.