Iconic bagel bakery St-Viateur Bagel is set to close its Monkland Avenue location later this winter.
According to the Montreal Gazette, St-Viateur was unable to renegotiate its lease with real estate company Développement Métro Montreal Corporation, the owners of the NDG building housing the St-Viateur Bagel & Café.
The location, in the Monkland Village, has been open for some 18 years. After its expected closure in March, there will be four locations of the famed 51-year-old bagelry open to the public: the original Mile End location on St-Viateur Street, its smaller support bakery a couple of blocks along, the similar St-Viateur Bagel & Café on Mont-Royal Avenue, and its newest location, another café in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, in the West Island.
The bakery also has a production facility in Laval that makes bagels specifically to supply grocery stores.
St-Viateur co-owner Nick Morena indicated to the Gazette that they’d like to find an alternate location in NDG, although there’s no timeline for that yet.
The company that owns St-Viateur’s Monkland building seems to primarily deal with more corporate tenants: on its website, it bills a number of chains as its “anchor stores”, including Jean-Coutu, Pharmaprix, Subway, grocery store Metro, the SAQ, and Couche-Tard. Is St-Viateur being pushed out to make way for one of those? Well, there’s no word on that, but it certainly seems like a possibility.
- All St-Viateur Bagel coverage [EMTL]
- St. Viateur Bagel’s Monkland bakery to close in March [Montreal Gazette]