CÔTE-DES-NEIGES — No-fuss burger joint Uniburger is no longer open in Côte-des-Neiges; its location by the Jewish General Hospital quietly closed down in recent weeks after around five years in business. Owner Younes Bengeloune tells Eater that the lease for the space on Côte-des-Neiges Road ended, and he decided not to renew. Yet there’s no need to fear for the future of that popular patty purveyor — Bengeloune says there are “a few locations in the pipeline for 2020”. There are no details on where those might be yet, but they’re a-coming. Meanwhile, two locations for the business are still flipping patties — the original in the Latin Quarter, and another in St-Henri. There’s also Unibar in Old Montreal, which isn’t technically the same, but serves up some very similar, simple burgers.
PETITE-PATRIE — Spanish-leaning brunch and lunch nook Fixe has closed down on the St-Hubert Plaza. After eight years in the biz, its final service was in late September. A post on Facebook stated that the bistro’s family owners are moving on to “new adventures” and that the restaurant would be transformed into...something. (No precise details have been offered up on that front.)
CENTRE-SUD — Cozy Fullum Street French restaurant Le Petit Bistro is being flipped into something new. It closed down at the beginning of the month, but the same ownership team will keep the space and pivot into Italian food with a new restaurant, Le Rose-Marie, which is opening this week.
MILE END — A small update about the future of the former Thazard, which closed earlier this month: It’s set to become a part-ramen restaurant, part-izakaya — Jumpei Iwakiri, who owns downtown ramen spot Schlouppe Bistro Nakamichi, currently holds the lease on the St-Laurent space. He closed down Schlouppe recently, but a restaurant with elements of Schlouppe’s format will take over the Thazard space. (Iwakiri also owned Thazard in its final months, although the restaurant rotated through various other owners in its five years in business.)
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