WESTMOUNT — Sainte-Catherine Street brasserie or gastropub Le Gladstone closed up shop in late September, with owner Yvon Creton posting a thank-you on Facebook, but giving no further details. It opened up in late 2013, sticking to standards like bavette and tartare, although at the time, it was criticized for some very Westmount prices on the menu.
MILE EX — you knew it was coming — summery bar Alexandraplatz has closed its garage door for good. The warm-weather-only bar announced in August that this would be its final season, with the building’s owner — the Vieux Montréal brewery — taking back its space. It went out with a bang with a closing party at the end of September.
PLATEAU — After 14 years in the biz, French (with a dash of fusion) restaurant Vertige, from chef-owner Thierry Baron, has closed its doors on Duluth Street. A post on Facebook notes that the restaurant was put up for sale.
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ST-HENRI — A loss for the diversity of St-Henri’s restaurant scene: chef Bibi Ntumna’s Notre-Dame Street Congolese BYOB Gracia Afrika has closed down. A call to the restaurant confirmed the shutter.
MILE END — Pan-east-Asian small plates spot Thazard on St-Laurent has closed — a post on social media announced that Tuesday October 8 was its final day. It opened with a gleaming space in 2014 as something of an izakaya (driven by chef Hachiro Fujise), although after an ownership shuffle, it switched gears in 2017 to a more generally fusion approach, then changed owners again, with the new owner shutting it down to put something new in its place.
VILLERAY — Excellent li’l spot for Armenian “pizza” (or lahmadjoun, to be more precise) Chez Apo is closed for the medium-term, after a fire messed with operations in August. Renovations are in the works, and it should return in the winter.
MILE END — Fancy-pants wine bar M.Mme, headed by notable local chef Stelio Perombelon, has closed down. It actually closed several months ago, but in such a stealthy way that it went mostly unreported (even Google still lists it as open), and Eater readers continue to be surprised by its disappearance. No public announcement of the closure seems to have been made — the restaurant and bar opened on Laurier Avenue at the very end of 2015, drawing acclaim for its food and 700 bottle wine cellar, although it was notably very expensive.
PLATEAU — Prince-Arthur Street tartare restaurant Marché 27 is no longer — having claimed to be “the only tartare bar in the world” when it opened several years ago, it was also notable for sending at least seven customers to hospital with E. coli, although it stayed in business for over five years after that incident.
DOWNTOWN — Kind-of-Chinese restaurant Mon Chicha has departed its premises on de Maisonneuve, adjacent to Concordia University.
PLATEAU — Big ol’ grill-based restaurant La Grotte has shuttered its expansive premises on Mont-Royal at Bordeaux, confirmed by a sign plastered in its windows.
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