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Café Ferreira Owners Will Close Their Casual Place-des-Arts Restaurant — and Other Closures

Also closed: a charming Little Italy taco-and-guédille spot

Grilled octopus on Taverne F menus.
Grilled octopus
Taverne F/Facebook

QUARTIER DES SPECTACLES — The Ferreira restaurant group (Café Ferreira, Café Vasco de Gama) is set to close down its Place-des-Arts restaurant Taverne F early in the New Year. The group announced the impending shutter on social media, with father-daughter pair Carlos and Sandra Ferreira noting that they opted not to renew their lease on the space for the casual Portuguese eatery. Taverne F occupies a particularly prime spot in Place-des-Arts — it sits on Jeanne-Mance Street alongside the Contemporary Art Museum, with large windows facing out to Place des Festivals. One other restaurant, Brasserie T (owned by the Toqué group) is located in a similar space, right alongside Taverne F. Its final day of service will be January 15, 2020 — given that the space is specifically designed for a restaurant, it the Quartier des Spectacles administration will lease it out to a new (and possibly notable) tenant. In a statement to Eater, a representative noted that they are open to a wide range of restaurants (but not franchises or chains), and that interested restaurateurs are invited to contact them for more information.

LITTLE ITALY — Not one, but two modern north-side taco restaurants are departing Montreal’s food scene — after Mile End’s Maïs announced its closure last week, now Fortune has checked out. Known for the interesting combo of tacos and guédilles (lobster rolls), it’s occupied its St-Laurent space by the corner of Beaubien for five years, and plated its last tortillas on December 14. It seems that its owners are planning something new for the space — the restaurant’s closure announcement linked to a page where customers can sign up to a mailing list to find out what’s coming “après Fortune”.

Pizzeria Melrose/Facebook

PLATEAU — Well, that didn’t last long: After comfortably less than a year, NDG pizzeria Melrose has closed down its Plateau location, which opened in the former Laika space on St-Laurent in March this year. The original, on Sherbrooke West, is very much still open.

LITTLE ITALY — The future of reputable gastronomic spot Salmigondis seems to be up in the air. The restaurant closed in late September with a promise to reopen after a short break for renovations, according to a message on the restaurant’s voicemail at the time. However, that message, which suggested that the closure would last just a few weeks, has disappeared from the restaurant’s phone line. That said, its phone line is still connected, and its website and social media pages are still online, suggesting that it may still be a temporary closure; we’ve reached out for an update but have not yet heard back.

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