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Longtime French Restaurant Chez L’Epicier Is Gone — and Other Notable Closures [Updated]

Restaurants are dropping like flies this winter

Chez L’Epicier/Facebook

OLD MONTREAL — Chef Laurent Godbout’s renowned French spot Chez l’Épicier is closed, with Montreal Info initially reporting that it’s a temporary shutter, although no clear information was posted online. But now it looks like it’s permanent: even though the restaurant’s voicemail noted that the shutter was due to “circumstances beyond our control” and for an “indefinite period” — vague, to be sure, but it suggested that a reopening was planned.

Update (Feb 26): Contradicting all the above, a press release issued by Godbout after the closure was noticed tells a different story: noting that he’s ready to take a break, Godbout writes that he’s planning a road trip across Canada and the United States, as well as some kind of vague future project in Montreal. That means Chez l’Épicier is permanently closed and apparently not coming back. For what it’s worth, its sister restaurant (by the same name) in Palm Beach, Florida, is still open, but Godbout also decided not to renew the lease on that — the Journal de Montréal writes that it’ll close down this summer.

Pintxo/Facebook

PLATEAU — After thirteen years of patatas bravas, octopus and more, tapas mainstay Pintxo has closed on Mont-Royal Avenue. The restaurant opened a little further south, on Roy, back in 2005, and upgraded to bigger digs in 2015, adding a Spanish brunch to its line-up. But it’s not the end of the road for owner Miguel Aguilar — a Facebook post from the restaurant announces some kind of “ambitious project” for downtown Montreal, to open in the summer, although few details were offered.

The Pintxo team wants to inform its customers about the closure of the restaurant on Mont-Royal Avenue. We are...

Posted by Restaurant Pintxo on Monday, January 28, 2019

PLATEAU — Right near Pintxo, big Mont-Royal Avenue pizza spot Romeo has also closed down after some 12 years on a prime space at the corner of Henri-Julien (and four years under its current ownership). The tone of the announcement — that the owners have had to give up on the project — suggests that it’s out of business.

Chers fidèles clients, Presque 12 ans d’existence pour Le ROMEO et déjà 4 ans, pour la nouvelle administration, sa...

Posted by Romeo on Wednesday, February 20, 2019

MILE END — Excellent Parc Avenue pizza and pasta nook Carboni is no longer, with owners Publio Carboni and Claudia Marchese apparently having given up on the project after about three years in order to travel and blog (the restaurant’s Facebook page has shifted tone, and now documents their travels in the Caribbean). Between this and the recent closure of Farine, Mile End is now looking pretty light on quality pizza (although Magpie is still a great bet).

Epitaph

THIS IS IT. Montreal shell of Carboni close his doors. Nomadic call to the sun is too strong. Was a fantastic adventure plenty of amazing peolple. Thank you all and we see you South. Subscribe here and take a journey with us: https://carboni.blog/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqzORkXVW920Wb1d0ou2jrw?view_as=subscriber

Posted by Carboni on Wednesday, January 16, 2019

ROSEMONT — It seems that Montreal’s appetite for cowboy-themed bars may not be that great, as Papineau Avenue brewpub À La Fût announced its closure on Thursday. No details were provided beyond the fact that the shutter is immediate and definitive. It lasted less than a year in business, but the original À La Fût, in St-Tite, is unaffected.

Chères cowgirls, chers cowboys. C’est avec tristesse que nous devons vous faire part aujourd’hui de la fermeture...

Posted by Microbrasserie À la Fût - Montréal on Thursday, February 21, 2019

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Carboni

5149 du Parc, Montréal, QC H2V 4G3 (514) 277-1919 Visit Website

Pintxo

38 Esplanade, , England PL23 1HZ Visit Website

Chez l'Épicier

311 rue Saint-Paul Est, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1H3 (514) 878-2232 Visit Website

Microbrasserie À la Fût

5889 Avenue Papineau, Montréal, QC H2G 2W5 (514) 274-4848 Visit Website

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