MARCONI-ALEXANDRA — Sad news for northsiders: seasonal bar Alexandraplatz will close its doors permanently at the end of its current season. The bar opened up in so-called “Mile Ex” in 2012 under the direction of Bernadette Houde and Penny Pattison, who also own nearby sandwich favourite Dépanneur Le Pick-Up. The bar is effectively being pushed out as the building housing it is undergoing a “change of vocation”, according to a post on Facebook. That building is owned by the Vieux-Montreal brewery (and also houses it) — it’s unclear if that company is taking over the full space, if the building is going to be developed into condos, or something else entirely. Alexandraplatzs’ owners tell Eater that they do not know what the plans are for the building. There seems to be a slight window for the bar to resurface elsewhere, with the official closure notice saying that it’s the end of Alexandraplatz “in its current incarnation”.
The bar, inside a converted warehouse, has become a particularly popular haunt for casual drinks in its few short years in business, even though it typically only opened between April and October; it’s also played host to a range of events such as wine-focused Weinplatz and LGBTQ event Homoplatz. An array of farewell programming is in the works and will be announced via Facebook; a final night market event will take place August 24 from 2 p.m. onwards, on Esplanade Avenue in front of the bar.
DOWNTOWN — Sherbrooke Street restaurant Le XVI XVI, known for its robot bartender, is closed after a water pipe breakage earlier this summer — and despite initial words that the closure was temporary, it seems more likely to be permanent, after equipment from the restaurant was spotted for sale in a local Facebook group, and a for lease sign has appeared on the building.
MILE END — Fresh, veggie-centric restaurant Radicelle has closed its doors on St-Laurent near St-Joseph after about a year in business. It took over the former Sir Joseph Pub last summer; a reason for the closure has not been publicly given.
NDG — A double-whammy of closures to note for the vegan crowd around NDG: casual eatery Juicy Lotus on Monkland has closed permanently. A few blocks over on Sherbrooke, Vegan Rapide is also gone, although it lives on with one other location over on Ontario in the Centre-Sud.
OLD MONTREAL — Supper club-ish dining and drinking spot Mimi La Nuit quietly closed up shop in recent months — a post on Facebook cites various reasons, blaming the city as well as construction on St-Paul Street, while also noting that the building’s owner was “not there for us”.
WESTMOUNT — Sushi spot Miso on Sainte-Catherine near Atwater has closed down.
EASTERN TOWNSHIPS — Montreal-based cheap eats chain L’Gros Luxe has had some minor growing pains, with its restaurant in Sherbrooke having filed for bankruptcy. While the company has started accepting franchisees to run its restaurants, this particular location was owned by the company itself, headed up by owner Alex Bastide.
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