ALL OVER — At least four businesses in the restaurant and food world will close their doors on Friday (September 27) to mark the massive climate strike and march that will likely shut down parts of the city (particularly the Plateau and east side of downtown). With an estimated 300,000 people planning to protest, it’s likely that other restaurants and cafés will be operating with fewer staff than normal. Know of any other places planning to shut their doors to join the protest? Send us a note.
- Plateau chocolaterie Les Chocolats de Chloé was among the first to make the call, announcing a full closure for the protest.
- Last week, Petite-Patrie restaurant Santa Barbara also announced that it would shut its doors for the day.
- Little Italy café Le Cagibi will close, with an announcement on Facebook that it will “take action as a business to examine and counter our own environmental impact” — it’s also throwing a poster painting party Thursday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. to prepare.
- St-Henri épicerie Olive announced just today that it would be closed all of Friday
- Coffee shop Paquebot will also close all three of its locations (Rosemont, Mile End, Old Montreal) from noon for the strike.
- Plateau café Santropol will be closed from 2 to 5 p.m., with a last-minute poster making event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Mile End’s Café Melbourne will be closed for the day.
- Sandwich counter Dépanneur Le Pick-Up will close in the afternoon, with sign-making happening in the morning.
- Petite-Patrie’s Café 8 Oz will close from noon.
- Vegetarian chainlet Lola Rosa will partially close — all four of its locations will be out of action (and presumably at the protest) from 2:30 to 5 p.m.
PLATEAU — Iconic Québécois lunch counter La Binerie has closed temporarily to move locations, after 80-odd years in its Mont-Royal Avenue location. Per Le Journal de Montréal, it should reopen on St-Denis at Rachel in October, with the new, official name La Binerie St-Denis.
DOWNTOWN — Mega restaurant Taverne Moderne 1909 (notably owned by the Montreal Canadiens and team owner, Geoff Molson) has tinkered with its format — after renovations, it’s now officially named Taverne 1909 signé St-Hubert. So, in short, it’s a hybrid sports bar and location for the St-Hubert rotisserie chicken chain. That’s quite the feat of synergy for its corporate part-owner, RECIPE (formerly known as Cara), which owns a pile of other chains like Harvey’s and Swiss Chalet.
GRIFFINTOWN — Notre-Dame W restaurant Meatball House (formerly Nini Meatball House) has rebranded as Au Tournant, although the menu and general approach has not substantially changed. Also changing is nearby Greek resto Petros — it’s moving from its Notre-Dame location to 1613 William Street.
BOOKSTORES — Excellent Montreal pastry chef Patrice Demers (owner of Patrice Pâtisserie) has a new book out this week — named Parcours Sucré, it’s partly a recipe book, but also recounts Demers’ encounters with producers, chefs, and others that have inspired and motivated him.
LITTLE BURGUNDY — Major natural wine fair Raw Wine will return to Montreal for its second year this October. It’s going down October 24 and 25 (Thursday and Friday) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is open to the public — tickets are $70 for one day or $110 for both days and includes tastings; a cheaper “trade ticket” is on offer for people in the wine industry.
SOUTH SHORE — Cadillac-Fairview-owned mall Promenades St-Bruno has somewhat upgraded its food offerings, with the introduction of Le Marché des Promenades, featuring vendors such as doughnut-maker Beignes d’Antan, brewery St-Houblon, and Japanese cheesecake spot Yoko.