OLD MONTREAL — Late-night Old Port staple Restaurant Plaza McGill has shuttered after 40 years on the corner of McGill Street and Notre-Dame Street West. Its owners announced the closure in December via a sign in the window: “retirement has called us,” it reads. “Thank you for your support and loyalty all along the years.” The restaurant was known for its no-frills diner fare and friendly service.
LITTLE BURGUNDY — Local chain Le Gros Luxe has quietly closed the doors on its Sud-Ouest location, bringing its total number of locations across Quebec down to seven. The Notre-Dame Street West location of the restaurant, known for its hearty comfort food, decadent caesars, and otherwise indulgent eats — is no longer. The reasoning behind the closure remains unknown (and management has not responded to Eater Montreal’s request for comment) but one thing’s for sure: If you’re craving Le Gros Luxe, you still have plenty of other options.
THE VILLAGE — Ontario street Pâtisserie G&G announced its closure in December. Known for its cakes, cupcakes, festive holiday fare, and elaborate catering, the pastry shop served Montrealers for 10 years. “It has been a real pleasure to share these moments with all of you,” the owners wrote in a Dec. 27 Facebook post. A new patisserie or chocolaterie would be opening in G&G’s absence, they announced, but specific details are yet to be confirmed.
WEST ISLAND - Family-owned Bistrot Merlot joins the list of spots to shutter in December, also announcing its closure on Facebook. The Kirkland restaurant opened in 2010 and became a local favourite, known for its Italian dishes and eclectic takes on bistro food. The restaurant also catered and held regular tapas nights and table d’hote specials. The owners called the move to close an “extremely tough decision” in their Dec. 20 Facebook post.