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30-Year-Old Plateau French BYOB Shuts Down — and Other Closures

Including the departure of a French brasserie in Côte-des-Neiges

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PLATEAU — After three decades in the biz, it seems that French staple La Colombe has closed. The reliable little bring-your-own-wine restaurant on Duluth at the corner of St-Hubert has not responded to calls, and during regular Friday evening service hours, its lights were off, not a soul was inside, and no notice of the closure was posted on the door — however, blog Un Soir à Montréal reports that the shutter is because mononymous chef-owner Mouss decided to retire.

CÔTE-DES-NEIGES — In other closed-down French restaurant news, classic-leaning brasserie Les Tontons Flingueurs has departed the CDN restaurant scene, vacating its premises on Côte-des-Neiges Road. It was in business there for just over ten years.


ST-HENRI — Fusiony Notre-Dame West restaurant Cho is no longer. It opened six years ago amidst a rush of restaurants towards the city’s southwest. Although Eater received tips saying that the business had been sold in 2019 but would remain open, that has not proved to be the case, and Cho quietly closed its doors without making any public announcement.

ST-HENRI — A little further east on that Notre-Dame strip, Portuguese tapas spot Lisboa Porto (formerly known as Bitoque) has shut down. A notice on the restuarant’s website confirms this, recommending that would-be customers visit Boca Boa Grill in Pointe-St-Charles to get their fix.

SHAUGHNESSY VILLAGE — Reliable Vietnamese restaurant Pho Saigon VIP has papered over its windows and closed down — no explanation was given beyond a “fermé” sign on the door.

DOWNTOWN — It appears that Toronto rice noodle import Yunshang has killed off its Montreal restaurant on Bishop Street — the phone number for the restaurant directs to a complete stranger, and business listings for the company in Quebec state that it was dissolved at the beginning of February. The Canadian chain had plans to open in Brossard, so it would appear that those are no longer going ahead.

DOWNTOWN — Mostly lunch-oriented resto Kevino (also known as Kevino at Daylight Factory) has checked out of St-Alexandre Street. A notice is posted to the door noting that it had “ended operations”, although no reason for the closure was given.

DOWNTOWN — Oh là là: Sainte-Catherine Street crêperie Paris Crêpe is closed.

VILLAGE — Locally-grown chocolate magnate Cacao 70 has closed its Village location, although the chain’s website says it’s only temporary.

Dinh Dinh

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