VERDUN — Sad news for Montreal’s Turkish food scene, as Restaurant Su is set to close before the end of the month. Chef-owner Fisun Ercan announced the news on social media on Monday, noting that Friday June 26 will be the restaurant’s final day of service after 14 years on Wellington Street. It doesn’t appear that the restaurant will reopen for dine-in service before its final day (Montreal restaurants are permitted to reopen dining rooms starting next Monday, June 22). Rather, Su will continue offering its to-go menu up until closing at the end of next week.
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It’s been 14 years since we opened @restaurant_su There is a lot to say, I can write pages and pages about everything we’ve been through all these years; hardwork, sweat and blood, joy and happiness, growing as a team, learning, teaching and a lot more... I started to work with the mission of representing Turkish cuisine, I tried to do my best to achieve this goal and obviously it’s not over. But unfortunately doing this at Restaurant Su is over. We are closing our doors permanently at 26th of June. I’d love to thank to everyone we worked together over the years and to our clients. All was possible thanks to you! On the positive side, we’ll be opening our doors at @bika_farm for a unique terroir cuisine with Turkish touches in July. We’ll communicate with you again about the opening and news soon. Until then, if you’d like to order one more time from Su’s menu, please visit our online menu page. https://restaurantsu.square.site/s/order Ça fait 14 ans que nous avons ouvert @restaurant_su et il y a beaucoup à raconter... je peux écrire des pages et des pages sur tout ce que nous avons traversé toutes ces années; travail acharné, beaucoup de sueur, joie et plaisir, grandir en équipe, apprendre, enseigner et bien plus encore ... J'ai commencé à travailler dès le début du Su avec la mission de représenter la cuisine turque, j'ai essayé de faire mon mieux pour atteindre cet objectif et évidemment ce n'est pas fini. Mais malheureusement, faire cela au Restaurant Su est terminé. Nous fermons nos portes définitivement le 26 juin. Je remercie à tous le monde qu’on a travaillé ensemble au cours des années et à tous nos clients. Tout a été réalisé grâce à vous! Du côté positif, nous ouvrirons nos portes à Bika Ferme et Cuisine @bika_farm pour une expérience unique de cuisine terroir avec des touches turques en juillet. Nous communiquerons à nouveau avec vous au sujet de la date de l'ouverture et des nouvelles. D'ici là, si vous souhaitez commander une fois de plus à partir du menu du Su, veuillez visiter notre page de menu en ligne. https://restaurantsu.square.site/s/order
Despite the timing, Su’s closure is not due to the coronavirus pandemic — the closure had reportedly been planned in advance, according to a source familiar with the restaurant. Ercan, an ambassador of sorts for Turkish cuisine in Montreal, will continue on in the culinary world. After Su, Ercan will focus her attention on her farm, Bika, in Saint-Blaise-sur-Richelieu, in between Montreal and the U.S. border, where she has plans to open a farm-to-table restaurant in some form (with a good chance it’ll become a culinary destination).
ST-HENRI — Smooth French BYOB Le Smoking Vallée has closed its doors permanently after eight years, writes Silo 57. The restaurant on Notre-Dame W made the announcement that it would not return to business on social media in late May — no word was given on whether the closure was related to COVID-19.
CENTRE-SUD — Also via Silo 57, Sainte-Catherine E co-op café Touski has closed permanently. The co-op had already been put in a difficult position in 2018 when it was pushed out of its former location on Ontario Street, and the collective members write that they consider the challenge of reopening after the coronavirus lockdown to be “insurmountable”. In a detailed Facebook post, the collective behind Touski explained the situation — with the help of crowdfunding, they managed to purchase their own property, and in the face of COVID-19, the collective is opting to close now, rather than push through and face potential bankruptcy (and therefore, the loss of the building). The current plan is to sell the building to a community organization, to ensure that the crowd-sourced funds don’t go to waste.
VILLERAY — St-Hubert Street brunch spot Le Lendemain de Veille has shuttered, citing the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown as a reason. On Facebook, its owners noted that they may still operate some kind of catering or prepared food service.
PLATEAU — Hybrid yoga studio and café Belém will close by the end of June. The hub for healthy foods and yoga classes will close June 28, and the café is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily (except Mondays) until then.
WESTMOUNT — Photogenic, allergy-friendly patisserie Petit Lapin has closed one of its two locations — baker and owner Viviane Nguyen wrote that the Victoria Avenue location of her business “didn’t survive the pandemic” and has closed permanently. Fortunately, the Outremont location, on Bernard, is back open for business, although with limited hours.