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Montreal Clubs Plan Protest to Get Back on the Dance Floor

Plus, Southern California eatery Le Mariachi shutters, refugee-run caterer Les Filles Fattoush debuts a cookbook, and a Saint-Henri dépanneur is now offering candy featured in Squid Game

people in club with blue lights Flyjin/Facebook

A group of Montreal nightclubs have joined forces to put on a protest against the ongoing ban on dancing in Quebec venues. Popular nightlife spots affected by the regulation, like Stereo, Le Salon Daomé, Flyjin, and Le Belmont, among others, have created a Facebook event for a parade of floats, performers, “very loud” music, and lights, set to take place on October 23, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning on Avenue du Parc and Duluth. As of Tuesday morning, 1.7 thousand responded that they’d be attending.

Announcing the parade-protest on Facebook, Stereo explained: “We believed the freedom to gather and dance would come upon full vaccination. That all or most restrictions would be removed with the implementation of the vaccine passport. Nothing happened.” The sentiment is shared by more than 5,000 others who’ve signed a Change.org petition also seeking the lifting of the ban on dancing, Cult MTL reports.

Dance clubs aren’t alone in disputing what they deem to be a glaring dissonance in the government’s assignment of coronavirus restrictions. As of October 8, international superstars like Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin can now perform to a crowd of 14,885 at Montreal’s Bell Centre, but the province’s small-scale venues remain at half capacity. As reported last week, bar association NABQ is among those calling on Quebec to allow restaurants and bars to open until 3 a.m. and operate at full capacity, given the recent easing of measures in other industry sectors.

Les Filles Fattoush, Now Also a Cookbook

Syrian refugee-run catering company (and Jean Talon Market food stall) Les Filles Fattoush has just released a French-language cookbook collecting 80 recipes for everything from kibbeh to their namesake fattoush, as well as portraits of the women behind the venture. The Les Filles Fattoush recipe book is now available in bookstores and online, via their website, for $29.95.

Little Italy Restaurant Run by MasterChef Winner Closes

Eleven-month-old Southern Californian restaurant Le Mariachi held its last service over the weekend. The restaurant, owned by MasterChef Season 8 winner Dino Angelo Luciano and Sarah Tee (formerly Bowhead, Umami Ramen) and located on Bélanger Street, announced the news last week on Instagram, explaining, “It’s been a rocky year, filled with joy and love, but we have to be realistic and accept that all our work and efforts won’t be enough to keep our small family restaurant afloat with the restrictions we’ve been given.”

Netflix’s Squid Game Gives Saint-Henri Dépanneur a Sweet New Idea

Dépanneur Claude & Claudette in Saint-Henri is seeing some success with its latest food offering: dalgona, the Korean sugar candy featured in episode three of massive Netflix hit Squid Game, where characters are tasked with carefully carving out a shape from the crunchy candy using a sewing needle — or die. After binge-watching the dystopian series, owner Robert Kim and his wife posted to social media that they’d be offering the sweet snack at their shop — within an hour they’d nearly sold out, Global News reports.

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