MILE END — Montreal is down one Guyanese food option now that Cuisine Caraibe Delite has sadly called it quits. In a message posted to the restaurant’s Facebook page on June 22, owners Bo and Rita thanked customers for their support over the years — the roti-and-more shop has been open since 2005 — and shared that they were “looking forward to [their] retirement.” For anyone with a hankering for the Parc Avenue spot’s jerk chicken, the owners say that other Guyanese mainstay, Le Jardin du Cari on St-Laurent, will be dishing out the meal, along with some of Caraibe Delite’s other recipes.
PLATEAU — Iconic Portuguese eatery Romados quietly announced its closure on Friday, June 11, in a comment appearing under the last post on its Facebook page. The comment reads, “Romados is permanently closed. It was our honour to serve you for over 2 decades. This decision was imposed upon the business and not by choice.” Read more here.
OLD MONTREAL — Acclaimed seafood-centric basement restaurant Le Bremner officially closed earlier this month, with the news shared on owner Chuck Hughes’ social media accounts on June 7. Hughes pointed to a conflict with his landlord and ceaseless repairs as the reasons for the closure. Read more here.
LITTLE ITALY — On June 3, just under a week before bars were OKed to open their terrasses, 25-year-old Bellechasse Street institution VV Tavernä announced “with a heavy heart” that it would be ceasing operations. The Facebook post announcing the news explained that the decision was precipitated by the pandemic and the red tape surrounding its terrasse permit and capacity limitations. The news was met with an outpouring of disappointment from patrons — many recalling its legendary dance parties.
VILLAGE — With its lease coming due on June 30, Station Ho.st, the bar belonging to L’Assomption brewery Hopfenstark, decided it was time to permanently close its doors. The news came on May 26, in a Facebook post, where a message from the team said (originally in French): “Hopfenstark beer was the foundation of Station Ho.st and, although it’s not like tasting it at the bar counter, our beer is now available everywhere in Quebec.” Station Ho.st had been slinging its brews out of the Ontario Street space since 2013.