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Park-Ex Greek Staple Tripoli Has Closed

Plus, Taco Bell confirms its Quebec exit and some uncertainty for karaoke and fondue fans in Saint-Michel

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Long-standing Park-Ex restaurant and under-the-radar Montreal institution Tripoli has called it quits. The family-run Greek spot on Saint-Roch Street, known for its rustic platters of fried calamari and grilled lamb chops, posted a brief farewell message to its Facebook page over the weekend: “After 12+ years, we have decided to end our journey at Tripoli Restaurant,” the owners say in the post. Sokratis and Evie Kokkinos bought the restaurant in 2010, but it had been a fixture for far longer, having opened in 1985.

Taco Bell Confirms Its Quebec Closures

The purveyor of 5-layer burritos and cheesy chalupas confirmed suspicions on Friday that it has decided to exit the province. Responding to CJAD producer Marissa Ramnanan’s question on Twitter about the chain’s presence in the province, Taco Bell said, “Our Quebec locations are closing. We love all of our Quebecois fans and hope to see you again soon [heart emoji].”

The chain opened its first location in the province, in Montreal’s West Island, 15 years ago, and eventually added outposts in Côte-Vertu and the South Shore — all in spaces shared with PFK (Kentucky Fried Chicken) outlets, also operated by Yum! Brands. Though the fast-food juggernaut is only now acknowledging the closures, reviews left on the locations’ Google listings suggest that they’ve been closed for months. Eater has reached out to Taco Bell to inquire about the reason for its departure.

The closest locations are now those in Hawkesbury and Cornwall, Ontario, and St.Alban’s, Vermont.

The Building Housing Fondue and Karaoke Mash-Up Zoé Is Up for Sale

Will Montrealers soon be out of a spot to simultaneously enjoy pots of bubbling cheese fondue and performances from amateur songsters? Silo 57 reports that the building that houses Saint-Michel’s Bar Zoé Fondues Karaoke & Cocktails is on the market, noting that it’s unclear what that means for the unconventional haunt, which has been around since 1999. That said, in a New Year’s Day message posted to Zoé’s Facebook page, the business said it would be back in business once provincial restrictions are lifted. Eater has reached out to Zoé for comment.