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Pataterie Chez Philippe Ends Its 59-Year Run — And More Montreal Closures This Spring

Including Mile-Ex restaurant Manitoba, which confirms it is permanently shutting down following months on hiatus

fast food on yellow table Pataterie Chez Philippe/Facebook

This is a running list of Montreal restaurants that permanently closed in spring 2022. Did we miss something? Send us a tip at montreal@eater.com.

May

Pataterie Chez Philippe

This essential Centre-Sud casse-croûte — and authority on Michigan hot-dogs, stacked sandwiches, and all things poutine — held its last day of service May 11, cutting its final days even shorter than initially planned. On April 28, owners posted to Facebook announcing the restaurant’s closure, saying that “all good things must come to an end.” That end was set for May 13, but broken restaurant equipment hastened the closure. The family-run operation opened on Atateken Street (then Amherst) in 1962, serving $0.20 steamés — “$0.05 more than elsewhere because the sausage was bigger,” according to its website. Owner and granddaughter to Pataterie Chez Philippe founder Mélanie Hachez tells Urbania she’ll miss all the the laughter behind the counter and seeing her regular customers, but is looking forward to spending time with her family in a different context.

Manitoba

After months on hiatus, noteworthy Mile-Ex restaurant and proponent of terroir-driven cuisine Manitoba has confirmed that it will not be reopening. Owners Frédéric Fortin, Elisabeth Cardin, and Simon Cantin shared the news in a statement posted to social media on May 11, thanking staff and patrons for a memorable eight years. But now, they note, it’s time they “go play in the forest, where we feel our best.”

April

Le Cagibi

Queer café and community space Le Cagibi announced that it is permanently closing later this spring, following some already-scheduled events. The team cited eviction from its current Little Italy location as the primary reason for its closure. Read more here.

Le Fricot

Little Burgundy’s cozy Acadian seafood spot Le Fricot called it quits on April 10 — a decision prompted by inflation. Read more here.

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