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City Shuts Down Griffintown Ping Pong Bar After Permit Error

And the city reportedly isn’t offering help After six weeks of deliberation, the Sud-Ouest borough has ultimately shut down Notre-Dame West ping pong bar Playground after realizing the bar was mistakenly issued a bar permit for a building...Show More Summary

Verdun Loses One of Its Few Bars as Balconville Closes Permanently

But the people behind it have something else in the works Verdun’s number of bars has just shrunk by 25 percent, as pub Balconville announced that it will not be reopening after major water damages on its premises earlier this winter. Balconville...Show More Summary

The Founder of Venerable Steakhouse Gibbys Has Died

Gilbert “Gibby” Rosenberg, the founder of mainstay Montreal and Saint-Sauveur steakhouse Gibbys, has died aged 86. The Gazette reports that Rosenberg died from a heart attack last Thursday (March 1) in his home in Westmount. Hundreds...Show More Summary

Prominent Radio Host’s West Island Restaurant Has Shuttered — and Other Closures

Including a Mile End seafood spot that is gone a few months after its co-owner died POINTE-CLAIRE — Bistro Pointe-Claire, the restaurant co-owned by CHOM’s morning radio man Terry DiMonte, has checked out of Pointe-Claire Village. As...Show More Summary

Critic: Hôtel Herman Crew Shine Bright At Their Plateau Brewpub

Also, a South Shore restaurant delivers tasty French-Moroccan plates It’s been a little over a year since beloved Mile End restaurant Hôtel Herman was closed after being forced out of its premises, and the same amount of time since those...Show More Summary

Grinder Owners Unveil New Seafood Restaurant For Griffintown

Makro has a talented chef at the helm The owners of meaty Griffintown restaurant Grinder and Hachoir on the Plateau have a new seafood destination, Makro Pêcheries (or just Makro), open as of March 1 (Thursday). Makro takes over theShow More Summary

Employees Criticize Cheap Eats Chain, Alleging Unpaid Hours

L’Gros Luxe gets in hot water with a Longueuil employee Radio-Canada is reporting that at least one location of Montreal-based cheap eats chain L’Gros Luxe has been skirting labour laws by requiring employees to be at the workplace early...Show More Summary

10 Montreal Restaurants Are on Yelp’s ‘Best of Canada’ Rankings

The Yelpers have spoken Consumer review site Yelp has done some number crunching and figured out the top-rated Canadian restaurants on its site, featuring ten Montreal establishments. This is the third year that Yelp has dropped this kind of country-wide top 100 list (see 2017 here, and 2016 over here). Show More Summary

So What’s It Like Working the Late Shift in Montreal’s Restaurants?

Talking to the people churning out poutine and more into the wee hours Montreal is a city that sleeps. Unlike certain metropolises, the streets of this quaint urban centre fall quiet beyond a certain hour on most nights. Yet for theShow More Summary

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Is Just an Unexciting Chain, Says NY Critic

Two stars for the NYC outpost of a famed chef’s expensive restaurant

Look At Martin Picard’s Oh-So-Rustic Latest, La Cabane d’à Côté

Take a trip to the woods Martin Picard, the chef and owner of famed Québécois food temple Au Pied de Cochon has a new restaurant, La Cabane d’à Côté — and while it’s been open a couple of weeks, it has remained fairly mysterious. Until...Show More Summary

Say Hola to Córdova, St-Henri’s New Spanish Snack and Coffee Spot

Co-owned by Café Myriade’s founder All-purpose café-bar Córdova has finally arrived on Notre-Dame West in St-Henri, with coffee, tapas, conservas, and in the near future, cocktails. As reported last summer, Córdova comes from a trioShow More Summary

Le Mousso is Opening a Wine-Oriented Nook on Ontario Next Month

And Le Mousso will get new digs Big news from chef Antonin Mousseau-Rivard’s Village/Centre-Sud headquarters: he has a new, more casual venue in the works for March. There’s a number of changes going on here — the big one is that the...Show More Summary

Nora Gray’s New Sister Restaurant Scoops Up Stars in its First Review

While a Mile End newcomer flounders with experimentation That didn’t take long: Elena, the new casual pizza (and more) restaurant from two Nora Gray owners, earned its review this week. And the Notre-Dame West destination of the moment scores big from Le Devoir critic Jean-Philippe Tastet. Show More Summary

Has Le Journal de Montréal Axed Its Restaurant Reviews?

Critic Thierry Daraize has left the building Montreal’s most-read newspaper, Le Journal de Montréal, may have ditched restaurant reviews from its food and dining line-up. It’s not entirely clear what’s going on with the tabloid newspaper’s food section, but one thing is for sure: critic Thierry Daraize is no longer a critic with the newspaper. Show More Summary

Quebec to Allow More Restaurants to Serve Booze Without Food This Summer

An overhaul of the restaurant permit rules Quebec’s provincial government is overhauling the rules governing restaurant permits, meaning it’s going to be easier for restaurants to serve booze to guests. CBC (among others) reports that...Show More Summary

11 Great ‘Parent-Friendly’ Restaurants in Montreal

Free of loud music and bar stools with no backs Choosing a restaurant that parents will love — or perhaps in laws — can be tough. And we’re talking parents of adult children (in their middle age and beyond), not parents with young children. It’s...Show More Summary

The Essential Guide to Eating in NDG

More like Notre-Dame-de-Bouffe Food-wise, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (NDG) may not be thought of as one of Montreal's great food zones, relative to 'hoods like the Plateau and Old Montreal, loaded with some of the city's culinary icons. Yet...Show More Summary

Au Pied de Cochon’s ‘Shack Next Door’ Is Up and Running

And there’s still space The latest from star Montreal chef Martin Picard is here — La Cabane d’à Côté opened its doors in recent days adjacent to the longer-running Au Pied de Cochon sugar shack in St-Benoît-de-Mirabel, 45 minutes outside...Show More Summary

Holt Renfrew is Getting a Slick French-Mediterranean Bistro This Spring

All the details on Colette Grand Café Smooth French brasserie-bistro Colette Grand Café is on its way to Montreal’s downtown Holt Renfrew store this spring — and now there’s a whole lot more details on how the department store is planning...Show More Summary

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