8 Montreal Restaurants That Sadly Closed In 2020
Such a key part of the city's culture, saying goodbye to any restaurant is always painful, but to have so many gone away before their time this year has been absolutely crushing.
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In true Montreal style, the teams behind our favourite spots wanted to give their thanks from the bottom of their hearts to the communities that supported them through their journeys.
Some even let us know that perhaps this is more of a "see you soon" than a "goodbye".
In either case, we're sad to see them go, but we'll always have the beautiful memories.
Address: 1844, rue Atateken, Montreal, QC
Cuisine: Haitian, Caribbean
One of Montreal's favourite spots for authentic Haitian cuisine took to Instagram to announce that they will be closing up shop for the "foreseeable future."
"This isn't a goodbye so much as a 'see you soon,' and we want to take the opportunity to thank you."
La Récolte Espace Local
Address: 764, rue Bélanger, Montreal, QC
Initially closing for just the summer season, the restaurant announced on November 20 that the situation had forced the seven-year-old operation to say goodbye.
"It is with pride that we withdraw and want to thank you once again for your presence and support over the past few years. Looking forward to seeing each other soon!"
La Pizzaiolle Plateau's "AUTHENTIQUE DÎNER de 1952"
Address: 4801, rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC
After 28 amazing years, the 1950s-diner-turned-pizza-joint hung up its aprons at its Plateau location. Partly due to construction in the area, the pizza spot said that the pandemic definitely did not help them either. The diner is actually up for sale for anyone wanting to give the building its next adventure.
"Thank you for having participated in this wonderful adventure since 1992. We hope to see you in a future innovative restoration project."
Address: 3961, boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC
The iconic Jewish steakhouse, which has seen the city through the Second World War, political distress and many a snowstorm in its 83-year run, said goodbye for now on its Facebook page back in July.
"We can't wait to see you again."
Address: 630, rue de Courcelle, Montreal, QC
Cuisine: Tacos, street food
If there are two things Montrealers love, it's food trucks and tacos. And Grumman'78 brought both. Found in Saint-Henri, the joint brought nourishment and happiness to passersby in its ten-year endeavour. The team said goodbye on its Facebook in mid-October.
"Finally, to our beloved staff, customers and suppliers, 'thank you' cannot convey the depth of our gratitude. Grumman, in all her glory, thrived thanks to your generosity and enthusiasm, your love and loyalty. We will miss you all."
Address: 4526, ave. Papineau, Montreal, QC
This cozy spot located in the Plateau was an absolute favourite in the neighbourhood. Initially closing its doors for the first wave in March, the team said farewell on Facebook back in June.
"It's with a heavy heart but filled with pride for what I've accomplished that I say thank you for your loyalty, your smiles and all those counter conversations! Looking forward to seeing each other on the street... or in a cafe."
Address: 1862, boul. de Maisonneuve, Montreal, QC
Many knew this spot as a staple after a night out near Concordia. After eight years, GaNaDaRa announced it was the end of its journey. But not to worry — Bar Ganadara up the street (1900, rue Sainte-Catherine O.) is continuing its legacy.
"Since September 2012, we have had much love and support, more than we could ever have, from so many people. We appreciate indescribably it and want to say a big THANK YOU TO ALL."
Address: 5145, rue Wellington, Verdun, QC
Over in Verdun, Su offered the island a taste of Turkish cuisine, done in a classy, yet homey feel that made you feel like you were on a culinary adventure, whether or not you were familiar with the dishes.
Montreal Chef Fisun Ecran made the official closure announcement on June 14 on Instagram and used the post to announce the new farm-to-table concept, bika.
"I'd love to thank to everyone we worked together over the years and to our clients. All was possible thanks to you!"