The new year is bringing new challenges to one of Montreal's favourite bakeries, Guillaume Bakery, in the Mile End. A fire on the morning of January 6 has forced the bakery to close its doors for now. No date has been given for re-opening; the facilities will be unusable for at least a week.
Owner Guillaume Vaillant posted a video to the bakery's Instagram page later that afternoon to share the news with its following of loyal customers who have come to know the Saint-Laurent institution for its iconic bright yellow walls and delicious food.
MTL Blog reached out to the team on January 7 to make sure everyone is OK and find out if there are any updates.
For now, the team is waiting to hear from the insurance company whether they can begin basic repair work, which they think they'll know by as early as later this afternoon.
"If all goes well, we think that we could at least produce our essential production even if the premises cannot accommodate customers as before," Vaillant told us.
The bakery is still continuing its plans for expansion that began in the summer, including updated facilities to increase production, opening "daytime production" and getting products into local grocery stores.
Many across the city know Guillaume for its artisanal bread and decadent pastries.
Vaillant said an announcement will likely be made by the end of the day, so be sure to check the page to find out more.