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Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

You're absolutely right that the stretch is getting much better. I've been living around (either Villeray, Parc-Ex or Little Italy) for the last 8 years or so, and the amelioration is already very noticeable (the entire Mile-Ex really).

A lot of the sketchy places have closed and I guess it's a matter of time before some better places continue popping up.

(That being said, Buffalo Bill is terrible, I've had it one time not long after it opened and I remember vowing to never eat it again).

Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

Not sure how long ago that might have happened, but Buffalo Bill on Jean-Talon in the Mile-Ex (corner Alexandria?) is closed. Terrible location there, I don't think I ever saw an actual customer inside.

The New & Improved Openings & Closings January, February and March 2015

Not a new opening in itself, but you can now reserve a somewhat big room for events/party on the second floor of McCarold's in CDN. From what I've heard, the room is very nice.

https://mchall.ca/

The New & Improved Openings & Closings January, February and March 2015

Not exactly a typical announcement for this board, but there will be an A & W opening on Côte Des Neiges between Queen-Mary and Jean-Brillant, in the former Pho 189 (or 198?), between the Subway and the Première Moisson.

With the recent-ish opening of the McDonald's, I guess the fast food offer in the neighborhood is rising.

The New & Improved Openings & Closings January, February and March 2015

Looks like the former Paparazzi from the windows/door placement (ie, right at the southwestern corner of Mozart and St-Laurent).

Food Events 2015

Tried it earlier. It's very good, although I'm not sure how I'd ranked it compared to La Cornettaria (would have to try one of those again to make sure).

The New & Improved Openings & Closings January, February and March 2015

Is Gigi really still open? I mean, I do see people once in a while, but in the summer, I pass in front at least twice daily and see it open maybe once a week, normally much less. From what I can see, it opens for the Grand Prix Festival and the Italian festival, and for some other rare occasions, but I would not say it's open with any form of regularity.

On the front door, they say they open from 11AM to 9PM, but there is absolutely no way that's true, even on the days they do open.

The New & Improved Openings & Closings January, February and March 2015

You have to think the rents have to be crazy high, because the rest of the neighborhood hasn't been doing too bad, especially around Beaubien where new restaurants and shops have been opening regularly. (Although I guess St-Zotique hasn't been that great either)

The New & Improved Openings & Closings January, February and March 2015

Cannot be much worse then the pizza/shawarma places that have been opening and closing there for the last 2-3 years (if not more).

The New & Improved Openings & Closings January, February and March 2015

Sadly, it looks like Boucherie de Paris will be closing at the end of april. They have to leave, as the building will be torn down to make way for a new bigger building (not sure if condos or office).

The owner is looking to move somewhere close, but haven't found a new place yet.

The New & Improved Openings & Closings January, February and March 2015

Kinnarie on St-Laurent (corner Shamrock) in Little Italy is closed, will be replaced by a korean and japanese restaurant named Makoto.

Sign says it should open in march.

The New & Improved Openings & Closings January, February and March 2015

This won't come as much of a surprise, considering the open letter they wrote last year complaining about being 'forgotten' but Van Horne will be closing soon.

http://montreal.eater.com/2015/3/6/81...

The New & Improved Openings & Closings January, February and March 2015

In Ahuntsic news, the former Bienville sur Chabanel will become a l'Oeufrier...

The New & Improved Openings & Closings January, February and March 2015

That whole stretch of St-Laurent in Little Italy is pretty sad, IMO. Lots of 'for rent' or 'for sale' signs, and some of them have been there for a long time. Maybe the rents are just too expensive?

I've seen recently something about a new group that would like to acquire the former Casa Napoli space to open a neighborhood movie theater, but at this point, it's only in the 'dream' stage.

The New & Improved Openings & Closings January, February and March 2015

Both news according to Eater :

- Brama in Little Italy has ceased operations. Could be due to legal problems between partners.

- Damas will relocate in Outremont, at the Corner of Van Horne and Bloomfield.

Butcher selling haggis?

I hope he was able to find some in the last ten years!

Food Events 2015

You're right about the crowd. There wasn't that much people friday night when I went, and it felt crowded already, and I've heard from friends that it was very crowded yesterday. They could probably use a slightly bigger venue, but also could have set-up the place much better. As it was, all the ciders were stuck together and hard to navigate, and there wasn't much place to sit either.

Food Events 2015

There is the Mondial du Cidre this weekend at Complexe Desjardins. While there is a showcase of artisans from Quebec (cheese and other things, didn't care too much/had the time to look really into that part), it's mostly about the cider.

It was interesting, as it allowed to taste a lot of variety from less known producers. Prices were not bad, as many tasting were for 'only' one or two tickets (with more pricey products being 3-5 tickets).

For 20$, you get a sampling glass + 10 tickets + a (very very small) shooter. Extra tickets are 1$ or 10 for 8$. I'd recommend checking it out.

Most of the booth also sell their products directly, often at a somewhat reduced price (saw a bottle that is 45$ at SAQ that was 40$ or 3 for 100$).

If you like calvados, try the Domaine Pinnacle Reserve 1859. It's a superb calvados-cider mix, well worth the five tickets to taste. There was another cider (can't remember the name or the cidrerie) that you tasted both cold and hot to bring out different flavours, was actually pretty interesting too.

Pizza Napoletana

I've been fairly regularly in the last 3-4 years, last time in november, and can't say I've noticed anything like this. Maybe you went on a 'bad' night? Or they changed something, but more recently?

The New & Improved Openings & Closings January, February and March 2015

I liked 3 minots too for the Karaoke, but I would think a little bit of renovation wouldn't hurt (especially the bathrooms, which were disgusting).

I've been there multiple time in the last year or so, and some days it would be next to full, and the next time basically empty. Hopefully they'll reopen soon.

The New & Improved Openings & Closings January, February and March 2015

That's great news!

Best Montreal "Steamies" these days? Greasiest and yummiest Patate Frites?

Journal de Montréal just did a bunch of articles on this, for whatever its worth.

Personally, I normally get some from Beaubien Nouveau Système (because it's the closest to home) or from Lafleur if I'm around Square St-Louis (normally if I go out). Not sure any of them are 'special' though in term of steamés. I do like the fries at both places though, so there's that.

http://www.journaldemontreal.com/2015...

The New & Improved Openings & Closings January, February and March 2015

Always thought it was a strange fit, with a huge room. Went there once every other month or so, and I can't say I've ever seen more then 8 persons inside.

Last time I went there (november or so), I noticed they had increased the price quite considerably, a big poutine going from 11.99 to 13.99 or so (don't remember exactly), so I guess the writing was on the wall.

The New & Improved Openings & Closings January, February and March 2015

Not really an opening, but La Binerie Mont-Royal is now open from 8PM to midnight from thursday to saturday.

http://www.nightlife.ca/2015/01/20/pe...

Where to buy cheese in bulk for a wine&cheese event?

I used to organize wine and cheese events for my students association 6-8 years back. We normally would go to Fromagerie Hamel and talk to the manager there, and if you buy only the cheese in somewhat bulk quantity, you can get a pretty significant discount (My memory is fuzzy on this, but I'm thinking at least 10-15%). The trick is not to take the prepared plates, but to only buy the cheese and to cut it yourself the day of the event.

My suggestion would be to establish a budget for both wine and cheese and to go see the manager and talk to him about what could be done. If you're spending more then 1000$ (would make sense for 150+), something can be arranged. They can also hook you up with bread, although you can get better quality elsewhere (not that their bread is bad).

At that time, we tried looking for factory/farms, but there really wasn't much in/around Montreal, and the problem would often be in getting a good variety or to make a decent cheese menu out of it. That being said, it's very possible that this has changed since then.

A lot of other places will offer plates already prepared and are willing to accomodate different budgets, but we always found that quality/price was so-so (I know Pain Doré used to offer that).

The New & Improved Openings & Closings January, February and March 2015

Also remember hearing something about this possibility, but I can't remember where or find any information about this anywhere. Wouldn't be much of a surprise though, as I guess there aren't much coffee chains around (I guess there is the Tim Hortons and the Presse Café, but that's about it in term of chains)

The New & Improved Openings & Closings January, February and March 2015

I remember reading about it somewhere (doesn't seem to be here though) that the one downtown would stay open but might change name/menu. I'll try to find where I saw that.

EDIT: Found this : http://www.montrealinfo.com/fr/nouvel...

Openings & Closings January, February and March 2015

Martin Juneau seems to be taking over a space on Beaubien to open a small grocery store. According to his twitter, also involved are Louis-Philippe Breton and David Ferguson. No details yet, except for the address. (I think it's the former small fruit store?)

http://instagram.com/p/xMhdysxqjA/?mo...

Openings & Closings October, November & December 2014

Passed in front of Brasserie Harricana yesterday and it's now open. Will have to try it soon.

Montreal smoked meat--The Main v. Schwartz's

I remember going at the end of the summer too and being quite dissapointed, as I thought it was closer to pastrami then smoked meat. It's really a strange idea though, bringing those changes, normally, delis rely on being the same old-same old.