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Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

While I generally agree on the sentiment, you have to wonder how much more food stores can open in the area and keep thriving. I can't think of anything that's clearly missing right now, and an argument could be made for a third wave local coffee shop (at least it's better than starbucks).

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NickinMtl in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Ice cream 2015

Didn't find a thread for the different ice cream places this year (maybe due to the weather).

Recently tried a ice cream cup with caramel sauce, bretzel and peanuts from the new Monsieur Crémeux place on Beaubien and it was fantastic. Can't wait to go back.

Also had a iced custard cup from GEMA last week, while it's good, I wouldn't go out of my way to go back. Being custard, it's certainly a little bit different from ice cream, but I feel the price is a little high. You end up paying 7.50$ (with taxes) for a somewhat small cup and I thought they were a little cheap with the dressings.

Went a couple of time in the last month to Havres des Glaces at MJT, and it's still very good.

Tried the new Les Givrés location on de Castelnau one time too (about 3 weeks ago) and had the soft sorbet/ice cream mix, very good (it was mango at that time), always been a fan of their plateau location, so I think it's a great addition to the neighborhood.

Coaticook ice cream

I noticed last week that Coaticook is making a new line of ice cream named 'la gourmande'. Flavours that I have seen at the store (IGA) were 'Choco Amaretto', 'Mokaramel', Maple taffy (or something similar) and 'Pecan nuts, chocolate and double caramel'. Size is 1,5L and they cost 5,99$ at IGA (saw them at the small grocery store next to my home for 6,99$).

Ended up buying a Pecan Nuts, chocolate and double caramel one today, and while it's good, I find the chocolate and caramel overwhelm each other a little bit, and the pecan nuts are chocolated coated, which I don't care much for. I'd rather get the double chocolate or fudge regular flavor compared to this one.

I would be eager to try the maple taffy one, though.

Jean Talon Market and vicinity (updates) 2015

For those interested, there is a special offer for the opening of the SAQ valid today (was also there yesterday). Free bottle of Domaine Lafrance cider for every 50$ spent. You can combine this with the 10% rebate on 100$ and more this week-end, and there are quite a few wines and spirits on sale right now too.

Calling all Montreal Foodies!

Just to add, the old Greek neighborhood in Montreal is around Jean-Talon and Parc, and Panama is pretty much in it. While Milos is miles ahead in term of quality, you can certainly find some very good Greek sweets around there (my favorite bakery would be Afroditi) and some decent cheaper restaurants options. Panama would be the best IMO, but some people still swear by Marven's and I still very much like the Gyros from Souvlaki Village Grec (although it can be hit or miss). If you're lucky, on the weekend, one of the churches or the social club in the area will do souvlaki sticks sale, and they can be quite good.

For a completely different experience, you can try Kalavrita/Nouveau Hellas on Ogilvy (I think they changed names since I moved out of the area), but I never dared enter there.

Second Cup on St-Laurent moving, Intermarché expanding

Even the club/supper club are all dying there, you have to wonder if the problem is with rents out of control or if people just don't go there much anymore.

Old-School Pizza Question

In the same style that would find at Miss Jean-Talon, I would suggest one of the 'Chez Vincent' (at least the one on St-Hubert and the one in Montreal-North) or Nouveau Service on Beaubien (only eat-in and take out though). I enjoy both of those in 'Montreal style pizza' when I have them. I've heard Chez La Mère in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve is good in that style, but haven't tried it.

Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

They had some good stuff, but they were way above my budget for most of their products. You have to wonder just how much people can/will buy a 15-20$ pack of pasta,no matter how high-end it is. Hopefully something nice can replace it.

Jean Talon Market and vicinity (updates) 2015

To be fair, even before the new JTM SAQ opened, they were already extremely close by SAQ standards. I'm guessing they might push the Little Italy one even further into 'Italy' centered wine, but I also have trouble believing they'll keep both in the long run. In the grand scheme of things, it would probably make more sense to close the one in Little Italy and open a new one in Parc-Ex, where there hasn't been on in the last 7 or so years.

Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

Boucherie de Paris in CDN will close down at their location on June 23rd and will reopen at 5774 Decelles (just north of Côte Ste-Catherine) around July 20th.

It's a good thing that it will stay open in the neighborhood, but you have to wonder how many of the students from UdeM will trek that much farther for a sandwich (especially in the winter time).

Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

Although Forgione has been posting about this and putting #soon type things for at least 6 months (if not more). I'm really curious where it will open, but for what it's worth, there's work underway at the former depanneur at the corner of Drolet and Bélanger (and there's also the papered up former café espresso vittorio just across the street for it, as I mentionned).

Jean Talon Market and vicinity (updates) 2015

I think Lagatta is suggesting that Hamel could expand more then just move.

Il Bazzali, Beaubien (foot of Little Italy)

There also were a few sad pizza places before Ninar, never even ventured in there to try them (didn't look very good).

Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

Oh well, then, I don't know how they could open on Casgrain anywhere near except at the former Sushi place at the corner of St-Zotique, unless it's out of Little Italy.

Sorry for the confusion, guess I mixed up some stuff.

Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

Think Chez Tousignant might end up being located at the corner of Casgrain and Dante. There is work underway in the former Steam kitchen remodeling place and I saw a comment on Instagram congratulating Stefano Faita on his new burger place on Casgrain. Seems like the comment was taking down though, as I can't find it anymore.

Would make it right next to Impasto, GEMA, Quincaillerie Dante and the cooking school.

Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

It's a shame though, Little Italy could use a wine bar (although Lagatta is right that Cul Sec just opened too), but this looks like something that would open at Centropolis or dix30.

Caneles in Montreal?

I don't know how good or not they are (I don't live close enough), but I've heard the ones from La Bête à Pain are very good. (they do look pretty good too)


Smoked Meat w/non-meat eating husband

Just also thought about this, but Schwartz is also fairly close to Café Santropol (corner Duluth and St-Urbain), which offers a lot of good sandwichs that you could take out and eat at Parc Jeanne-Mance or even at the Mont-Royal Park.

Smoked Meat w/non-meat eating husband

I've had a turkey sandwich at Schwartz, can't say I would recommend it. It's not bad, but it's not really different from smoked turkey you would buy at the grocery store (except at 3x the price).

Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

I do recall seeing those posts on Instagram too, but it seems he has deleted then (or some of them). I'll update if I can find anything about this.

The Price of Beer

They ended up replacing Dimanche Francos 6-7 years ago I'd say. I kind of remember still going once in a while around 2008-2009. It's a shame they removed it, as it was a lot of fun and the crowd was older.

I also remember going there often on thursday night, very cheap beer, good crowd. Never was a fun of tuesday though, I always found the crowd more annoying.

Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

Not sure if it will end up being food related, but the former cafe espresso vittorio on Drolet (between Bélanger and Mozart) has been closed for a long while and there has been renovations for the past month.

I seem to recall hearing/reading about Stefano Faita buying the building, but I can't remember where and do not know what will happen there.

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

According to their website and Facebook page, Boucherie de Paris hasn't found a new place yet, but they are saying they hope to be open in august (and that they will be closing down very soon).


Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

Work underway in the former Poutine Centrale place in Little Italy (6707 St-Laurent). Card on the mailbox indicate it will be call GOÛT4U and will be a 'Laboratoire Gustatif'.

Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

New bagel place opening at Jean Talon Market soon. Located in the former Milliner location at the south-east corner, right behind Sushi Shop (in the small alley).

Not much info, they've been working for a while and there is now bagel written in one window.

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.


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).