In normal times, Montreal has arguably some of the best restaurants, bars, clubs and cafes in Canada (maybe even North America).
Unfortunately, these are not normal times.
The hotel industry has been hit extremely hard throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and the latest wave of restrictions in Quebec is creating another difficult hurdle to overcome.
Since March 2020, an alarming number of well-known Montreal restaurants have gone out of business for good. Here is a list of spots in Montreal that have closed due to the pandemic.
After temporarily taking a break during the second wave of lockdowns, Grumman’s announced it would cease operations and held its last shift on October 19, 2020 – after ten years in business.
In September 2020, L’Entrecôte Saint-Jean closed for good after 29 years serving delicious steak and fries from its stylish French bistro on Peel.
After 83 years of activity, Moishes, the iconic Jewish steakhouse of the Plateau, had to close its doors. Moishes had weathered World War II, the 1998 ice storm, and economic turmoil over the years, but the pandemic was too much to handle.
House of Jazz
A favorite of fans of the jazz scene, the House of Jazz in Montreal closed its doors for good at the end of June.
House of Jazz opened in 1981, and the venue was ideal for live music.
Bar B Barn, the iconic barbecue spot, which has operated on Guy Street since 1967, has been unable to weather the COVID-19 pandemic.
“COVID-19 has forced the property to face a harsh reality the restaurant just cannot continue to support itself financially,” said the restaurant owner. “Our building is too cramped and our dining rooms too small for us to be able to serve customers safely and correctly while generating enough sales and revenue to keep the lights on.”
Le Blumenthal, a gorgeous bistro that opened in 2017 in the Quartier des Spectacles, has announced that it will not be able to overcome the government’s second lockdown in October.
Balsam Inn, the warm and comfortable place in the heart of downtown Montreal, was forced to close its doors after the second lockdown.
The popular hostel closed “due to pandemic difficulties,” the restaurant’s social media post said.
Agrikol, Montreal’s best-known Haitian spot, has announced it will close its doors “for the foreseeable future” in December 2020 and has not reopened.
In 2016, Arcade Fire band members Win Butler and Régine Chassagne opened the spot, and it was a popular spot for foodies looking for Haitian food.
The structure of the Plateau de La Pizzaiolle location was brought from Boston and reassembled in Montreal in 1993. After months of foreclosure, the 1950s American diner-style restaurant was put up for sale and locked for many years. Well.