UPDATE November 6, 2020: It's a devastating time for restaurants and bars in Montreal, as the repeated forced closures of businesses' interiors has been too much for many and caused permanent closures. What started with 15 names has since risen to these 31 names by our count, and now includes well-known cafés and venues that deserve to be remembered for their service to the city. The latest names that have shut their doors for good can be found at the top, and if these names are revived under new ownership with the same name, they'll be removed.
We're working hard to keep track of how much our city is changing. Know of a noteworthy restaurant that's not listed here? Send our editors an email.
Don't get us wrong, no one's more excited than us to start going back to when restaurants can reopen in Montreal, but it's also a bittersweet time for us. We're happy that many of our favourite cafés, bars, bistros, restaurants and spots for the best cheap eats in Montreal have managed to weather the pandemic, but some have not (and some have coincidentally closed, so we're using this space to track those changes as well).
Businesses can't open for now, and it's a rough start to open (then close, then reopen) with limited capacities and a lot of new rules and regulations concerning public health. It's more important than ever to support local businesses, whether it's dining on one of the best terrasses in town during the summer or continuing to order up the best delivery and takeout during colder months. We want to take this time to remember the amazing work of places that have given us some of our fondest memories, but did not make it through this current crisis.
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