On December 19, the Haitian restaurant announced on its social media accounts that that weekend would mark its "last Agrikol service" and that it would be closing "for the foreseeable future". Since that story broke, Agrikol's building went up for sale at a $1.35-million price tag. While the team behind Agrikol may embark on another project in the future, it's lights out for one of this city's greatest festive dining experiences.
UPDATE January 4, 2021: A new year can mean new hopes for many, but permanent closures of restaurants and bars in Montreal continue due to the pandemic. What started with an original 15 names on this list now sits at 36, growing to include 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; for example, Saint Henri's Café Joe has reopened, so it's been removed. Please note that this list only tracks what has closed since Québec's first lockdown on March 15, 2020—anything beforehand is excluded.
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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 haven't.
Dining rooms and bars can't open right now, and even when they can, it's a rough start with limited capacities and a lot of new rules and regulations concerning public health. It's more important than ever to support local businesses, either by buying merch and gift certificates or continuing to order up the best delivery and takeout—every little bit counts. 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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