Those hoping that Dominion Square Tavern could still emerge from its pandemic hiatus will be disappointed to learn that the once-bustling downtown spot has sadly gone bankrupt. A tipster first informed Eater of a bankruptcy notice attached to the restaurant’s front door on July 5, and a search of the Quebec business registry has since confirmed it. A public notice says the company went bankrupt on June 20. The first meeting of creditors was scheduled for July 8 at 10 a.m. Eater could not reach the restaurant for comment, but will update this post when or if it does.
The downtown staple has been ‘temporarily closed’ due to the pandemic for some time, with his website still describing him as such. The restaurant’s voicemail is full and no updates have been posted to their social media accounts. since December 2020, when it came to announcing pre-orders for a holiday basket. (At the time, indoor dining in Quebec restaurants was prohibited due to COVID-19 health regulations.)
Opened in 2009, Dominion Square Tavern has been a favorite for its old-fashioned cocktails, upscale English pub fare and French bistro fare, vintage vibe and gorgeous interior – it’s housed in a former tavern dating crazy years.
Something is wrong at the high-end pastry shop Maison Christian Faure
Upscale Montreal patisserie Maison Christian Faure appears to have suspended operations at all three of its locations, with little indication of exactly what is happening. The company website appears as “currently unavailable”, while an Eater tipster spotted a photo of a “for rent” (“for rent”) sign in the window of its Westmount location on June 29. Another tipster tells Eater that its location in Old Montreal is “completely empty inside.”
On Google, the downtown and Old Montreal locations of Maison Christian Faure are listed as temporarily and permanently closed, respectively. Meanwhile, phones for Maison Christian Faure’s Old Montreal and Westmount locations are disconnected, with calls to the downtown number ringing until they go unanswered. No updates were posted on his social media accounts. (His last post, a photo of Easter candy, was April 4.) Eater could not reach the company for clarification and comment.
Founded by French pastry chef Christian Faure in 2013, the company changed hands in 2020, with a sale to Contrimark International Group, in which Faure’s son, Ivan, is a shareholder. The pastry chef then launched ÔFauriawhich started as a delivery-only operation and now includes a brick and mortar in Laval.
French BYOB tandem at the exit of Villeray
One of Montreal’s most beloved BYOW restaurants Tandem, announced his departure from his Villeray excavations. Chef Pascal Turgeoin and Erika Soleilhac opened the French restaurant in 2011, but now say it’s time to move to the South Shore. “Today, it’s time to write the last chapter and start writing our new book. It’s time to prepare the new Tandem which will take up residence in Verchères! the restaurant wrote in a Facebook post published on July 8. (The post did not reveal the exact location of the new restaurant or the opening date of the new off-island Tandem.)
“We will never be able to thank you so much for the love you have given us, for your loyalty during COVID, before, after… Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” the post read.