Two thousand and nine proved to be difficult for many Montreal area restaurants. While the failing economy, the high Canadian dollar, and the loss of the Canadian Grand Prix made 2009 difficult for all Montreal businesses, restaurants and hotels were hit harder owing to the sharp decline in tourists who grace our city for our many festivals and attractions.
Among some of the casualties last year, Brasserie Brunoise, Garcon, Picasso’s, Bowfingers (West Island location only) and, Version Laurent Godbout to name but a few, all shut off their stoves and unplugged their refrigerators. (I know I should leave this tidbit of information to the Toronto Restaurant Examiner, but I was quite surprised to read that Susur in Toronto has closed.) And while the state of the economy for 2010 is anyone’s guess, one point of optimism resides with the return of the Canadian Grand Prix, which will certainly provide Montreal restaurants with a much needed boost—at least in spirit for now. Raymond Bachand, Quebec Minister of Finance, and Minister responsible for the Montreal region expects the Grand Prix to inject close to 100 million dollars into the city.
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