Canada's most famous steakhouse is closing because of COVID-19
Canada's most beloved steakhouse is saying good-bye...for now.
While its St-Laurent Boulevard location has withstood the Second World War, two independence referenda, and the 2008 recession, it was the coronavirus that forced the family business to shut down after 83 years. Lighter's father, Moishe, opened the restaurant back in 1938.
NOOOOOO. Must 2020 kill all good things?! Moishes is a Montreal institution. Ate there several times as a young man. Rubbed shoulders with Hockey players, celebs and politicians. Best steakhouse in Canada. Open for 83 years. What a sad day. https://t.co/HIXKBimCLi— Domenico Salvaggio (@DomSalvaggio) August 19, 2020
However, Lighter is already thinking about his next steps. The pandemic has slowed the process down, but you'll eventually be able to dine at a new and improved steakhouse. The location is yet to be determined.
"Due to COVID and the large investment necessary, we decided to put everything on hold," he told Freshdaily.
"Our lease expires at our current location in December and we feel that it doesn't make sense to go back to business in that location for just a couple of months so we are taking a hiatus."
Construction was supposed to begin on Aug. 1 in Victoria Square however Lighter has decided not to hold on to that spot.
Lighter went on to assure customers that the restaurant will not be disappearing and that plans with the new location will forge ahead, just not at the moment.
A lovely thread about the iconic Moishes, the closing of which is really resonating with Montrealers this morning ... https://t.co/psJgbss9X2— Basem Boshra (@BasemBoshra) August 19, 2020
"We will take this time to understand the situation in terms of COVID, how long will it take, what will be the impact on business. At some point, hopefully in the new future, we plan to open Moishes at a location that is yet to be determined," Lighter said.
For now, Moishes regulars can enjoy the taste of their favourite restaurant in their pre-packaged foods including pickles, coleslaw and steaks in IGA grocery stores.
If you never made it to Moishes you missed a giant slice of Montreal. https://t.co/kcZyhv2GvX— Mitch Melnick (@HunterZThompson) August 19, 2020
"We've made the decision to not reopen yet to try to understand how the future will unfold. We will be back, we just don't know where and when at this point."
Back in 2018, the fan-favourite was purchased by Sportscene, the company that operates the Cage Aux Sports chain.
It is highly regarded not just in Montreal and Canada but around the world as it made Forbes' Top 10 list of sirloin joints. It has drawn locals as well as celebrities like Penelope Cruz, Celine Dion, Robert De Niro and more.
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