Saw this sign two or three weeks ago, but it was only tonight that I had my camera with me to snap a picture. I literally fell down my virtual chair when I saw this sign posted next to Schwartz’s. In terms of Montreal food landmarks, there is none other next to Schwartz’s and its delicious melt in the mouth smoked meat (always get the large fat), besides maybe La Banquise’s poutine or the St-Viateur/Fairmount bagels.
I think that part of Schwartz Charcuterie Hébraïque de Montréal’s charm was its obstinacy to stay more or less the same throughout the years. Sure, they re-did the ceiling a few years ago, but they didn’t put all kinds of mirrors and lamps above tables to make the place look more “expensive” and surely didn’t make the chairs any more comfortable.
Opening up to franchises? I remember when Dunn’s opened a branch in Kirkland, in the West Island, only to close after a few months or years (after which it became a 50 cents / hot dog Belle Province ever since). Has anyone seen Schwartz smoked meat sold in packs of twelve at Costco lately? (No, I did not.)
It’s Schwartz’s alright, taking over the space where a fries and burgers place where impatient eaters not knowing what they were missing presumably went to. Says the sign, “Pour emporter / take out”. Will this extension forever change my good ol’ permanently-crowded Schwartz’s?