Is Club Soda in trouble?

Will this Montreal music venue be flattened? + last call extended to 5:30 a.m., St-Viateur Bagels rejected by food truck foodies & more in our news round-up.


Legal fizz: Could one of Montreal’s most iconic venues be collateral damage in a legal battle involving club owner Michel Sabourin? It could be, according to a report in La Presse. Former business partner Alain Dupuis is suing Sabourin for $400,000 over a defunct label they owned together, and Soda is one of Sabourin’s main assets. Stay tuned.

Downtown drunks rejoice! Denis Coderre’s recent call for a later closing time at bars is becoming a reality this summer. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from June 12 to July 5 (the height of festival/tourist season), 19 bars downtown and in the Quartier Latin will serve drinks till 5:30 a.m. and close at 6. Then what? Whatever. Get me another Pabst, bro.

Truckblocked: How cool would it be to have a St-Viateur bagel food truck this summer? Not very cool at all, according to the city. Their bid to join the city’s food truck brigade was rejected, along with l’Assomoir and others, and they’re less than happy with the pretentious foodies calling the shots. There will be 30 trucks baking in the sun this summer.

Broadway bagels: A pair of Montrealers have brought our delicious bagels to Manhattan, and they’re a hit. The place, called Black Seed (an unfortunate double entendre?), actually ran out of bagels on the first day. The pictures tell a slightly different story, though. Do those bagels look a little inauthentically plump to you?

Shape up: A douchey petition was circulating yesterday, suggesting that portly new health minister Dr. Gaétan Barrette isn’t fit for the position because he’s…errr…not fit enough. If he was applying to work at Lululemon, we’d get it, but being the model of health isn’t an essential requirement to being health minister, unless he plans to scale, and not read, the mountains of paperwork he’s sure to receive during his tenure.

Oh, and speaking of plump: The new metro cars don’t fit in the tunnels. This city, sometimes. ■