Montreal restaurant Nilufar is closing its doors on Dec. 16, will continue to “falafel-it-forward”

The beloved downtown destination for affordable Middle Eastern fare will live on via catering and helping Montrealers who’ve fallen on tough times.

After revealing last month that they were being evicted from their downtown space, the owners of beloved Middle Eastern Montreal restaurant Nilufar will be closing the doors at 1923 Ste-Catherine W. for good on Dec. 16.

“We are so grateful and so blessed for the time we had there… We will never stop to falafel-it-forward to those in need, so if you fall on tough times, message us. This location isn’t what made Nilufar what it is today, you all did that.”

Read the full statement below.

Nilufar announced their imminent closure on Nov. 8, revealing that the news of their eviction came with no notice, via a rental listing posted by their landlord. It’s a move that is not illegal given that they’ve been on a month to month lease for over 15 years, but as longtime tenants, more respect would have been appreciated.

“If you’re wondering, no we didn’t know about this. After almost three decades of being their tenants, you’d think our landlords would give us some sort of notice so that we wouldn’t find out through a listing.”


Nilufar noted in today’s statement that they luckily have a separate location for catering, which is available via (514) 262-9032.

This article was originally published on Nov. 8 and updated on Dec. 6, 2022.

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