Montreal Pool Room

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Montreal Pool Room at its new location, in June 2012

The Montreal Pool Room is a well-known and well-regarded greasy spoon (French: casse-croûte) restaurant, located in the city's former red-light district on Saint Laurent Boulevard, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The restaurant has been open since 1912 (registered 1921) and is known for its "underground allure", described by some as being a "seedy goodness”.[1] Though called a "pool room" by name, it does not anymore have a pool table.

Offerings[edit]

Two hot dog steamé from the Montreal Pool Room

The restaurants primary offerings are:

History[edit]

Opened in 1912, it is reputed to serve some of the best steamed hot dogs and "patates frites" in the city. Despite its name, it is no longer a functioning pool room, with the restaurant's pool tables [2][3]

The Montreal Pool Room was burned down by a fire in 1989, which according to some destroyed its original interior and had to be rebuilt.[1]

The establishment was one of several businesses on the strip resisting attempts to redevelop and gentrify the area, which is located within the new Quartier des Spectacles.[4]

In March 2010, the restaurant announced that it was moving nearby to make room for new developments in the district.[5] Since then, it has moved across the street.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Riga, Andy (March 26, 2010), "Montreal pool room is moving on wednesday", The Montreal Gazette 
  2. ^ Surkes, Marci (2004-03-04). "The nightcrawler: Praise for the Pool Room". McGill Daily. Retrieved 2009-02-06. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Best of Montreal: Restaurants". Places of a Lifetime series, Traveler Magazine. National Geographic Travel. Retrieved 2009-02-06. 
  4. ^ Gravenor, Kristian. "Standing up for sleeze". Montreal Mirror. Retrieved 2009-02-06. 
  5. ^ Brownstein, Bill (March 28, 2010). "Montreal Pool Room finds new home". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 28 March 2010. [dead link]