I am wondering about how many downtown restaurants will be open on July 1/Moving Day/Canada Day. A few years ago, July 1, 2007, to be exact, I ran into a problem that made me aware of this holiday. I had pre-booked Karyna, then fairly new at Eleganza, for a 5 hour dinner date. I assumed restaurants would be open everywhere - it was the middle of Jazz Festival, for Pete's sake. You don't throw a Festival and then shut down. But that day I called a few restaurants downtown near the Omni, where I was then staying, and was shocked to hear that they were closed because of "Canada Day" or "Moving Day." Honestly, I was shocked, and I was pissed. I was pissed because it was the middle of the fucking Jazz Festival, downtown Montreal was brimming with tourists, and you are telling me restaurants are closing, leaving all those tourists and their dates to fend for themselves? It was not making any sense to me.
I recall very specifically calling Sho Dan on Metcalfe and determined they were closed, as well as a few others. Fortunately, Zen, a Chinese restaurant in the Omni's basement which has since closed, was open that night, and they bailed my ass out big time. That's where I ended up taking Karyna for dinner.
I am hoping the locals will help me out and tell me the names of some downtown restos that will be open on Canada Day in the event I am able to make it up that night and need to scramble. Thanks.