Montreal Moves To Limit New Restaurants To Protect Existing Restaurants

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Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Here’s your “it’s hard to believe, but true” article of the day.

Reason reports:

Lawmakers in Montreal have moved to crack down on new restaurants, in an odious attempt to protect existing ones.


“Montreal has one of the highest restaurant per-capita ratios in North America and the amount of places to eat is worrying local politicians,” reads a Canadian Press piece from earlier this week.


If that sounds awful and weird, that’s because it is. Studies of the best places to eat often conclude that the more restaurants a city has per-capita, the better its restaurant scene. It’s no surprise that the more choices a consumer has, the better off that consumer is.


Montreal does have an impressive number of restaurants. Data shows Montreal trails only New York City in terms of restaurants per capita in North America. As in New York City, that competition is great for Montreal’s consumers. But it puts pressure on incumbent restaurateurs. So lawmakers have decided to side with the latter.


The worry expressed by lawmakers has turned into a ban on new restaurants from opening within 25 meters of an existing one along the city’s Rue Notre Dame, the street the now-shuttered Sans Menu once called home. Notably, the action comes as “a number of commercial and retail properties remain empty” in this same part of Montreal.


The law “risk[s] turning the city’s restaurant scene into a heavily bureaucratized nightmare like the province’s construction industry,” says the head of Quebec’s restaurant association, who notes that real threats to the industry come from “road construction, high property and licensing taxes, as well as the potential for a $15 hourly minimum wage.”

It’s not just brick and mortar restaurants though. Montreal’s increasingly absurd stance when it comes to food, also applies to food trucks.

Speaking of food trucks, Montreal recently ended its decades-long ban on food trucks, with a twist. Food trucks can’t park within 60 meters of a brick-and-mortar restaurant. Also: “For food safety,” reports a Canadian news service, “the trucks chosen will have to be associated with an already established restaurant.”

You can’t make this up.

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new game's picture

humans are hopeless idiots allowed to be ruled by even MOAR fuking idiotic fuks...

Arnold's picture

I have met and liked plenty of them.

Frogs aren't human.

SWRichmond's picture

If you haven't read "Atlas Shrugged", you should.

BuddyEffed's picture

It will help prevent a subprime in restaurants.

Save_America1st's picture

as predicted by Demolition Man:


All restaurants will be Taco Bell, bitchez.


knukles's picture

Agenda 21 by any other name ....
Cram them into big metropolitan centers, control the food ....
Y'all of a sudden have a very very compliant populace.

CheapBastard's picture

Mall food is 20-40% higher then outside due to restriction on competition. That sucks.

bookofenoch's picture

It's Idiocracy.  All restaurants are Carl's Jr.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) bookofenoch Dec 29, 2016 9:44 AM

Their food might suck but, damn(!), can they make a commercial:


Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD Dec 29, 2016 9:51 AM


shovelhead's picture

I'd load that with extra secret sauce.

floomby's picture

This is like something straight out of atlas shrugged.

Arnold's picture

I read it again last year, and watched the film, which does it no justice.

At one time I was supra human, but not any more.

Don't grow old SWR.

SWRichmond's picture

Don't grow old SWR.


bookofenoch's picture

This is the Anti-Dog Eat Dog Rule. 

floomby's picture

The anti-dog-eat-dog rule was created by the railroad alliance. This is the government, which is worse imo.

One thing I've wondered is how things can ever get any better if everything remains frozen. ;)

NoPension's picture

What if they just buy a nice expensive Licencse? All the proceeds going to goobermint. That should help the other business people maintain market share.

Edit. Stuff like this doesn't surprise me anymore.

groaner's picture
groaner (not verified) Dec 29, 2016 8:14 AM

So keep the bad restaurants that stink and do not let possible good ones in to compete that will raise the level of quality and price?

Awesome.. Idiots!

chiquita's picture

To be honest, I wish some restaurants I've been to were never allowed to open.  Some were pretty big name establishments too...

knukles's picture

What's absolutely amazing out here is that none of the restaurants have cleaned up, repainted, etc., for years.  Places are dirty.
Says massive about societal norms.
Obama et al have destroyed the fabric of caring.
Post 2008, nobody gives a shit anymore.
If places were like this before the downturn, they'd never have been able to remain open ... the clientele would have left for sure.

Thanks for the recovery assholes.
BTW there never was one as in several back to back quarters of Robust growth followed by a period of above trend growth ....
Never ever saw that one did we?
Even the goobermint keeps telling us we're in a recovery

We should be in an EXPANSION and the terms NEVER BEEN USED

Progressives believe in Big Government like Small Children believe in Santa Claus.


Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) knukles Dec 29, 2016 9:52 AM

The exception to this is that new 'pizza' restaurants will be ok.

PT's picture

Here, allow me to think a little harder:

How can restaurants be cleaned / repainted etc if they make no profits due to cut-throat competition???  Capitalism always meant that everyone worked their guts out while getting nothing in return, due to competition, the fear of starving to death and the inherent costs of start-up capital / trying to change industries etc.  The only way to make a profit is through your own private monopoly, err, sorry, I'll use the more favourable term - NICHE.

Now allow me to criticize my own paragraph:  Perhaps if a restauranteur actually did clean up his restaurant and provide nice surroundings then people would be willing to pay his higher prices for superior food and service.  And if not, then you can always blame marketing.  Or perhaps the people in the neighbourhood are too poor / cheap to pay higher prices even if it does mean better food or service.

Or perhaps it is the fault of the banksters for providing the loans for the start-up capital for the cut-throat restaurants.  Would you lend money to the first guy who wants to open the first restaurant in a town of 10 000 people?  Now would you lend the same amount of money to the one thousandth guy in the same city trying to open the thousandth restaurant?  Well, I suppose you would if you were just going to offload the loan into the local police and fire brigade's pension fund.

There, wasn't that more fun?

Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) PT Dec 29, 2016 1:13 PM

Here ~ let me try to think a little harder


1. all the current restaurants in Montreal are owned by jews (having colluded to put the goy owned restaurants out of business)

2. They've run out of jews in Montreal that are interested in opening up new restaurants

PT's picture

See!  It was more fun, wasn't it?!

sonoftx's picture

Really PT? Are you "like" 16 years old. I mean. Oh well should not have responded because your are so far gone or so young and stupid that you do not understand logic. Anyways, whatever. Your post is bullshit and so is mine.

PT's picture

Is that all you got?  I don't believe you.  You could've done better than that.  Lookit Holy Hand Grenade.  He put up a noble attempt.  You can too!

Fireman's picture

What's the difference between a canuck and a canoe?

A canoe tips.



TGDavis's picture

Loved that album pocomotion!  "You better think twice,"  is a great rock and roll song.

2_legs_bahhhhhd's picture

Haha, here's a tip... Never use a condom that's been stapled into a magazine

MCDirtMigger's picture

Perhaps there has been an error in translation here. I don't speak Canadian, but I did stay at Le Holiday Inn last week.

Ferrari's picture

They hate us for our freedoms.

MFL5591's picture

This is what you get when you put a substitute teacher in as your prime minister!  The guy is a clown!

Lumberjack's picture

Close or boycott the ones that supported Hillary (and Trudeau). Remember how the clinton foundation didn't need to disclose Canadian donors?

jimmytorpedo's picture

Substitute Drama teacher.

You can't be a Liberal if you don't like make believe stuff.

indygo55's picture

They'd be better off with a substitute Prime Minister.

conraddobler's picture

The stupid, it burns!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sidfalco's picture

Montreal has been ruined by civic corruption and socialism - both french specialities. Get rid of the requirement to speak a sheep-shagging version of french and Montreal would take off overnight.

pocomotion's picture

Do to the English folk still empty upstairs pots down into the streets every morning?

Vinividivinci's picture

Anglos abandoned downtown Montreal long ago.

wmbz's picture

Wow what a great idea! How come no one has ever tried this before?

Been in the cold too long...morons!

bluskyes's picture

Haha. Sounds like a scheme cooked up by the hells angels.

Montreal is a francaphone shit hole

Vinividivinci's picture

Correction, it's an immigrant shithole.

Cassandra.Hermes's picture

So I was once on business trip, and everyone from the research facility where I was went to eat lunch in the stripteese club, to get more customers apparently they offer almost free lunch, it was actually very delicious, the girl who cooked it was just defaulted on her restaurant, anyway as only woman there she gave me complementary free lap dance, it was a communist dream, free woman, free food, unfortunately no free guys but actually they are always free

JustUsChickensHere's picture

A couple of decades ago I used to have lunch at The Mens Gallery - an upmarket strip club. Why? Because it had great food and was mostly empty at lunch (always the same guys like in a Cheers bar).  The staff there got to know you and you ended up with the bizarre things like eating lunch while chatting to (naked) staff about what you/they did on the weekend.  Literally not thinking about the nudity.

iAmerican3's picture
iAmerican3 (not verified) mary mary Dec 29, 2016 11:28 AM

Bingo! The headwaters of the Mob/Fascism - Satan on Earth. #Pizzagate

Vinividivinci's picture

Born and raised and still living in downtown Montreal.
This city is light years behind where it was 20 years ago.
Every major street that was bustling with shops and restos
is now nothing but endless empty storefronts.
Immigrants galore, non existant job market, cost of living skyrocketing and
endless public works tearing up streets and sidewalks that discourages suburbanites
from wanting to cross the bridge into Montreal to grab a movie and a bite.
Comparing Montreal to New York is like comparing Bangladesh to Las Vegas.