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Street food makes a comeback in Montreal

image courtesy Nathalie Des Rosiers – natscuisine.com

At long last, Montrealers will finally be able to enjoy the sweet tastes and treasures from food trucks.

After patiently waiting more than 65 years, several high-profile Montreal chefs and restaurants came together and assembled the social media masses to join in the fight against the street food ban – and it worked.

As of June 20th, roughly 10 sites will be established as authorized zones for licensed food trucks. To make things as fair as possible for competing restaurants in the neighbourhood, eligibility for licenses will rely on the applicant having an already established restaurant or catering business (to avoid tax issues).

The wait was long, but it’s been positive for organizing committees responsible for establishing a structure and process for the sale of street food. The avoidance of problems like over-crowding and potential saturation of a popular initiative is something that Association of Street Restaurateurs of Quebec welcomes.

And the timing couldn’t be better. As Montreal prepares for a warm summer filled with festivals, concerts and parties, the association expects at least 20 trucks running to 200 separate events.

Hungry for more coverage? Check out the following articles on the reemergence of food trucks in Montreal:

 

Want to apply for a permit? Call Montreal’s 311 info-line for more details

Top Tourist Destinations for Canada Day

 

Calgary’s Heritage Park – via Calgary Herald

Hotwire.com recently released a list of their top 10 destinations for Canada Day –  based on hotel bookings. Last year, popular destinations were split between Canada and the United States, but this year the shift has been north of the border, with seven of the 10 most-booked destinations residing closer to home.

Say goodbye to Boston and Minneapolis – which both made the list last year – and say hello to Niagara Falls, Calgary and Halifax.

For the most part, travellers seem to be sticking to a few top spots – including Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. With the resurgence of Canadian destinations, it could provide a boon for businesses in the surrounding areas.

Take advantage of this increase in shopper volume by spending on advertising in travel and tourism brochures and adding some new signage or staff to help promote your business. It’s also a great time to focus on loss leaders to get additional foot traffic in the door.

Here is a list of the Top 10 Booked Destinations for Canada Day from Hotwire.com

  1. 1. Toronto, Ontario
  2. 2. Ottawa, Ontario
  3. 3. Montreal, Quebec
  4. 4. New York City, New York
  5. 5. Vancouver, British Columbia
  6. 6. Niagara Falls, Ontario
  7. 7. Seattle, Washington
  8. 8. Chicago, Illinois
  9. 9. Calgary, Alberta
  10. 10. Halifax, Nova Scotia
By increasing some expenditures now, you can bolster your business’ reputation and presentation to hungry consumers.