Fans reacted with profound disappointment Sunday to the news that the iconic Plateau Mont-Royal Portuguese barbecue chicken restaurant Rôtisserie Romados will not re-open.
The Eater Montreal website posted on Sunday: Locals have been wondering for months when theyd be able to once again get their hands on Montreals most renowned piri piri-brushed chicken. The answer is here, and its certain to disappoint more likely devastate: Romados has permanently shuttered.
The news came to light in a post on the restaurants Facebook page on Thursday afternoon: Romados is permanently closed. It was our honour to serve you for over two decades. This decision was imposed upon the business and not by choice.
Social media would no longer be monitored and there would be no replies to comments or messages, the Facebook page said.
Actually devastated to hear about Romados
kate (@forthefatlady) June 13, 2021
The Plateau restaurant at Rachel and de Bullion Sts. had garnered a devoted following since it opened in 1994.
The coronavirus pandemic, of course, forced many Montreal restaurants to close their doors and, as Eater Montreal notes, Romados had been closed to the public since Dec. 31, 2020.
Manny Machado, son of founder Fernando Machado, told Eater on Sunday: As a representative of my family, we are utterly heartbroken. Weve fought and weve been fighting to keep Romados alive, but that choice has been taken from us.