Le Biftheque reopening next month

Posted By: Laura Casella · 10/23/2012 6:39:00 AM

CJAD news has learned that after being closed for well over a year, Le Biftheque on Cote-de-Liesse, will be reopening.

The landmark steakhouse, which everyone recognizes by the cow statues outside, will reopen for business mid-november.

CJAD spoke to the original founder and owner of Le Biftheque, Michael Seltzer, who has repurchased the restaurant. 

"It's exciting for sure, it's a big challenge too," he says. 

Half of the orginal employees have also been rehired.

"All the management is back from the orginal managers, a lot of the kitchen people are back as well," he says, "with the balance having already retired or are not in the restaurant business anymore."

The restaurant is currently being renovated inside, and there will be a few additions to it when loyal customers return.

"We've added a sushi bar and we've put in roast beef carts where prime beef will be sliced right at your table," he says.

But many things will remain the same including the popular butcher shop and the cows.  

"The cows are being re-painted and will stay right where they are."

Le Biftheque has been around for more than 30 years. It shut down more than a year ago after the last owners filed for bankruptcy.

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  1. Shauneen posted on 10/23/2012 08:43 AM
    Sushi bar???
  2. Susan posted on 10/23/2012 10:52 AM
    Where is the beef coming from; hopefully not XL Foods..........
  3. Rudolph S posted on 10/23/2012 01:23 PM
    .. I hope they keep the free Candy dispenser in the Lobby...... I'll be back...
  4. Theresa posted on 10/23/2012 01:27 PM
    This is briliant..
    I am so glad this Montreal institution is being reopened...
    I will definately support it...
  5. Eric posted on 10/23/2012 03:31 PM
    Yes, Sushi Bar?? But besides that, this is great news! Always loved going there. Great food at a reasonable price. Hated the long lines but it was worth the wait. Loved there croutons!!! I hope they keep the same quality and prices do not skyrocket. I'll be there to check it out! Good luck to them and their reopening
  6. BBQ'er posted on 10/23/2012 07:19 PM
    I have really missed it this summer, especially the butcher shop. This was my main source of filets for BBQ season. I can't wait to get back to it. It was so hard finding a good source for quality meats at a reasonable price this past year.
  7. Thomas posted on 10/23/2012 07:44 PM
    Looking forwards to my first 'good' meal in a long time :)
  8. bcardi posted on 10/24/2012 09:53 AM
    I cannot wait - I loved that place and was so disappointed when they closed. One of my favourite restaurants!
  9. arlene posted on 10/24/2012 11:17 AM
    so glad to hear that they will re-open.Was always my favourite place to go for steak.Loved the salad and yes those crunchy croutons...Just hope the price remains reasonable!
  10. Nammie posted on 10/24/2012 03:51 PM
    Ok, the previous owners went bankrupt but hey, let's re-open it!
    I've never heard of a more ridiculous idea.
    Let's keep doing the same thing and hope for a different result!
    Good luck to you sir.
    1. Jamie posted on 10/26/2012 08:23 AM
      @Nammie The previous owner went bankrupt because maybe he had little or no restaurant experiance. The old owner ran it well and for a lomg time. Good luck if they can keep the price down, I don't see how they can fail.
  11. Brina posted on 10/26/2012 09:13 PM
    Loved that restaurant for so many years when the Seltzers ran it. They had their wonderful steak special which was tasty and at a great price. Hoping they can figure a way to treat Montrealers once again to a terrific restaurant, comfortable seating and great value. Hooray and good luck.
  12. MarilynMaurice posted on 10/29/2012 09:45 AM
    When we sent this autumn and seen that the place was closed, we were flabbergasted. Such a good restaurant was gone again. We enjoy the food and we are glad that you are reopening. The added addition is great too, for those who like sushi. The butcher shop is a bonus as the meat is always fresh and good. Once again we will be able to buy our beef there. It is nice to hear also that you have rehired the regular staff that you had. Good work!!!!!
    1. BDG posted on 10/30/2012 09:27 AM
      @MarilynMaurice Don't see why they need a sushi bar to drum up business.
      If you want sushi, visit a genuine sushi bar instead it seems.
  13. BDG posted on 10/30/2012 09:25 AM
    Visited and disappointed. Lots of other places in the city for good meat.
  14. Jen Creighton posted on 11/13/2012 09:10 AM
    My husband and I had our 1st date there and since we've moved to Ottawa we've been so disappointed that their locations had closed as well. We're coming back home in December and to celebrate our birthdays we're definitely going! I missed those awesome garlic croutons!
  15. LYNNE posted on 11/20/2012 12:35 PM
    Thrilled to know The Bif's coming back... with the original owners at the helm. Miss the restaurant as it was when it was done right and so miss the butcher shop. Anybody know the opening date?
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