Popular Mile End Café Le Cagibi forced to relocate due to rent hikes

Feb 8 2018, 4:26 am

Beloved Mile End vegetarian eatery Le Cagibi will be leaving its current location on the corner of St. Laurent Blvd. and St. Viateurdue Street to increasing rents from the building’s owner.

“The current location of Le Cagibi is facing a substantial rent increase from the new owner of the building we have occupied since our inception,” said the eatery in a statement.

Le Cagibi is known for its healthy and affordable lunch-time fare, baked goods, and coffees. It also serves as a community space for local artists, musicians, and performing artists.

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Thankfully, Le Cagibi will not be closing its doors forever. The eatery says it is transitioning into a worker’s co-op made up of founding and new members who will work together to run the business.

The café says it has secured a new space, five blocks north of its current location. The owners are planning a move in Spring 2018.

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“To complement this exciting move, we will be launching a new menu (though maintaining some old favourites!) reflecting our continued commitment to keep our selections vegetarian, healthy, and affordable,” said the restaurant in a statement. “Our goal is to keep the ease and essence of Cagibi very much alive in our new locale, and we hope that you will join us in celebrating this new transition.”

Le Cagibi is asking for the public’s support to get its new location up and running and has set up a GoFundMe page to meet its fundraising goal of $35,000.

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Le Cagibi has also provided patrons with a breakdown of where the donations will go towards on the GoFundMe page.

“We gratefully welcome donations to our crowdfunding campaign from everyone, for as much or as little as you can provide. If you can only afford the price of a cup of coffee, we’ll appreciate your digging deep to help us,” said the restaurant.

“With your help, we look forward to continue offering a friendly, welcoming community space for everyone, with food, atmosphere, and character like nowhere else in Montreal.”

So far, the eatery has received close to $5,000 in donations.

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