Montreal Meals Truck Pioneer Grumman 78 closes retailer – Montreal store

It’s the end of the culinary road for Montreal’s first taco truck: after nearly 10 years, Grumman 78 is parking its iconic wheels forever.

The food truck pioneers behind Montreal’s beloved tacos said the ongoing restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic had hurt their bottom line.

“We’ve been torturing ourselves about it since March,” said co-owner Hilary McGowan.

“The second I heard that this pandemic was affecting us, I thought to myself, ‘What do you do when your business is based on being close together?'”

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The announcement was posted on Facebook on Friday. Since then, people have flooded the site with sad comments and memories.

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One commentator said: “This is (sic) sad news … G78 leaves an important mark on the history of Saint-Henri.”

Another wrote: “Really sad about it. So many great dinners and you hosted our wedding party and it rocked. We hear about it today, as you will always be remembered. Thank you for the memories and the deliciousness. “

Many called the restaurant an institution. “I agree with everything. Grumman is my home and my family. It’s a great loss to many, many people, “said McGowan.

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Grumman 78 leaves a legacy for food trucks

In 2013, the women behind Grumman 78, Gaëlle Cerf and Hilary McGowan, campaigned successfully in the city of Montreal to allow food trucks on their streets.

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The sale of street food has been banned in the city since 1947 for hygienic reasons.

They were only allowed under special circumstances such as festivals and on federal and state land in the city.

“Why don’t you want trucks of delicious food to drive around your town with affordable delicious options, seems like a win to me?” McGowan said in a cheeky tone. “I am very proud that we succeeded. We have left our mark on the city and in the city’s gastronomic history and simply in history. “

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As for the iconic food truck. The owners plan to auction it off.

“Do you know that there is a picture of it in the airport? The taco truck makes people happy, ”said McGowan.

Auction isn’t McGowan’s only plan or hope for the well-known wheels of restaurants.

“I want the taco truck to end up in a museum. It’s a culinary landmark, it’s a piece of Montreal history, ”admitted McGowan. “It was also painted by a very famous Montreal artist named Dave Arnold and is, in my opinion, his Magnus Opus.”

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Grumman 78 also sells its equipment and memorabilia at its Saint-Henri location on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“We want people to come to say hello, to say goodbye, to wave. We can wear a mask and social distance, ”said McGowan.

“Please come to us so that you can thank us for all the years that you have loved and supported us. It was a great pleasure to be part of people’s lives. “

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The owners say they will take some time to rest and think about what’s next for them.

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