Time Out Market Food Hall Prepares to Reopen in Montreal Post COVID-19 Shutdown

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After pausing operations in March to help contain the spread of COVID-19, Time Out Market Montréal is reopening its doors on Wednesday, July 8. With restrictions on restaurants gradually easing, the news is very welcome. And it’s just in time for the warmer weather and summer vacations, typically a time when patios and terraces are brimming with patrons.

“Time Out Market Montréal has 40,000 square feet for guests to social distance without losing the fun atmosphere that makes dining at Time Out Market so special,” says Time Out Market CEO, Didier Souillat.

First opened in November 2019, Time Out Montreal is part of the global media and leisure corporation, Time Out Group plc. The first Time Out Market venue launched in Lisbon, Portugal in 2014. Six markets already are operating and another four (none currently scheduled for Canada) are in the pipeline. They all feature the best of their host city under one roof: its best chefs, drinks, and cultural experiences.

In addition to following both government regulations and municipal protocols, Time Out Market Montreal is implementing precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of guests, market staff, and concessionaires. These include:

Health and safety communication vestibules will offer information and sanitizing stations for guests to have a safe and enjoyable experience at the market.

Plexiglass partitions will be installed at concessionaire counters and bars, as well as on each table to separate dining parties safely.

Contactless ordering will be available on Apple and Android smartphones, the new Time Out Market app allows guests to order and pay without contact. Guests can search ‘Time Out Market’ via the App Store or Google Play to download the free app. Guests can track their order progress through email, text, and push notifications.

Delivery of the market menu items will be available through delivery via DoorDash.

Extra cleaning crew identifiable with their yellow shirts will consistently sanitize all surfaces.

Phased Kitchen Re-Openings

Time Out is prepared to welcome guests back who are eager to taste exceptional dishes from their local favourites and indulge in Montréal’s unique culture.

Opening day will include a lineup of six stellar concessionaires, with various global offerings from the Japanese counter experience Marusan to the famous Portuguese rotisserie chicken of Romados. As well, included in the first wave are locally-produced items at Signé Local, a cooking school, 2 mocktail and soda bars, a wine bar, beer bar, and cocktail bar — allowing guests sufficient room for ordering and dining.

As the community works hard to safely resume operations, Time Out Market Montréal and Time Out Montréal continue to support local restaurants and businesses through initiatives such as the Time Out Love Local Campaign.


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🌭 ** Pour respecter la distanciation sociale, Time Out Market MTL est temporairement fermé. Avec un⠀peu de chance, cela ne durera pas trop longtemps et nous pourrons lever et cogner nos verres ensemble très bientôt. En attendant, merci de soutenir les entreprises locales qui continuent de faire leur travail pendant la #timein. Coup de coude!** —– We hope you support one of our local restaurants for national takeout day. You can find them in our À Emporter Highlights. **Doing our part for social distancing Time Out Market MTL is temporarily closed. Hopefully, it won’t be for too long and we can clink glasses again soon. In the meantime please support local businesses and acts still doing their thing during #TimeIn. Elbow bump!*

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They also acknowledge the hard work and support they’ve received from Ivanhoé Cambridge and their own market staff and concessionaires to get them ready for reopening.

What Makes These Markets Unique

The world’s first food and cultural market based wholly on editorial curation, Time Out Market captures local knowledge, independent reviews, and expert opinions to decide which locally renowned chefs and concepts are invited to become part of the market lineup.

In a nod to the importance of these local reviews to flavour the market’s ambiance, the social distancing partitions will be inscribed with quotes from a diverse group of Montréalers. Video screens throughout the market will also feature local content curated by Time Out editors.

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Patricia Viscount
Patricia Viscount lives in Calgary and has over 25 years of experience as a communications specialist, writer and editor. She began her career as a public affairs officer in the Canadian Forces before transitioning to a senior advisor role in the energy industry. Self-employed since 2016, she helps her clients navigate the stressful world of words to allow them to build business messages with confidence and clarity.

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