Le Sélect Bistro is saying au revoir, but not goodbye. After 40 years, the beloved restaurant at 432 Wellington Street will be under new ownership by Allied Properties and will reopen with a new management team.
Le Select’s former team outlines the reasons for keeping its door closed in a colourful and heartwarming press release. Amongst the apparent reason, COVID-19, the group notes that they have had property bills, problems with the city, and the ongoing issue of significant construction projects on all sides.
“In short: Le Sélect had been through an earthquake and a tornado, and then Godzilla stomped down Wellington Street. Such was COVID-19,” the release says.
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Allied Properties’ takeover is one that the Le Sélect team welcomes, noting that the real estate group is one aligned with their values.
“Allied is a company with a vision we admire. They build pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods. They believe in preserving heritage buildings, making beautiful designs by leading architects, and meeting Platinum LEED standards to leave the smallest footprint. They are exactly the people we want to do business with,” the release says.
Le Sélect Bistro’s future menu is unknown, but the restaurant will live in its current location. Whether or not the restaurant will open during the pandemic remains is unclear, but it will open again, at least.
“We don’t know yet what will happen in the sunny future after COVID-19. It may be the Le Sélect that you remember. It may change a little or a lot,” the release says, “but we think our legacy is in good hands.”