The Eastern Rooster 2015a seven-year-old eastern restaurant adored for its Pakistani-spiced roast chicken, has quietly closed up shop.
On June 4, the restaurant in Tétreaultville plans announced on Facebook take a month’s vacation without specifying a precise return date. Then last Thursday, passing the one-month mark, the opening hours on the restaurant’s Facebook page were updated to say it had “closed permanently.” Le Coq de L’Est has not posted information about the closure on social media. Still, co-owner and chef Omar Zabuair confirmed to Eater via DM that the restaurant is permanently closed. He didn’t divulge any details beyond saying, “Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. That’s life.”
Zabuair (formerly of Joe Beef) and co-owner Vanessa Beeching (formerly of Au Pied de Cochon) launched the tandoori roast chicken haunt in 2015, revamping a spot of the same name – once frequented for its “sexy waitresses” (sexy waiters). Far from the high-end establishments where they had earned their stripes, the couple have made Le Coq de L’Est both a reliable neighborhood establishment and a destination for diners willing to venture in front of the Honoré-Beaugrand metro station to taste in Zabuair. famous succulent bird with pink hues. Fried ribs, solid poutine and hot chicken (a Quebec specialty of sliced white bread, roast chicken and peas drenched in gravy) were other favorites on the menu.
In March 2021, the restaurant moved, settling a few blocks east, but still on Hochelaga Street.
Eater will update this story as more details become available.