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Moe's Diner, fixture next to the Montreal Forum, up for sale

03/24/2015 12:19 EDT | Updated 05/24/2015 05:59 EDT
Iconic greasy spoon diner Moe’s, a fixture across from the old Montreal Forum since 1958, is up for sale.

The diner has served breakfast, including its famous “Grand Slam” (three eggs, choice of bacon or sausage, pancakes or French toast, homefries, toast) 24 hours a day, seven days a week since it opened.

Owner Eddie Thomas said he’s had enough.

"I’ve been at it for 37 years and I’m just kind of tired, fed up.  It’s time to move on time to try something else," said Thomas.

"My parents bought it off the original owner, who was Moe,  back in 1978.  They ran it for 20 years.  I worked for them every day for 20 years.  Now I’ve been running it for 17 years on my own."

Much of the décor in Moe’s has not changed in decades, which is part of its charm.  The linoleum lunch counter, vinyl-seated booths, and tabletop jukeboxes are still in place.

Owner hopes diner continues

Thomas said business isn’t what it used during the glory days when the Forum was open and hockey fans packed the diner.  But he said it still sees a steady stream of neighbourhood regulars and students from nearby Concordia University and Dawson College.

 He hopes whoever winds up buying the property keeps it as it is.

"It’s been known as a breakfast spot, so if anybody buys it and tries changing the menu and not doing breakfast I really don’t think it would work."

But it will go on without Thomas.  He started behind the counter at Moe’s when he was 16.  He’s now 53.

"I don’t have the same drive anymore.  I used to wake up and be excited about going to work, and now I really don’t even want to go to work anymore."

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