Dion, Husband Among New Owners Of Montreal Resto

Will Schwartz's become a Nickels?

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Celine Dion and her husband Rene Angelil are now the new part-owners of the Montreal landmark restaurant Schwartz's.

According to The Canadian Press, a news release Monday came out announcing the transaction, and Angelil shared his memories of first going to Schwartz's as a young musician in 1961 with his friend and manager, Ben Kaye. "I have so many great memories of being there with the guys, and with Celine and our families throughout the years. It's the most unique restaurant in the world and we're thrilled to be a part of it," Angelil said.

Schwartz's first opened its doors in 1928 and was founded by Romanian Jewish immigrant Reuben Schwartz. It has been a mainstay on St. Laurent Boulevard for decades, attracting both locals and tourists alike. Their moderately-sized establishment features a counter where patrons can nosh on smoked meat sandwiches on rye, French fries, and a cherry Coke. They also added a take-out section to their restaurant a few years ago where you can order slabs of smoked meat, salads that are made in-house, pickles, and more.

Angelil said he plans on keeping with the simplicity of the establishment and won't allow for it to be franchised. "Of course, we'll make a few improvements as necessary, but we're not interested in diluting the brand by franchising, or making the deli something that it isn't," he said. "It's truly one-of-a-kind, and we intend to keep it this way."

The purchase price has not been disclosed.

This isn't the first restaurant venture that Dion and her husband have embarked on – they're also partners in owning the Nickels chain, a group of 50s-style diners located across Ontario and Quebec.


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