This well-known breakfast restaurant on the Main is not only always full, but the owners are in the process of opening a second restaurant (with a totally different concept) on the boulevard! We met with Simon Rosson, one of two co-owners, to tell us about Bagel Etc’s history. Bagel Etc. is what can be considered as an institution on the Main. Open since 1983, when the Solomon couple purchased the old Cookie’s (on the right-hand side of the current local) and the antique shop (on the left side), this restaurant has served more breakfast meals than is possible to count. Simon has a long love story with this property. The fact that he lives just upstairs helps of course, but he became co-owner in 2012, after having worked there for almost 10 years. And before that, he was one of the regulars. Today, it’s he who tells us with a smile that most of their customers come to Bagel Etc. 2 to 3 times a week! Many of their biggest fans come from New York or Ontario and eat here every day during their stay! Of course, it’s not possible to speak about Bagel Etc.’s customers without mentioning Leonard Cohen, whose residence is practically on the opposite side, on St-Dominique. He’s not often in Montreal, but when he is, a good coffee awaits him every morning at Bagel Etc.