After nearly 3 decades, Copoli moving to new location


MONTREAL – It’s the end of an era…sort of.Copoli, the greasy spoon that has served hungry commuters in Notre-Dame-de-Grace for the last 27 years, is relocating.“The other restaurant is going to be open, maximum, before the end of March,” owner Nader Zarkari said.“So, we move everything here to there and we start a brand new restaurant after 27 years.”Loyal Copoli customers won’t have to go too far though. Story continues below

The restaurant is moving just a few minutes away to the corner of Sherbrooke Street and Grey Street, near Westmount. It will be leasing the former Liquid Lounge location.For decades, Zarkari had the ideal location, right across the street from the Vendome Metro station.He said a dispute with his landlord over how much to pay in taxes is forcing him out.“They don’t want to pay their property tax. They’re charging their property tax to my business tax,” Zarkari said.But Anthony Kyriopoulos said Zarkari is exaggerating his claim.“I don’t know where he gets property tax from,” Kyriopoulos said. ” I mean [we use] the formula that the city had implemented years back. And they pay the business tax.”Even though Copoli is getting a new lease on life, Zarkari can’t help but feel sad at having to say goodbye.“It’s very sad to let go. But we can do it in the other place. We are going to make it.”

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