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Cafe Montemarte, Stranmillis
« on: August 23, 2019, 12:44:47 PM »

Is it still there?

I looked for it on google maps and like my old school, it appears to have vanished.

When did it go?

Just like anyone else, happy memories tend to be linked to good times, often as a kid.

Anytime we had a good win at the football our coach ( then called The Manager) used to take us to The Montmart for fish and chips. He was only 23 and very religious but he was just a very kind genuine bloke. He seemed ancient to us 10 yr olds, but really he was just a young bloke himself. I don't know if the fish and chips came from his own pocket, or from church funds, or indeed the trips out to the coast or various swimming pools ( Coleraine was a good one) but I suspect he might have paid it all himself. I know in this day and age questions might be asked about funny business but I can assure you none of that went on.

About twenty years ago, I returned and met him unnannounced. He was so shy. Not the guy I remembered as a 10 yr old, yet still a very decent man and deeply religious. He was so shy he found it hard to talk to me

I know it's sometimes hard to meet people from your past, because times change, life moves on.   ...

I will always remember that guy very affectionately, even though life took us different ways.

And I'll always remember The Montemarte Cafe.


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Re: Cafe Montemarte, Stranmillis
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2019, 06:27:04 PM »
Long gone unfortunately. A family named D'Agostino ran it back in the day I believe. Top class fish and chips.


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Re: Cafe Montemarte, Stranmillis
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2019, 09:57:04 PM »
Hi Stickleback, the Cafe Montmartre which has long since gone is now called, wait for it-- 'Cafe Onion'.
After the Montmartre ceased trading it was a Chinese restaurant for a while, then maybe something else before becoming 'Cafe Onion'.
Nothing beats a nice raw onion for breakfast, eh?
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Re: Cafe Montemarte, Stranmillis
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2019, 03:51:47 PM »
YEP,... TRY what is now the CAFE ONION,...
It's address is,... 102 Stranmillis Road,... the adjacent street to the viewer's right is Stranmillis STREET.

Modern map,...

"How to get to Cafe Onion, 102 Stranmillis Road Belfast Belfast BT9"


"Enormous gap where thousands of students studied for their degrees"
"And on a Friday night there was the wonderful Café Montmartre chip shop,...
formerly Rocky’s Chippie, with the biggest and tastiest helpings of the best fish, chicken, pies, sausages, burgers or whatever you wanted with your chips."
"I do, think it's (the Montmartre) is still there as Abacus."

"Only had it once circa 2007 but it was good from what I mind."
"I lived in Stranmillis 95-97 and the Abacus was there then."
"Montmartre would have been gone by then, early-mid 90s."

"Owned ( the Montmartre) by an old Italian couple, best Saturday morning fry I've ever had; I didn't drink, so it wasn't hangover influenced."
Also later for a time the Chinese CHOP STICK HOUSE,...

Chop Stick House - CLOSED  Chinese
102 Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5AE, Northern Ireland


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Re: Cafe Montemarte, Stranmillis
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2019, 08:19:55 PM »
Cafe Montmarte sounds dead romantic. Named after a district in Paris. I wonder are there any romantic bistros in Paris called Cafe Ballyhackamore or Cafe Ardoyne. You never know!
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