Montreal’s famous bagel shop serves Canadiens-inspired designs ahead of Game 1 – Montreal
As the Habs fever is in full swing, one of Montreal’s most famous bagel stores is serving up a special order for a few lucky customers and fans.
St-Viateur Bagel created a bagel in the shape of the iconic Montreal Canadiens logo as the team prepares for the first game of the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.
Robert Morena said a photo of the creation took off on social media, prompting what he describes as a “overwhelming response.” Employees answered numerous phone calls to the Mile End pillar.
“Unfortunately, they’re not for sale,” Morena said, adding that bagels are difficult to make.
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“But we make a couple of them for good customers who come with Canadiens jerseys on site.”
Mike Lunny was one of the patrons who came to score Canadiens-inspired bagels. Dressed in a blue, white and red T-shirt, he is delighted that his team are making the final for the first time since 1993.
“The guys are so good,” he said.
“They are going to make me one.”
Ovidia Carlsen immediately introduced herself after showing the photo making the rounds on social media to her boyfriend, who returns from Matane to Montreal.
“He said, ‘Oh my god, please give me a’,” she said.
The Canadiens’ unlikely run to the playoffs captivated the city and the hockey world. The team came back to win against the favorites Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round before eliminating the Winnipeg Jets in a four-game sweep.
The Habs then eliminated the Vegas Golden Knights with a 3-2 overtime victory on the province’s National Day, drawing huge crowds downtown.
St-Viateur Bagel is one of the many local businesses with the tricolor hanging in their shop – and they love their team.
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“It’s huge as a fan,” said Morena, describing the race to the playoffs. “It’s huge for the generations who haven’t seen it, for our city.
If the Habs beat the Lightning and hoist their 25th Stanley Cup over their heads, Morena may have to make an exception and sell the bagels widely after all.
“Who knows, if the Habs win the cup… we may have to take it out. “
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–With files from Dan Spector of Global News
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