Wilensky’s turns 85
Wilensky’s – This past Monday Sun Youth were there to help celebrate one of Montreal’s treasures, Wilensky’s. Wilensky’s is turning 85 years old. Wilensky’s opened in 1932 by Moe Wilensky.
It was immortalized in Mordecai Richler’s novel. The restaurant is one of the icons of Jewish food in Montreal with its signature sandwich, its hand-mixed sodas and its immutable establishment. Wilensky’s is known for its famous toasted sandwich with two kinds of salami and one of bologna, for a total of six slices of luncheon meat with mustard in a toasted bun (cheese is extra), known as the Wilensky light lunch. There is one rule don’t ask for the special to be cut as the sign says over the toasters, that’s the way they have been doing it since 1932.
Ruth and her husband Moe, (now deceased), opened the restaurant in 1932 and sold the Wilensky special for 12¢, there was no price increase until 1952 to 17¢.
To accompany the special sandwich you can have an old style fountain drink with real soda and different syrup flavours, and don’t forget the sour pickle to complete the package. Wilensky’s is a must for every tourist and resident in Montreal.
Walking in the corner door you are totally drawn to the green wood panelling, old pictures of all their customers over the years, shelves with old books and CD’s for sale.Tip well because all tips are donated to charity.
Here’s to another 85 Ruth!