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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.

Ruth Wilensky and cake

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.

Sun Youth Founder Sid Stevens and Assistant executive Vice-President and Director of crime prevention Helio Galego

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!

To see the article in the Montreal Times 22.67 May 17, 2017 edition please click on the above image
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