Business Newsbites

Landlord issues, not COVID. Readers may have enjoyed the Friday the 13th article concerning The Tattoo Machine on Mann Avenue in the last IMAGE. Recently it was a shock to see the store cleaned out. Had COVID caused another casualty? The answer is No. The Tattoo Machine is relocating because of their inability to come to terms with the Sandy Hill landlord. They wanted to stay in Sandy Hill but were unable to find suitable premises. We will miss them on the next Friday the 13th. —Bob Meldrum
Photo Bob Meldrum

Safi Fine Foods is returning to Sandy Hill! Mohamed Ali Abdo, the Operations Manager will be re-opening his establishment in the commercial space at 296 Somerset Street East (near Russell), currently under construction (photo above) with completion scheduled for end-October 2020. Look forward to resuming your shopping at Safi’s in November-December 2020. —Kathleen Kelly
Photo Kathleen Kelly

Working Title Restaurant AND Bakery: Rolling with the pandemic punch, the Working Title kitchen at Chapel and Laurier East has acquired a proofer (a warming chamber used in baking) and welcomed baker Cyril Pruvost (above) to its team. Pruvost, who hails from Cannes, was obliged to close his Gatineau bakery this spring as a result of the COVID-19 shutdown. Gatineau’s loss is Sandy Hill’s gain: you may now visit Working Table between 8 and 11 a.m. for a croissant or pain au chocolat or brioche with your coffee, or to take out a fresh baguette and other varieties of bread. Then from 11:30 am – 10 pm, the place turns into a full service restaurant, offering lunch, dinner and takeout meals. For reservations email — Jane Waterston
Photo Christine Aubry