Sunday, December 14, 2008

Au Lutin Qui Bouffe

Nowadays nightclubs are rife with snap happy customers taking advantage of the freebie-o-sity of the digital camera technology that has revolutionized the world of image taking. Back in the day there were also photo ops from one's high livin' moments in the form of a pro photographer that would rove around and sell you a snap. This great photo was sent in by a reader named Melissa and features her mom at the Lutin Qui Bouffe, a joint near St. Denis and Laurier that had a huggable suckling pig at the ready for such occasions. David Radler was involved in this place and he would later find fame as an associate of the ever-controversial Lord Tubby of Crossharbour, aka Conrad Black.
   Another such operation ran from the Kon Tiki bar in the Mount Royal Hotel, our family ran that photo snap biz for many a moon and somewhere amid the wreckage we have a huge pile of photos of customers making jolly at said establishment. Which led us to a previous debate over the cover of Leonard Cohen's album Death of a Ladies Man, which is apparently a photo of Cohen in one very such shot at the Kon Tiki.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

My wife and I celebrated our engagement at Au Lutin
in 1953 and have a similar photo - although I don't recognize the pig. The restaurant was a long way from downtown -on St. Gregoire.

Anonymous said...

My recollection is that the original owner was murdered on the premises shortly after we were there. You would have good local sources but I just found the following on Google:
From the Sacramento Bee in 1954 _
Canada Murder Suspects Are Held In Salinas Jail SALINAS, Monterey Co. AP Sheriff Jack McCoy said Jonathan (Slim') Dawn, 24 and Jerry McKuhen, 32, wanted m Montreal, Quo., for questioning about a year old slaying, are serving jail sentences here for disturbing the peace. McCoy reported Dawn had been identified through linger- plThe' sheriff said he had been notified the men were wanted for questioning about a holdup and the fatal beating of B. J. MeAbbie, the proprietor of the swank Au Lutin Qui Bouffe restaurant. McAbbio died m a hospital Jour days after he was pistol whipped, McCoy said Dawn and Mc- Kuhen were arrested February 21st in Aromas, north of Sa- linas.

wayne dayton said...

Conrad Black's David Radler was the son of the restaurant owner and worked there as maitre'd and shift manager.

Robert L said...

My Father was a waiter at this fine restaurant and Here is the real story on the Lutin Qui Bouffe..The Pig belonged to a fellow named Johnny.the pig was rotated as they got bigger..McKuhen was staying at the Ritz Carlton at the time posing as a wealthy tourist..Mc Abbie was being robbed of cash and a ring he had on his finger with a large stone...they cut off his finger to retrieve the ring, he had No kids and left behind his Girlfriend who worked there at the time Margo.

Jacques B said...

I would like to ask Robert L who wrote the last comment if his father is still alive. I too was a waiter at the Lutin qui Bouffe, on the night
of the murder and would love to hear about his father. To prove to him that I really was a waiter on that night, I will give him the first name of several co-waiters. There were;Mel H, Gerry G. Marcel H, ,Jean-Louis J,Rene L, Clement, Mario B and I was Jacques.
Our pianist was Maurice M, and the
photographer was Johny L.
I have all kinds of pictures and momentoes.

Anonymous said...

My father which was a lawyer use to bring me at the Lutin qui Bouffe for lunch to eat the best " Rognons de veau au Madere" ever.It is like it was yesterday.Great venue, great memories....

Janis said...

I have a photograph of my most glamorous mother and my dat taken in 1948. It's my favorite picture of them ever!

Anonymous said...

I have two souvenir photographs from Au Lutin, one of my aunt and a friend with my grandmother, and another of my mother with some distant cousins. Everything I have read and heard about it makes it clear to me that it was a real fixture in the life of the city at the time. I heard mention of a documentary in the works. Did anything happen with that?

Kristian said...

Someone named Michel Campeau m_campeau@videotron.ca wrote me Oct. 2010 saying he was working on a 'historical project' on the Lutin qui bouffe but I never heard any more about it.

Anonymous said...

Jacques B Le nom de mon Pere est Henri Lagueux je suis son fils Robert

Anonymous said...

my wife and i were there in 1949 during our honeymoon--with my in-laws in 1952 and with my children in 1960. We have pictures of these visits all with the pig being fed by the female and the tail held the male it will be 63 years on november 15

UrbanLegend said...

Maybe it's time to bring back the Kon Tiki to Montreal. See this:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-28570884