Hymie Sckolnick, the son of Jewish Russian immigrants, is famous in Montreal and beyond for buying the Bancrift Snack Bar for $500 in 1942 and turning it into one of Montreal’s most iconic eateries. The rebaptized greasy spoon we all know as Beauty’s has stood under Mr. Sckolnick’s watch for 75 years.
Mr. Sckolnick passed away at his home on Monday. At the ripe old age of 96, he was widely admired for continuing to show up for work at Beauty’s at the crack of dawn each day.
Since news of his passing broke, tributes have been pouring in from across town in remembrance of Mr. Sckolnick’s role as a pillar of Montreal’s culinary scene. Many Montrealers took to social media to express grief and share sympathies with the Sckolnick family.
Please join us in extending our deepest condolences to the Sckolnick family in this time of grief. A true Montreal legend has passed, but Beautie’s Restaurant still stands tall at 93 Mont-Royal West.