St-Viateur was founded in 1957 by Myer Lewkowicz, a holocaust survivor who was brought as a very young man to Montreal from post-war Germany. He learned the trade in Seligman's bagel bakery, going on with his wife and his boss to start off a new business, St-Viateur. He has commented that as a hungry child in Buchenwald, all he could think about was a piece of bread, so the trade was a fitting one for him.
The bakery has passed through different hands down the decades, but always from bagel expert to bagel expert, and it's grown to include eight bakeries, three of which are bright and cheerful cafés as well. It's now a well-loved and respected Montreal institution.
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