Exclusive Montreal club 357c, which made headlines during corruption inquiry, to close

The Club 357c is seen in Old Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

A private club that catered to Montreal’s business elite and attracted scrutiny in 2012 during Quebec’s corruption inquiry says it will be closing its doors next month.

Montreal’s 357c says in a message on its website that “changes in business practices” and high municipal taxes are forcing its closure.

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The high-end establishment located at 357 de la Commune Street in the heart of Montreal’s old city also says its location limited expansion opportunities.

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A favoured meeting spot of construction industry players, the members-only club had its ledgers examined during the Charbonneau inquiry into corruption.

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Investigators from the inquiry said they weren’t interested in the club itself, but in “a tiny portion of the membership.”

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Those construction bosses and engineering firm executives invited guests who included public servants and elected officials.

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The club opened in 2002 in a 140-year-old building that had been abandoned for many years, requiring major renovation and reconstruction work.

It promised members a setting where business could be conducted “in the utmost comfort and discretion.”

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A staff member confirmed Monday that the club is slated to close on May 24.

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