From The Gazette

Dollard des Ormeaux

West Island comedian mourns passing of fave Wendy’s restaurant

T.J. Hazelden’s favourite burger joint hasn’t technically died, but it’s deader than the Monty Python parrot to Hazelden, so he’s inviting friends and strangers to mourn the loss on Saturday.

Hazelden ate his first burger at the Wendy’s restaurant at the corner of Sources and De Salaberry Blvds. when he was 4-years-old. Ever since, the 33-year-old comedian has refused to eat a Wendy’s burger from any other location.

Hazelden’s adored restaurant was recently demolished to make way for a new Wendy’s which is scheduled to open before Christmas, but Hazelden has already made it clear he will never grace the new restaurant with his presence.

“It’s the old machines they used to prepare the burgers and the way they prepared them, no other Wendy’s comes close,” Hazelden said. “I like thin burgers, not thick and juicy burgers.”

Hazelden and his wife Chantel Gallant discovered the restaurant was closed three weeks ago.

“We were devastated and immediately went to buy flowers and lay them by the (security) fence to pay our respects.

“We were doing it just to take a funny picture, but people kept slowing down and honking and yelling out how much they would miss the Wendy’s, too. Hey, it’s a monumental piece of West Island history.”

Hazelden announced the mock funeral on Facebook (www.facebook.com/events/415255361926374/) and interest is growing.

A friend has become an Internet-certified minister for the occasion, a group of friends have formed a Boyz II Men cover band and will play Boyz hits, including It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday, and people are encouraged to create fake eulogies.

Hazelden, a salesman for Microsoft when he’s not working on his comedy, has been interviewed in the past about his various food eccentricities — there are 400 foods he refuses to eat. He’s managed to turn his disorder-ridden eating habits into a YouTube series called Dinner With TJ. Season 3 is ready to go and will premiere this Fall (date to be determined).

But first, the funeral. Hazelden has printed up 500 flyers promoting the mock funeral and will be tucking them under car windshields in Dollard-des-Ormeaux.

The wearing of black is optional.

The funeral service for Wendy’s takes place on the corner of Sources and De Salaberry Blvds. on Saturday, from 3 to 6 p.m.

kgreenaway@montrealgazette.com

10 comments

  1. What sad news about the passing of this Wendy’s location. I had my eleventh birthday party there. What I won’t miss is the carpets – Who puts carpeting in a fast food restaurant?

  2. TJ,
    It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.”
    I do agree! We replace the old with the new but it is just simply not the same. This is not only for food, but technology.

    Condolences

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