Hubert Marsolais and chef Claude Pelletier, the duo behind two of Montreal's top tables, Le Club Chasse et Pêche and Le Filet, will soon unveil the latest addition to their portfolio.
Le Serpent takes over the old Cluny space in the Darling Foundry on Prince street (Cluny's owners, Patrick Meausette and Rob Hack, now concentrate full-time on their Old Montreal spot, Titanic).
Cluny's band of old regulars will hardly recognise the old haunt, however. Jeremiah Gendron and Meausette's original plan, which won a Commerce Design award, is in the throes of a total facelift, courtesy Annie Lebel (Atelier In Situ) and Marsolais himself.
Marsolais hopes to open Le Serpent in December. The restaurant, while not exactly Italian, will have Italian accents on the menu and serve lunch and dinner. The kitchen will also cater events at the Foundry's contemporary art space, which can accomodate 250 seated guests or up to 700 in cocktail mode. Notable principals in the restaurant, all well familiar on the Montreal scene, include chef de cuisine Michele Mercuri, executive sommelier Philippe Boisvert and maître d'hôtel Denis Lessard.