Dave Schmidt (Maïs, Café Sardine/Iwashi, Datcha) is about to drop two new bars on Montreal.
Kabinet plays with the same Russian theme as Datcha and shares a civic address with the successful boîte on Laurier, corner Saint-Urbain. The intimate bar overlooks the street and will cater to the 5 à 7 and post-brunch set with cocktails and oysters. Kabinet will also serve as a refuge, of sorts, from the primary club after 10:00 p.m. (a wall was knocked down to adjoin the two establishments). Décor-wise the space has undergone a major refurb and now sports a vaulted ceiling, whitewashed wood and a marble bar.
Over on Saint-Laurent, just south of René-Lévesque, work is about to wrap on tiki bar Le Mal Nécessaire. With nary a template for a contemporary tiki bar in Montreal, let alone in Chinatown, Schmidt, who has been intimately involved with not just the cocktail program but the facelift of the space, recently told Eater Montreal that the process to open the vanguard spot has come with some nerves. But now, as Le Mal Nécessaire prepares to welcome customers, excitement has set in over some of the small but important details, from the funky pineapple logo (see above) to the walnut bar.