Another day, another restaurant to announce for Saint-Henri.
Sumac is the brainchild of David Bloom and Raquel Zagury. Bloom was the assistant men's basketball coach at Concordia for six years, until 2013, and is the brother of Tuck Shop co-owner Jon Bloom. Zagury is familiar to many from her stint as the chef at Prohibition on Monkland.
A notable excerpt from a 2012 Gazette review of the N.D.G. restaurant by Sarah Musgrave: "The menu hits just the right chords between comforting and creative. In the kitchen, chef Raquel Zagury is what it's all about. Brunches are carefully crafted affairs, with a sort of a nouveau-Jewish food theme going on – call it a diaspora diner."
On the subject of Sumac, Bloom says that the "food will be Middle Eastern. Basically doing a fresh to order falafel and shawarma shop with spreads and salads. Homemade stuff with a liquor license but still casual."
The address is 3618 rue Notre-Dame Ouest. This puts Sumac in good company, close to the likes of Café Saint-Henri and other newcomers like Foyer and Henri Saint-Henri. Bloom and Zagury hope to open sometime in September.