Notkins, the seafood restaurant whose namesake, Daniel Notkin, is synonymous with oysters for many, is now open.
Partners in the large and lavish spot Downtown include Éric Le François (Rufus Rockhead, La Taverne Normand, Drinkerie Ste-Cunégonde, Laurea, Lorbeer), Nuno Aguiar, Jean-François Gagné, Karim Adm, Emilie Rainville and, indeed, Notkin. (A company registered as 'Notkins' on September 11 bears the names of Le François and Aguiar.)
Other principals include chef Pierre Robillard and pals Ryan Gray (Nora Gray) and Cassady Sniatowsky, who had a hand in the wine program.
Rainville reports that the restaurant has 80 reservations booked for its inaugural service tonight.
[Photos: Randall Brodeur]