— Mile End cocktail bar Kabinet has partnered with independent Montreal café and micro-roaster Dispatch to become a coffee bar by day. A soft launch was held yesterday to inaugurate the new venture.
— Roberto Barroco (Bocata, Barroco) has plans to open a new restaurant in Saint-Henri. Stay tuned.
— Ruth Reichl was briefly in town last week to promote her new book, My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life. The author, former The New York Times critic, and Gourmet editor ate at the likes of Park, and Vin Papillon / Joe Beef. There was also this photo op with Habs superstar P. K. Subban.
— Ossiano, a flashy new Mediterranean restaurant, is now open in Kirkland, off the Trans-Canada. The business is registered to a Maurice Chbat, who was last at 40 Westt steakhouse as general manager. There are other investors, apparently. Ossiano's chef, Niko Karagiannakis, is late of Paralia. Chris Nuttall-Smith, the food critic for The Globe and Mail, gave that Toronto restaurant one and a half stars this past May. Ossiano is so posh, it even has its own branded water, and “dolled up hostesses”.