— Advances at Agrikol, the anticipated Centre-Sud-Gay-Village restaurant project from Arcade Fire and Toronto's The Black Hoof, include a spectacular mural from artist Roland Jean. Jen Agg, Hoof matriarch, and Jean's wife, shared some hints recently on Instagram.
— Thai chef Jesse Mulder returns to Little Italy's Bethlehem XXX this weekend with his insane Chak Wow pop-up.
— Loïc, the buzzy new Saint-Henri bar, will kick off a sequence of Sunday wine soirées this weekend. It all starts at 8:00 p.m., with wines from Jean-Pierre Robinot (L'Ange Vin) and grub from chef Liam Barron front and centre.
— Downtown Montreal's cocktail scene just got a lift, thanks to relatively new bar Pistolero's revamped drinks menu.
— Plateau's Spanish/Basque restaurant, Pintxo, will intro weekend brunch service next week.
— Chef Antonio Park's new signature menu is now on offer at popular Old Montreal supper club, Flyjin.
— Ariane Krol reviews chef Fisun Ercan's Turkish brunch at BarBounya this week for La Presse. The critic cites a lack of consistency with the menu and service, but likes the Mile End restaurant enough to recommend it.
— Is Verdun barbecue mecca Blackstrap about to put sausage on the menu?
— Brewpub par excellence Brasserie Harricana just expanded a beverage menu that was pretty prodigious to start with. Look for more beers on tap, and homemade soda and kombucha too.
— Fiorellino, the new café-restaurant from Buonanotte, is live on Instagram now. ICYMI, Erik Mandracchia (Le Bremner, Impasto) is in as chef. The restaurant will offer wood-fire pizzas, but will not be a pizzeria per se. Owner Massimo Lecas told Eater months ago that this is "what Buonanotte would have looked like if we had opened it today instead of 23 years ago."