Chez BOSS & fils, a new gastropub and seafood restaurant, will look to lure Verdun diners where a former critical smash and Joël Robuchon protégé could not. Simpléchic had tremendous buzz when it opened at 3610 Wellington a decade ago but imploded at the end of 2011. Successor L'Olivier was not embraced by the neighbourhood, despite chef Olivier Perez's stints at Robuchon and Taillevent.
Chez BOSS & fils will now take up the challenge on the tricky corner of Wellington and Lasalle. Partners include industry vets Louis Boutin (Soto, Bice, Le Latini, Verses, Chez Lévêque, Kitchen Galerie Poisson) and Félix Dauvet-Lainesse (Chez Lévêque, Laurie Raphaël, Taverne F). Chef Dara Khlot will get a hand from Jean-Philippe St-Denis before the former Kitchen Galerie chef returns to his seasonal gig at Auberge du Mange Grenouille in Le Bic at the end of April. Look for Chez BOSS & fils to open sometime in the next three weeks.