You can order a beer without food at Balconville now. Months after principals Sophie Bergeron, Frédéric Leblond, Marc-André Paradis, and Jean-François Pigeon announced plans to secure a bar permit after Verdun's pivot away from prohibition, the paperwork has come in. This technically makes the restaurant the second such establishment in the bar bereft borough, after brewpub Benelux.
"We are extremely pleased to finally have our bar permit," Pigeon told Métro. "It's a relief to finally put our plans in motion. It was long." Balconville's new identity includes extended hours and a wider range of local microbrews from the likes of Dieu du Ciel.
The new Verdun bylaw allows establishments on Wellington between Strathmore and 6e Avenue, as well as parts of Île-des-Sœurs, to apply for bar permits. Owners must meet specific criteria and "be compatible with their host environment."