Newer, moneyed Pointe-Saint-Charles homeowners have patiently waited for someone to take a flyer on the patchy stretch of Wellington between Charlevoix and de la Congrégation for a long time. This week the somewhat derelict but hopeful strip welcomed Chez Dallaire, a restaurant from principal Hugo Dallaire that could help jump-start a Verdun and Saint-Henri-like commercial turnaround. Not to put unwarranted pressure on the new Québécois gastropub but a lot of residents in the historic Sud-Ouest enclave would love a reliable haunt closer to home than, say, Promenade Wellington or Notre-Dame Ouest in Little Burgundy and Griffintown.
Chez Dallaire has been in the works for some time. Dallaire posted a photo of the restaurant's newly acquired alcohol permit on June 11 and wrote: "Who wants a cold one? A year and a half later." Better late than never for thirsty Pointe-Saint-Charles locals.
Status: Chez Dallaire, 2035 Wellington, between Ash and Charon, (438) 384-3130, certified open.