It's been a busy year for veteran Montreal restaurateur Carlos Ferreira. The owner of Ferreira Café, Taverne F, and Café Vasco da Gama retooled his flagship restaurant on Peel street last summer to mark its milestone 20th anniversary. Now Ferreira is about to embark upon a new project that will considerably strengthen his holdings in downtown Montreal.
That project, daughter Sandra Ferreira confirms, is a restaurant specializing in grilled Portuguese chicken. The still unnamed poultry pusher will be located at 1108 de Maisonneuve Ouest, next to Soubois, in the former Royal Photo camera store and photo lab. The concept seems like a natural: an ostensibly casual complement to the more formal Ferreira Café and Taverne F, that's still firmly connected to the Ferreira brand. Consider, too, that chef João Dias's piri piri grilled Cornish hen is a popular menu item at Ferreira Café; Taverne F, for its part, serves a pretty mean churrasco chicken. All this in a part of town that's not exactly teeming with Portuguese chicken joints, aside from the likes of Charcos and Grillado's, which are both further west. Bottom line: the business lunch crowd might just flock to this big way. Ferreira expects to open the new restaurant sometime in May. Stay tuned for developments.