One of Montreal's finest bakeries is about to expand. As speculated yesterday, Boulangerie Guillaume will indeed assume the space held by the former La Cucina. The owners of the recently closed pizza and pasta restaurant have sold their section of a building on boulevard Saint-Laurent between Laurier and Fairmount. Immediate neighbour Guillaume plans to appropriate the space for its own use.
"We will expand soon, hopefully by the end of spring," bakery co-owner Guillaume Vaillant told Eater. "The project will extend in multiple phases because we don't have a partner, and [are operating] with a tiny budget. Still, it's gonna be great for our customers, employees, and for the neighbourhood." Vaillant added that he's still in the process of completing plans, and obtaining permits for the renovation.
Early days to be sure, but something for Guillaume regulars to look forward to. The bakery, both at its old address on Fairmount, and its current, sleeker digs, has never been the roomiest of spaces. Not that customers have much minded — cheek by jowl, they've clamoured for Guillaume's breads and viennoiseries. Regardless, the logistical ease promised by a bigger, better Guillaume is likely to be widely embraced.