Lola Rosa, one of Montreal's most popular vegan and vegetarian restaurants is about to open a third outpost on William and McGill. The new branch, currently under construction, will ultimately serve as a "Lola Rosa counter, with delivery, pickup, and lots of new stuff."
Owners Éric Bieunais and Pascal Hourriez operate Lola Rosa restaurants on Milton, in the McGill Ghetto, and on du Parc in Mile End. The duo's mission statement? "Create tasty, appetizing and comforting home-made vegetarian meals in order to attract more and more customers, to change their eating habits and allow them to have an impact on their well-being and the well-being of the Earth."
The space will be designed by boutique firm La Firme. Look for a more fast casual experience from the Old Montreal branch, with Lola Rosa classics (burritos, quesadillas, nachos, hemp burgers), and many more new items at the counter. Patrons will have the choice to stay in or take-out, and the restaurant will lean more vegan (about 80% of the menu) than vegetarian.
For the first time, Lola Rosa will also sell homemade products, such as sauces, chili, lasagna, bean and seitan burgers. "The goal is to enable our customers to recreate Lola Rosa restaurant quality meals at home by either buying ready-to-eat meals or buying certain ingredients and assembling them the way they want," explained Bieunais and Hourriez.
Look, too, for a wide variety of vegan pastries, vegan meringues, macarons, brownies, cheesecakes, and pies. Some vegan ice creams, and non-dairy homemade milks (almond, hazelnut) will also be sold. Lastly, "to make everyone’s life easy, our menu will be available via bicycle delivery. And an online grocery store will allow everyone to enjoy our products if they can't make it to our new location." The new Lola Rosa is expected to open by mid-June.