Seven months after the shutter of Grange vin+bouffe, a wine, tapas, and 5 à 7 bar, a new project has assumed the formerly derelict space on McGill's restaurant row in Old Montreal. Le Speakeasy, from Cédric St-Onge, and Nicolas Delrieu, of pastry shop Duc de Lorraine, is now open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a menu that includes four types of ciabatta sandwiches (pork, chicken, beef, veg), and assorted espresso-based coffee drinks. The restaurant has a liquor permit, which is fortunate given the name, and seems destined for more than just sandwiches and coffee. Probably a good plan, given the plethora of superb lunch haunts close by, like Olive et Gourmando, Le Cartet, SoupeSoup, Titanic, and more. A recent Facebook message exhorts: "Come and try one of our delicious sandwiches before the opening of the Speakeasy in April!"
Status: Le Speakeasy MTL, 120 McGill, Old Montreal, (514) 883-9138, open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.