A Montreal restaurateur's favourite hashtag is about to come to life as a French diner in Saint-Henri, in a former La Belle Province franchise on the corner of Atwater and Notre-Dame Ouest. Foiegwa, among the most anticipated new projects in the city, is from Roberto Porres (Old Montreal's Barroco, Bocata), Christophe Beaudoin, brothers Toby and Taylor Gauley (also involved in Griffintown's new Bird Bar project), and others. The restaurant, first announced last November, "will be a French brasserie meets North American diner, with classics like cuisses de grenouille, soupe à l'oignon, steak frites," Porres remarked today.
Porres' cohorts at Barroco and Bocata, chef Jérémie Falissard, Marcus Gnosiam, and Louis Koorevaar, are also involved in Foiegwa. A back alley bar, named The Atwater Cocktail Club, is in the works for the space as well. "The diner will be open from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. every day, the bar from 5 p.m. until 3 a.m. also seven days a week," added Porres. Stay tuned for developments.
Update, April 27, 2016: Check out some Instagram hints about Foiegwa and The Atwater Cocktail Club.