— A new tenant will finally replace L'Atelier bring-your-own-wine restaurant in Mile End, which closed suddenly last fall after the death of owner Pierre Roy. Caribou Gourmand plans to open this spring and writes that its mission is to "create dishes from gourmet ingredients with a touch of Normande cuisine." Stay tuned for details.
— Another Mile End restaurant, Carboni, recently opened at 5149 du Parc, between Laurier and Fairmount. Expect "Roman and Italian artisanal products and cuisine" from chef Publio Carboni and sommelier Claudia Marchese's restaurant. The couple grew up, and met in Rome, and worked previously at restaurants in the Maritimes and Côte d'Azur. Carboni's menu includes a range of pizza al taglio, and the restaurant broadcasts calcio matches too.
— A week after L'Espace Public, a microbrewery in Montreal's Hochelaga neighbourhood, successfully crowdsourced the construction of its summer patio, a car plowed through and effectively destroyed it. There were no injuries stemming from the incident, which took place last night. The terrasse will be rebuilt better than ever, management reassured on Facebook, with reinforcements to help avert this kind of disaster in the future. Probably a good idea. An area resident commented under the widely shared post that she was surprised this kind of accident doesn't happen more often, and urged bar and restaurant owners to install concrete pillars around the perimeters of their seasonal street patios to protect patrons. Police are on the lookout for the allegedly intoxicated driver who caused all the damage.
— Meanwhile, Alain Creton, the owner of downtown Montreal brasserie Chez Alexandre, is fighting with the city again over his Peel street sidewalk terrasse.
— Enjoy extended hours at Pointe-Saint-Charles's Café Bloom as of May 2. The coffee shop and restaurant will be open daily until 8 p.m. all summer long.
— Check out this street cabane à sucre setup from chef Grégory Paul of Le Mile-Ex: