DOWNTOWN — Yann Levy, the bar and restaurant impresario behind Biiru, Escondite, and the soon-to-open Cuban spot La Habanera, has divulged the name of his new Hawaiian, Asian fusion project. Koa Lua, now active on Facebook, will give the city poke — the chirashi bowl like Hawaiian staple suddenly on offer at new Montreal restaurants like Le Poké Bar and Venice — and more. Look for Koa Lua this August, in the former Broadway Cheesecake Co. on Sainte-Catherine Ouest, corner Mackay.
SAINT-HENRI — Satay Brothers has reverted to summer schedule mode. As of this week, enjoy lunch at the Singaporean street food restaurant's Atwater Market stall, and dinner as of 5 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday, at its nearby brick-and-mortar location on Notre-Dame Ouest.
TÉTREAUTVILLE — Le Coq de L'Est 2015, the makeover of a former serveuses sexy restaurant by ex Joe Beef, Tavern on the Square, and L'Orignal chef Omar Zabuair, just announced the return of weekend brunch. You can now order takeout (in person only) from the Mercier-Est restaurant as well.
VILLERAY — Patio alert for Villeray: Café Ferlucci test drove a new terrasse this week.
AHUNTSIC — The ever-popular Fleury street terrasse at Le St-Urbain marked a return this week.
PLATEAU — Le Journal de Montréal chronicled the steps some merchants on Rachel have taken to weather a grueling, almost Orwellian four-year spell of street and sidewalk work by the city. Some have had it easier than others. "With our reputation, we've become a must, especially for tourists, so customers often travel here by taxi or public transportation and are not hampered by the work," Annie Barsalou, the owner of poutine emporium La Banquise, told the paper.
GRIFFINTOWN — Harvey Lev, the owner of New City Gas, a heritage landmark that now serves as a popular dance club, told CTV that his property may be appropriated and sacrificed by the provincial government to make way for the city's proposed light rail line. It's a disturbing trend, noted Lev. "I spent my whole life in [Griffintown] and there's almost nothing left."
GRIFFINTOWN — Bird Bar, a new fried chicken concept from restaurateur Kimberly Lallouz (Miss Prêt-à-Manger, Monsieur), has now been pushed back to this summer.