The extreme makeover of Grange vin+bouffe on McGill street's restaurant row in buzzy Old Montreal was recently unveiled. Le Speakeasy, from principals Cédric St-Onge and Nicolas Delrieu, originally opened in March as a coffee and sandwich shop. The ultimate plan, however, as the business's name suggests, was to open a clandestine cocktail bar at the back of the shop.
That happened at the beginning of May, reported an excited Delrieu today: "We opened the restaurant/cocktail bar in the back of the sandwich store two weeks ago. It's hidden behind a fridge door and the entrance is in the sandwich store." Le Speakeasy's menu covers a wide range, from tuna tataki to burrata, oysters to deep-fried candy bars. The official food and cocktail menu, and the bar's hours, have not been made public yet; the café-sandwich shop component of Le Speakeasy is open Monday to Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check out a photo gallery of the bar and restaurant's launch party here.