Get your agenda out — here’s a round-up of some forthcoming restaurants and other miscellaneous food news in the Montreal area.
MILE END — The Club Chasse et Pêche team appear to have a forthcoming Mile End restaurant, located on Saint-Laurent right next to Boucherie Lawrence (near Fairmount). A storefront there is papered over with logos from Chasse et Pêche, as well as from the group’s other two restaurants, Le Serpent and Le Filet. Also on the custom-made window paper are various renderings of different types of pasta. This might be a wild stab in the dark, but just to put it out there — it’s probably going to be a pasta restaurant. More details will be published as soon as Eater’s virtual hands can grab them.
DOWNTOWN — What’s the deal with all these damn restaurant expansions lately? Seems like everybody is opening a second location — next up is downtown taqueria Escondite. They’re adding a second location not too far from their current Union location. The first location is a major lunch hot spot, so the second location will serve those towards the west end of downtown, near the Bell Centre. Just like the first one, it’ll be from Yann Levy (Koa Lua, Biiru) — expect it to open in summer.
VILLAGE — Speaking of expansions, Montreal’s reigning monarchs of soft serve dipped in chocolate and various other toppings La Diperie are expanding again — they started franchising last year and successfully opened a plethora of locations on and off-island; their next stop is on Sainte-Catherine in the Village — where that pedestrian street for half the year seems to be an appealing option for many in the food business.
GRIFFINTOWN — Another expansion, this time from Boucherville artisanal bakery L’Amour du Pain, who are setting up their first on-island shop right near de la Montagne and Ottawa streets.
POINTE-ST-CHARLES — Montreal chocolate big guns Cacao 70 have a public chocolate factory in the works — according to their head chocolatier, it looks to be in the vicinity of the Nordelec building in Pointe-St-Charles.
ST-HENRI — Not happy with being a great patisserie, St-Henri newcomer from pastry star Nick Kemball Libertine Bakehouse has now added lunch service from noon to 3 p.m. daily (note: they’re closed Tuesday and Wednesday). Peep the menu with its croque monsieur and tartine below.
OLD MONTREAL — Just in time for Easter, swanky Greek spot Ikanos is adding a brunch service (Sundays only). Peep the menu in all its feta-topped glory here.
PLATEAU — St-Laurent Spanish restaurant La Sala Rosa has had various refreshes under new-ish chef Jeremiah Bullied (see: a very good brunch). This weekend they’re putting the Spanish aside and putting on a sugar shack menu, for those without cars, or who just don’t feel like driving an hour out of the city.
DOLLARD — Out west, southern food hub Bistro Nolah is offering culinary classes with guest chefs — on May 6 they’ll be joined by chef Michael Minorgan, who will teach Thai and Vietnamese food basics. Minorgan leads food trips to southeast Asia, and used to run Cajun restaurant La Louisiane.