Cacao 70 is something of a Montreal success story — having started out only six years ago as a drinking chocolate spot, it quickly got into a more general chocolate game and has expanded to another seven cities across Canada. Today (May 1), Cacao makes a major expansion with a large-scale public factory opening in Pointe-St-Charles.
As reported a few weeks back, it’s in the Nordelec complex — the revamped former Northern Electric Company building, which is emblematic of broader changes in the neighbourhood (i.e. it has been converted partly into condos). Cacao 70 have an 8,000 square foot space there, where they’ll be producing chocolate bars for the broader operation.
Heading up the factory are the duo that opened former NDG pastry and coffee hub Le Petit Trianon (which closed about a year ago), Van Hien Dao and Gaiia Kim. Dao is the factory’s director, while Kim will work as head chocolatier — a role she’s well cut out for, having graduated from Vancouver’s École Chocolat, and cut her teeth with pastry and sweets at Maison Boulud, Toqué, XO Le Restaurant, and Rhubarbe. She’ll work both on overseeing production and developing new chocolate products, some of which may be sample-able at the factory spot.
STATUS — Cacao 70’s factory is open at 1751 Richardson St (suite T10) as of Monday May 1.