Drifting in on the tailwinds of the successful Prince late last year, which drew in diners with the allure of a moderately-priced BYOB restaurant, its owners are set to open their newest venture later this week in Rosemont neighbourhood at 2666 Rue Masson.
Gaston is the latest project of Georges Blais and Marc-André Paradis, entrepreneurs who have accrued a reputation for developing establishments that focus on choose-your-own-adventure (or booze) experiences, as opposed to hiring sommeliers and mixologists. To say nothing short of the many, many businesses around town that proffer extensive wine lists and catered cocktail lists, their projects — Monsieur B, Les Canailles, Dur à Cuire, Le Smoking Vallée and Le Millen — have all become neighbourhood staples for dining with drinks. Gaston is planned to be no exception, given that it is conveniently located across from an SAQ that holds hourage similar to express locations you would find around town.
“Since (Gaston will be) in a family-oriented neighborhood, our prices will reflect that. It's going to be elegant but affordable,” Blais tells Eater. The plan is to serve meals in a bistro vein that is not entirely dissimilar to Blais and Paradis’ restaurants in the past; especially considering that Adam Martin, who was acting sous-chef at Prince, will be manning the helm of the kitchen. Martin’s prior experience includes work at the French restaurant L'Épicier in Old Montreal under chef Laurent Godbout. Under Godbout, Martin acted as commis for the biennial world chef competition Bocuse d’Or in 2015 and 2013; he won the prize for best commis in the latter year.
The tentative schedule for Gaston is to be open from Wednesdays to Sundays, with brunch services running on the weekends. “Think gargantuan, delightful, surprising plates for brunch,” Blais says. “We don't want to go the old two-eggs-bacon-toast route.” Gaston’s official menus are below:
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