ST-HENRI — Monkland Avenue seafood restaurant Lucille’s is planning some kind of expansion to the Notre-Dame West strip, with an Eater tipster spotting banners bearing the restaurant’s pin-up girl logo in the hood. They’re pasted up at 4855 Notre-Dame West — part of a general push further west into the neighbourhood (see also: Loïc and Elena, in recent years). There’s no word on whether it’ll be a duplicate of the NDG restaurant, Lucille’s Oyster Dive, or Westmount’s Brasserie Lucille’s, or something totally new, but in any case, it’s not set to open until 2019.
PLACE-DES-ARTS — Speaking of NDG, neighbourhood coffee staple Melk is plotting another expansion. It’s going to be opening on St-Urbain Street adjacent to the Palais de Congrès. This will be location number three, after Monkland (open since 2013), and another downtown café on Stanley Street (open since 2015).
PT-ST-CHARLES/GRIFFINTOWN — Little Burgundy caffeine favourite September Surf is riding a wave of success, with a double expansion in the works. First up, the surf aficionados will open a coffee counter in trendy Griffintown clothing store Burton on Notre-Dame W at Versailles. That’s in the works for November — then in early 2019, a full-scale new café from the same crew will open in the Nordelec building across the Lachine Canal in Pointe-St-Charles. These are the first expansions for September Surf since arriving in 2016 (not counting the addition of a snack bar to its Little Burgundy premises).
LAVAL — Creative downtown taqueria Escondite opened its doors in Laval this week. It has room for 85 in a space adjacent to Carrefour Laval (plus a terrasse for 50 in warmer months), and will offer a similar mix of classic tacos and new creations as the downtown original and the newer version near the Bell Centre.
LITTLE ITALY — Seems like Latin Quarter brewpub Saint-Houblon is working on a new bar for the north side. The microbrewery, which opened on St-Denis in 2014, appears to be taking over the former Table du Pêcheur location on St-Laurent, at the prime corner of St-Zotique. The brewery also has a Côte-des-Neiges outlet where it sells its ambers, sours, and more.
OLD MONTREAL — Villeray gluten-free bakery Le Marquis is planning its first expansion — it’ll be opening on St-Paul Street sometime in October.
PLATEAU — Montréal-Est kebab go-to TGV Istanbul is trying its hand at a more central location — it opened up on St-Denis Street just near Mont-Royal in recent weeks.
ALL OVER — Hey Baconator fans: burger chain Wendy’s is looking to expand its presence in Quebec. The company is on the hunt for franchisees right now, according to Resto Biz — at present, it counts just 12 locations within the province, and is looking to add new ones in pretty much every major city.
- This is Your First Look at Brasserie Lucilles in Westmount [EMTL]
- Opening Alert: Monkland Village Café MELK Pulls Espresso Shots Downtown [EMTL]
- September, Little Burgundy’s Café Homage to Surf Culture, Is Now Open [EMTL]
- Every Table Has a Beer Tap at New Latin Quarter Pub Saint-Houblon [EMTL]
- Wendy’s Restaurants of Canada seeking franchise business partners throughout Quebec [RestoBiz]