There’s a whole new Nouveau Palais in town, as the Mile End comfort food haunt has opened a second location on Papineau Avenue on the Plateau.
The new arrival opens in the former Landry et Filles space, which closed last winter. It’s the first expansion for owners Jacques Séguin and Mary-Martha Campbell since they took over and made over late-night diner New Palace on Bernard Street in 2010 (chef Gita Seaton, who was also part of the original Nouveau Palais, has since left the business).
Séguin tells Eater that the new restaurant came about with the help of the Landry et Filles team.
“We were first offered to buy their truck and then Landry et Filles offered us a package deal...I think it will be a really fun venture.”
That newly-acquired vehicle was given the same branding as Nouveau Palais’ existing truck, Winneburger, and hit the road this summer.
The Papineau Nouveau Palais is taking a very similar approach to the original on the food front — it’ll serve a very similar menu, replete with oysters, an iceberg wedge-blue cheese salad, fried chicken, and the classic burger. It will be joined by wines from private importer Oenopole.
While the offerings may be similar to the original, the setting is a little different. The Bernard Nouveau Palais kept many of the old-school diner trappings from its predecessor, while the Papineau edition has shinier décor, complete with checkered floor, with art from local artist Marc-Olivier Lamothe. Update, Oct 10: take a look inside the new restaurant, which seats around 35.
The newcomer also holds a restaurant permit instead of a bar permit, meaning that it likely won’t be as much of a late-night drinking destination as the original, a favourite spot among Mile End denizens.
STATUS — Nouveau Palais (version 2.0) is open at 4764 Avenue Papineau from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday.