Rosemont café Paquebot has expanded for the second time in just six months, opening a new location on St-Laurent in Old Montreal.
The coffee shop started out on Bélanger Street back in 2015, and built a name partly as a solid neighbourhood café, and partly by cupping some fairly unique drinks. It was the first place in town to serve draft lattes and nitro cold brew, the nitrogen infused coffee beverage, with the gas giving a smooth, creamy texture (nitro cold brew is gaining prominence around North America but is still relatively rare in Montreal). Then there’s the more out-there options like the so-bizarre-but-it-works curry-ginger latte, and options that get into non-alcoholic cocktail territory, such as the café-lemonade fizz.
Paquebot’s new location will do much of the same, directly across the street from the Palais de Justice — the sizeable new digs formerly belonged to comforting resto Le Robin Square, which recently moved a short distance away on Notre-Dame East.
It seems that Paquebot could be building a mini coffee empire in Montreal: last fall, its trio of owners bought Café Plume on Mont-Royal Avenue, making it their section location. At the same time, they got into the roasting business, merging with east-end roaster Zab — that’s the coffee that is served at all Paquebot locations.
STATUS — Paquebot is open at 520 St-Laurent from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends.