DOWNTOWN — Vegan and vegetarian magnates Lola Rosa have expanded yet again. Adding to a small empire of restaurants most recently in Old Montreal, as well as Mile End and near McGill University, is a newly-opened location on Sainte-Catherine, right alongside Place des Arts. It opened a week ago, doing a similar menu of comforting veggie dishes from nachos to curries and burgers.
DOWNTOWN — Well, that was fast: less than a year after opening a restaurant in Mile End (and after some three decades in the Jamaican patty-making business), Lloydie’s, the creator of jerk poutine, has opened a second location downtown. As previously reported, it’s on Crescent Street, sharing a block with Boustan and Mandy’s, doing a similar menu of jerk chicken, oxtail, sandwiches, and beyond.
POINTE-ST-CHARLES — Nuns’ Island Vietnamese spot Le Petit Sao has expanded, with a new location on Centre Street in Pointe-St-Charles. Expect a thorough menu of staples, from banh mi to spring rolls, pho, and a range of buns and bowls with tofu, grilled meats, and of course, lemongrass.
WESTMOUNT/MILE END — Casual sushi nook Ryu has set its sights on two new locations, one for Westmount, on Greene Avenue at Sainte-Catherine, and another on Laurier Avenue, in either Mile End or Outremont (the exact address is TBA), for an unspecified date in the future. Ryu started out as a more full-service restaurant on Laurier before closing down over a year ago — it could reprise its original location on the street, given that the space is not in use, but it’s unconfirmed as to whether that’s the case. Since closing that restaurant, Ryu rebranded as a more casual sushi spot with a new location on Peel and another in Laval, alongside existing outlets at Trudeau Airport.