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A Lovely Village Bakery Has Returned From the Dead

With new ownership, and a pivot

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Amherst Street bakery De Farine et d’Eau Fraîche has unexpectedly reopened its doors in recent weeks.

The bakery (previously known for its bread, sandwiches, mille-feuilles, cupcakes, and more) shuttered last April after seven years in business. Circumstances beyond the owner’s control were cited as the rather vague reason. While the owners were coy about a possible return, it certainly seemed ominous.

Yet, fast-forward to December and the Village café-slash-bakehouse is back in the saddle, but, gone are former owners Sacha Dufresne and Marilu Gunji.

De Farine et d’Eau Fraîche’s (DFEF) new owners bring a mix of experience: the bakery is now in the same stable as downtown fancy custom cake house Desserts Etc., and taco and burrito spot Don Taco, which cohabit alongside each other on Sainte-Catherine in Shaughnessy Village.

The new ownership seems to have switched up the approach at DFEF: while it’s certainly still a bakery, brunch is taking a more prominent role with all manner of pizzas, egg-and-avocado plates, and pancakes on the menu. Tacos are also on the menu, presumably due to the aforementioned taqueria under the same umbrella.

STATUS — De Farine et d’Eau Fraîche is open at 1701 Amherst Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Monday.

De Farine et d'Eau Fraîche

1701 rue Amherst, Montréal, QC H2L 3L4 (514) 522-2777 Visit Website