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These 3 Great Local Cafés Just Opened New Locations

And Villeray’s Larue & Fils is getting into the roasting game, too

Couches at Larue & Fils’ roastery with roasting equipment in the background. Larue & Fils/Facebook

MILE-EX/LITTLE ITALY — Neighbourhood coffee favourites Larue & Fils have expanded for a second time, opening a new roastery. The coffee shop has gone outside the boundaries of Villeray for the first time, taking up residence in a former industrial space on Waverly, just north of Beaubien (access is from Beaubien only, as it’s a dead-end street).

Open as of Wednesday, it’s a big, somewhat sparse space with couches, and bar stools along a long counter — it’ll supply roasts to Larue & Fils’ other locations on de Castelnau (the original) and Jarry. It’s open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 6550 Waverly.

LATIN QUARTER — Popular Beaubien Street coffee shop Pista has paired up with beer bar Pamplemousse for its first expansion, located on St-Laurent right by Pamplemousse. It’s a big’un — with a former electronics store at its disposal, it clocks in at 2,000 square feet, with room for 60 customers. Expect roasts from the Pista guys themselves (the original Petite-Patrie café switched to serving house roasts in late 2018), and a kitchen serving light lunches and weekend brunch.

As with the very pretty Pista 1.0, design is a focus here, with furniture from local firm Alphabet and custom-made lighting from Hamster. It’s open at 1587 St-Laurent from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by night, the space will be used for private groups, and cultural events such as vernissages.

Caffe in Gamba’s sign overhead the door of its new location. Caffè In Gamba/Facebook

MILE END — After 12 years in business on Parc Avenue, Caffè In Gamba has made its first expansion, opening in the rapidly-changing loft-office zone at St-Viateur East and Casgrain. It took over the former premises of Brooklyn Café, by agreement with the owners of that now-closed eatery.

In Gamba was one of the city’s first third wave-ish coffee shops when it started back in 2007, it now carries a rotating selection of solid coffees including roasts from Vancouver’s 49th Parallel and Hamilton’s Detour. With a sizable space on hand, it also serves salads. Open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, closed weekends.