One of the best sushi spots in Montreal — named 24 on Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants list this year — is getting a grocery store.
The spot adjacent to the Mile End sushi restaurant Juni is being converted into a grocery store and workshop space, the owners told Eater Montreal Monday. Ôkini, located at 158 Laurier Avenue, is set to open in the spring of 2020, and will sell fish, pastries, crab, and grab-n-go Juni products, like soy sauce and spicy mayo.
The new space also has a seating area, at which groups of up to eight people can order a high-end tasting menu. Ôkini will also dip its toe in the world of 5 à 7’s — offering deals on sake, wine, and small plates on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays — and will hold cooking workshops, open to the public.
The new shop’s construction raised flags late November when Juni temporarily closed for renovations. But owners assured Eater Montreal the award-winning spot is back open, and will remain open at its regular hours as Ôkini is built (its two-week closure was just to conduct kitchen renovations that were necessary for the neighbouring space).