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A Look into Tendresse, the Vegan Restaurant Hitting The Village This Season

New bistro from the owners of Bar Renard will focus on multicultural animal-free cuisine


The owners of Verdun’s Bar Palco and The Gay Village’s Bar Renard have devoted themselves to a new project this Winter: Vegan bistro Tendresse, set to open by this Spring.

The restaurant, located across the street from Bar Renard at 1259 St-Catherine Street East, is currently under construction, but co-owners Marc-Antoine Coulombe and Isabelle Corriveau (who also co-own Renard and Palco) and their partners Catherine St-Cyr and Étienne Parent say they hope to soft-open by the end of February.

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The team behind Tendresse told Eater Montreal in a statement that they see the new restaurant as an opportunity to “reinvent ourselves.” Making a departure from the chic cocktails and modern bistro dishes that Renard and Palco are both known for, they plan to serve vegan cuisine “inspired by a lot of multicultural flavors” at Tendresse.

What this means, exactly, is still up in the air; the Tendresse team is still crafting their menu and working out details. However, we do know a few specifics about their service so far: The Tendresse team plans to offer a modern, upscale wine list, and will do both take-out and sit-down food service. They also plan to host a weekly “boozy brunch” and sing-a-long to 90’s hits every Sunday.

In terms of space and design, specifics are still under wraps — but if the hints they’ve left on their Instagram are any indication, their colour scheme is skewed toward regal shades like deep gold, bronze, copper, and will include a touch of vibrant peach.

“Our design will make you never want to leave,” Tendresse owners said in their statement.

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And if there’s anything conclusive the team is carrying over from Bar Renard to Tendresse, it’s their ethos of inclusion and accessibility. Renard, which markets itself as a safe space that represents the diversity that Montreal’s Gay Village has to offer, and has a fully wheelchair accessible outdoor terrasse during the summer, has set the example for Tendresse to follow.

“Tendresse is a restaurant for one and for all,” the owners said in their statement.

STATUS Tendresse is currently under construction, set to soft-open by the end of February. Bar Renard is open from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. every day, and Bar Palco is open from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Sunday and Monday, and from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Bar Palco

4019 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G 1V6 (514) 303-1345 Visit Website

Bar Renard

1272 Rue Sainte-Catherine Est, Ville-Marie, QC H2L 2H2 (514) 903-0648 Visit Website


1259 Ste-Catherine Est, Montréal, QC H2L 2H3 Visit Website