NDG — Remember Wings ‘n’ Things? Well, it’s back, in brick and mortar format: the purveyor of Buffalo wings, founded some 30 years ago, is doing a pop-up all month in the Porco space on Monkland Avenue. It’s keeping things simple: the menu is hot wings, curly fries, a poutine, and a couple of other options, with a dozen wings and fries going for $16. It’s still run by Brahm Mauer, the son of Wings ‘n’ Things founder — in recent years, those bird arms have only been available from a roaming food truck in warmer months, since Mauer’s last permanent location in TMR closed down. Wings ‘n’ Things will be serving up those fried treats Thursday through Sunday from 5 to 11 p.m. until the end of February.
POINTE-ST-CHARLES — There’s a double-whammy of new arrivals — in addition to the already-announced Fugazzi Pizza, right beneath it is the shimmering cocktail spot Milky Way, and just like its pie-slinging neighbours, it’s from the people behind St-Henri double act of Atwater Cocktail Club and Foiegwa, as well as Old Montreal’s Barroco.
OLD MONTREAL — Notre Dame coffee spot Tommy Café has expanded again, with Tommy Bagel now open right nearby on St-Paul. As the name suggests, it’s more of a breakfast and lunch spot than strictly a café, with bagel sandwiches as the specialty. It takes over restaurant Rockwood — both that establishment and Tommy are under the ownership of minor magnate Thomas Vernis, and after another expansion last year, it’s Tommy number three.
PLACE D’ARMES — Also expanding is NDG coffee shop Melk, which now has a location open on St-Urbain, right at Place d’Armes. As the third edition (after Monkland Village and Stanley Street), it’s looking pretty fancy.
DOWNTOWN — New on Mackay Street is Sandwicherie Ka’ek, specializing in Lebanese- and Jordanian-style ka’ek sandwiches — think a bagel-adjacent bread with lots of sesame on it. Classic fillings like sujuk and labneh are on hand, as are some fusion options like a Philly cheesesteak sandwich.
LITTLE ITALY — St-Hubert Street caffeination operation Café 8 Oz. has expanded with a new roastery and coffee shop just a few minutes away on St-Zotique, right next to La Bottega. Expect more coffee and pastries.
DOWNTOWN — Brossard Chinese hot pot restaurant Fondue du Pékin has made a jump onto the island, opening a restaurant by the same name in the space that was formerly American chain Cheeburger Cheeburger on Metcalfe Street, at Les Cours Mont Royal.
HOCHELAGA-MAISONNEUVE — Sushi catering operation Sushi à la Maison has gone brick and mortar, with a comptoir set-up now open on Ontario East. The company is still continuing its main operation where women (named “Miss Sushis”) come to your house and make sushi. All these women are very white and Québécoise, so correspondingly, the menu includes options like duck confit and pulled pork maki, and a fruit-cookie dough “dessert” sushi.
LATIN QUARTER — Pan-East Asia bakery Cocobun now has a location in the pedestrian concourse just outside Berri-UQAM metro station, immediately improving what is otherwise a very dreary place for any kind of food.