Griffintown now has its own dedicated bagel store as Le Trou has just opened, rescuing locals from a trip to Mile End or less-than-fresh grocery store alternatives.
The small bakery is the brainchild of local couple Alexandra Grenier and Damien Cussac, who wanted to bring put forward a small, non-chain business to serve residents. Grenier has spent over a year perfecting her bagel-baking skills, selling them out of her home.
As previously reported, Le Trou is keeping to the classics (and obviously, Montreal-style bagels only) — sesame, poppy, and plain bagels are offered, in addition to one special creation, the Griffintown bagel, the contents of which are currently a mystery. The bakery has been partially open this week, with its official opening on Saturday (February 9), to coincide with the unofficial “holiday” of National Bagel Day.
With about a dozen seats, it’s a counter service spot, but beyond straight-up to-go bagels, some ready to eat options like sandwiches will be served, as well as coffee, making it a viable breakfast and lunch option.
While Le Trou is jumping into an industry with big players like Fairmount and St-Viateur, the owners have picked a solid niche: the Sud-Ouest is barely served by bagel bakeries, with Bagel St-Lo over in Verdun or chainy downtown spot La Fabrique de Bagel as the nearest options.
STATUS — Le Trou is open at 1845 William from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed Monday.