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Lego Disapproves of This ‘Lego Pop-Up Bar’, But It’s Still Coming to Montreal, Apparently

Plus, some changes at vegetarian restaurant LOV, and more news to know


MONTREAL, SOMEWHERE — A bar loaded with children’s building blocks is probably coming to Montreal this summer. A variety of websites report that “the Brick Bar” will pop-up somewhere in the city from August 2 to 4 — there’s no confirmation of these dates on the pop-up’s official website, a press release provided has confirmed the dates. While most people are labeling it a “Lego-themed bar”, it’s worth noting that Lego previously told Eater Montreal that as a children’s toy company, it had no interest in working with an outfit committed to serving booze, meaning that the bar is not actually allowed to use the Lego name in its branding. However, it seems the bar is allowed to use actual Lego bricks for its décor, as evidenced by photos from the same pop-up in Australia. Anyhow, Lego or no Lego, if you want to get drunk in a room full of small choking hazards, mark your calendars.

THE MEDIA — Soupesoup founder and queen of pouding chômeur Caroline Dumas is coming out with another cookbook this spring. This one will be geared towards entertaining, focusing on hors d’oeuvres, tapas, and cocktails. Named À Boire et à Manger, it will be released May 15.

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DOWNTOWN, SOUTH SHORE, ETC — Vegetarian mini-chain LOV is making a small pivot, with its menus shifting to fully vegan offerings as of last week, ditching all dairy and eggs. There’s also a new LOV in the works for the South Shore i— it’ll open in Brossard mall complex Dix30 in the summer. This will be restaurant number four, following the Old Montreal original, and locations downtown and in Laval.

DOWNTOWN — Eater’s Bar of the Year, Club Pelicano, is throwing a Jamaican pop-up this week with chef Sherwin Commock, of former St-Henri spot Buck15. He’ll cook up smokey mac and cheese and jerk chicken sliders alongside plenty of tropical beats from 8 p.m. until 3 a.m. this Saturday night (April 13) — details are on Facebook.

ALL OVER — Tartarefest, Montreal’s “festival” of raw meat, is returning this month, with over 40 restaurants putting on special tartares. They’re listed on the festival’s website.