ROUGEMONT — Strip clubs, residential housing, sexy cowboy bars, family restaurants, and sports bar chains — Montreal magnate Peter Sergakis has owned a wide range of things, and there’s one more to add to the list: an organic farm. According to agricultural publication La Terre, Sergakis snapped up a farm near the Monteregie town of Rougemont this spring, and will use it to supply produce to his restaurants. Owning part of the supply chain like this probably isn’t a terrible idea, given the sheer number of establishments Sergakis owns, including all of sports bar chain Station des Sports. And, Sergakis specified that he wanted an organic farm in particular because (to paraphrase) “organic food is popular”. So, maybe next time you head to someplace like Cabaret Les Amazones to watch undressed women dance for money, take heart knowing that your gratin potato skins may well be organic.
DOWNTOWN — Dirty Dogs, the purveyor of tubular meats loaded up with a lot of toppings, has expanded into a rather large new location — it’s now open in the former site of Crescent Street bar Dundees.
MILE END — Villeray’s modern Portuguese restaurant Emilia is expanding less than a year after it opened. It’ll be opening on St-Viateur W near St-Urbain, in the space that used to be taco bar Socialito and short-lived Italian resto Tucci. Expect fusiony, casual options like a chorizo-chicken grilled cheese, a Portuguese-style hot dog, and more.
CHINATOWN — Taiwanese-influenced dessert chain Sugar Marmalade has opened a new location on Clark Street, serving shaved ice desserts, sago puddings, various red bean and matcha desserts, and a few savoury options. The Ontario-based chain used to have a location on Bishop Street that was forced to close after a fire in a neighbouring building in 2018; it has one other Montreal-area outlet in Brossard.
NDG — Chocolate chain Juliet et Chocolat has made a move on NDG, taking over the site of Croissant Monkland, which, in spite of its name, moved over to Sherbrooke Street. It’s now open.
SHAUGHNESSY VILLAGE — Less of an expansion and more of a move, Chinese dumpling spot Qing Hua has moved from Lincoln Street over to de Maisonneuve and St-Mathieu.