VILLERAY — A very neighbourly new business just opened on Jean-Talon and de la Roche: Mon Atelier de Quartier is a hybrid being, serving coffee shop standards, while also offering a DIY space for people to repair their worldly possessions. According to La Presse, Mon Atelier is open on a regular basis (every day but Monday) with an array of tools and materials on hand for fixing everything from clothes to appliances; there’s also space for workshops and other regular events. For access to the DIY side of Mon Atelier, a membership is required. Otherwise, anyone can stop by to buy coffee and pastries; fitting with Mon Atelier’s eco-friendly approach, the café is also a zero-waste business.
VERDUN — A new meat-free dining option has landed in Verdun. Archway is now open on Wellington Street at Regina. Open daytimes and into the early/mid-evenings Thursday to Sunday, it’s serving picturesque plant-based food like smoothie and açai bowls and various salads. The evenings bring some fruity and floral cocktails centred around gin and vodka, and some special dishes like faux-chicharron made with enoki mushrooms, or a jackfruit “pulled pork” slider.
LITTLE BURGUNDY — Very pretty Little Burgundy eatery Perles & Paddock has broadened its mission: the restaurant is now open by day as a coffee shop, serving beans from local roaster Zab. Perles & Paddock isn’t just letting its kitchen sit idle during those daytime hours — pastry chef Erik Champagne has crafted a café menu that includes a breakfast sandwich, chia bowl, and lunchier salads and sandwiches, alongside house-baked sweets. As an incentive to get people in, all coffees are half-price for the month of February, any time on a weekday (the café is open weekends too, but the drinks are regular-price).
DOWNTOWN — You’ve got a new option for hot pot right in the heart of downtown — Lau Jiu Men is now open at de Maisonneuve and City Councillors.
LITTLE ITALY — A new Japanese restaurant, Ume, has opened on St-Laurent, just north of Beaubien. From onigiri to tataki, ramen, and sashimi, it’s taking on a relatively wide range of Japanese options. Also: sake.
DOWNTOWN — Metcalfe Street restaurant MKT has moved and reopened. It’s now called Osteria MKT and has taken up residence in the former presbytery behind the Christ Church Cathedral (the same building housing the new location of Café Olimpico). It’s now a lot bigger: it’ll house double the number of people and has private rooms for events; a large terrasse will also be added in summer.