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Michele Forgione (Osteria Venti) announced that he will finally open a gelateria in 2013! I think it deserves the creation of this 2013 openings thread!

Also opening in 2013 : Rustique, a pie shop in St-Henri (www.rustiquepiekitchen.com). I already put it in the 2012 thread but it should be here.

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  1. An outpost of Toronto "hotspot" La Société will be opening around March in the Loews Hotel Vogue on de la Montagne, which is currently undergoing a complete renovation. The food is apparently nothing to write home about but the restaurant attracts its fair share of "celebrities" and Toronto "socialites" (http://www.torontolife.com/daily/dail...). I wonder if this type of overpriced see-and-be-seen place will "fit" in the Montreal scene.

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    1. re: certifiedfresh

      La société opened a few weeks/day ago in time for the F1 GP.

      Highlights from the online menu is that they seem to sell mill street brewery beers at their montreal location, which is a good thing!

      Otherwise at this point not much other info/opinion as I havent tried it yet, but decor wise, what an improvement over the old place.

      1. re: westaust

        Societe in Loews has recently opened, and is already infamous for being awarded zero stars in a review from the Gazette's Lesley Chesterman. Honestly, it is absurd for a french restaurant from Toronto to expand in Montreal.

        1. re: Siumaieater

          Here's that awesomely scathing review:
          http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/F...

          Curiously, her second zero-star review of the month, and she says she went decade without one of those:
          http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/F...

          https://twitter.com/lesleychestrman/s...

          Bad luck, or maybe she's just reached a point where she's not even gonna try to be nice about a bad experience? (I'm guessing a bit of both)

          Anyway, to me, the Icone review sounds rougher, but the Societe one is more amusing for the French bistro from T.O. reason.

    2. Les Enfants Terribles will be opening a new restaurant on L'ile-des-soeurs. Same concept, with a huge terrasse by the water apparently, should open in March.

      1. I think someone took over the "Meat Market" location (and I assume permits) to open a new restaurant.

        Papered up, building permit posted...

        1. Pitaya Maya in the West Island is opening on Jan 30th.

          1. Whatever happened to GUU opening here?

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            1. TA is opening an NDG outpost on Monkland in late January!

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                  1. re: kpzoo

                    Thanks. I bet the new location will be the old Java U spot. Grand is too far from the main shopping area.

                  2. re: eat2much

                    Very happy for them! They've had some tough times with the construction on Parc, and they couldn't be nicer people.

                    Where did you hear the news, eat2much? There's nothing on their main site or facebook.

                    1. re: Shattered

                      I picked up some pies the other day and was chatting with the staff.

                      1. re: eat2much

                        Where on Monkland, do you know?

                        1. re: kpzoo

                          I was told that it is going to be in a highrise so I would assume it is either in the same building as Sushi Star (near Girouard) or in the one near Grand.

                    2. re: eat2much

                      Any news on when they plan to open? Didn't see any news on their website.

                      1. re: causeimhungry

                        According to their Facebook, they should be open "[...] in aprox 3 weeks".

                        http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi...

                        1. re: SnackHappy

                          So glad to hear the new TA in NDG wasn't just a rumour.

                          Just to have it in this thread for the record - the location will be 5525 Monkland, near Girouard. It's the spot just to the west of Mikado.

                            1. re: kpaxonite

                              i don't think the owner thought about the name's googling compatibility.... particularly with the french.

                        2. Chinese-American Chain P.F Changs is Opening in the Spring 2013 at Smartcentre Shopping Centre in Decarie

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                          1. re: thegluttonousstudent

                            Are they any good? Looking at their Toronto website (& based on location), it looks like an Outback steak house of Chinese, lol. But hey, maybe they'll surprise us and be more like The Keg.

                            http://www.pfchangs.ca/

                              1. re: Shattered

                                It's really good if you're looking for Chinese in say, Scottsdale.

                                1. re: wattacetti

                                  Their alcohol laden cocktails give PF Chang its charm. However, our nanny state renders this practice prohibitively expensive and I won't be in any rush to visit PF Chang.

                                2. re: Shattered

                                  I ate at a PF Changs in Walnut Creek, CA about 10 years ago and it was okay-- the food is okay, the cocktails are okay; however, the service is slim and the sheer number of people makes it difficult to get service or warm food. I don't recommend going for the first year it's open. It'll be heinous.

                                3. re: thegluttonousstudent

                                  Passed a sign at Carrefour Laval yesterday. P.F. Changs will also be opening a location at the mall, right next to the Keg and Crate and Barrel this summer. And for what it is, I think they are pretty decent for a chain restaurant.

                                  1. re: thegluttonousstudent

                                    Opening will be on the 18th of April for the Decarie location, summer for Carrefour Laval

                                  2. Dunno if re-openings after renovation count... the Soup & Noodle on the corner of St-Marc & St-Catherine reopened under the name Star Noodle. The waitress said it was the same owners. Menu seems to be the same. Me & the boyfriend went there last night since it's his favourite place and we're just a block away, he's been impatiently waiting for it to reopen!

                                    1. It's been opened since November 30, but I haven't seen any mention on this board: Projet 67 has opened in the old Cuisine et Dependence location on St-Laurent. Jean-François Vachon (of M sur Masson) is the chef. Of course, as is the trend, no menu available online.

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                                      1. While I'm fairly certain it opened late in 2012, I just discovered what looks to be a very "quaint" and "cute" basement restaurant called Les Temps Nouveaux.

                                        http://www.lestempsnouveaux.com/ (a surprisingly good website) and the "new black"
                                        https://www.facebook.com/LesTempsNouv...

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                                        1. re: EaterBob

                                          Yes, nice clean website design.

                                          I believe that is a very old restaurant, once a very old-fashioned French restaurant where I had a memorable meal with a distinguished guest, in the 1980s. That is right across from Berri-UQAM, on three métro lines including the yellow from the South Shore, so a good meeting point ... if the resto is good.

                                        2. Rumor has it that the Keg is opening in Fairview Pointe-Claire, near the Bay where the passport office was located.

                                          There is no signage outside, but there have been some major refacing and renovations going on. Hope it's true!

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                                            1. re: Gregoso

                                              Wheres the pasport office moving?!

                                                1. re: porker

                                                  It already moved during the summer, just after the Pharmaprix/SAQ entrance.

                                              1. Opened in mid-december, but was not on this site yet : Brama, a new italian restaurant in Little-Italy https://fr-ca.facebook.com/Restaurant...

                                                1. Hubert Marsolais (Club chasse et pêche, Le Filet) had advertised opening a new spot in the Darling Foundry, where Cluny Art Bar formerly was... The opening was supposed to be in December 2012, but I haven't heard anything since the press release last June. Any news?

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                                                  1. re: sgmontreal

                                                    They made it into the Conservus newsletter this week. Apparently the scheduled opening for Le Serpent is June.

                                                    They drop Hubert Marsolais', Claude Pelletier's, Michele Mercuri's, Philippe Boisvert's and Denis Lessard's names.

                                                    1. re: EaterBob

                                                      Has anybody heard what's happening with this? I've been anxiously waiting but we're now into July..

                                                      1. re: Fintastic

                                                        To respond to my own question, I peered into the former Cluny this week and it still appears to be completely gutted. As far as I can tell from the entrance there's been no progress here in quite some time, and they are certainly no where near opening a new restaurant in the space. Perhaps this plan has fallen apart or maybe its just indefinitely delayed? In any case not a promising sign..

                                                        1. re: Fintastic

                                                          Noticed a MERCURI sign appeared on Wellington/Soeurs-Grises. Set to open in Fall.

                                                          1. re: Edwidge

                                                            Just saw that on Twitter (from Katerine-Lune Rollet):

                                                            Proprios du Filet + Club C&P annoncent l'ouverture prochaine du Serpent dans Fonderie Darling. "brut à l'honneur". Chef: Michele Mercuri

                                                  2. Passion et gourmandises : New pastry shop on the Plateau. Looks interesting : www.passionetgourmandises.com

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                                                    1. re: Glaff

                                                      Especially in the southwestern Plateau; avenue des Pins just east of St-Laurent. Sadly, too many dull chains have popped up since the never-ending infrastructure work on the "Main". Hope it is good and successful!

                                                    2. On 1832 Sainte-Catherine West (where Café thEATre was) there's a new ... izakaya, I think? It's not clear. The name is either "Bar Ici" or "Teppan Ici". They had a big tacky "Free Beer" sign out today (it's opening day?) and I talked briefly with one of their guys, but we just had dinner.

                                                      Menu seems to be all about Japanese Pub food and Teppanyaki, but interestingly they also have a focus on "J-Dogs". JAPADOG (http://www.japadog.com/) is big in Vancouver, so perhaps they're trying to replicate the success here. Will be trying next week.

                                                      It might be a spinoff of "Restaurant Ici" in St-Hubert because they share the same starfish logo: http://restaurantici.com/

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                                                      1. re: denpanosekai

                                                        Please give us an update when you try it. I'm curious!

                                                      2. A new Spanish tapas place called Toro has opened on Notre Dame in Old Montreal in the space formerly occupied by Pasta a Piacere.

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                                                        1. Fortune Dumpling & Bubble Tea to open soon on St-Catherine between Guy and St-Mathieu, right next to the Dagwoods.

                                                           
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                                                          1. re: Chocolatesa

                                                            Thursday Jan 17th at noon to be precise! Place looks awesome, with the kitchen right by the front window. You can bet this will draw a lot of curious folks!

                                                            1. re: Chocolatesa

                                                              I got take out there tonight and it is delicious.... I got a mix of porc mushroom dumpings (P1... because the man at the cash said he liked them and they are popular) and beef coriander dumplings. They charge an extra 1.50 for doing a mix so with tax and tip for 15 or 16 dumplings it was 16 dollars... it sounds a little pricey but I think it actually very good value. They are a little weird about cash/credit/debit which I pointed out to the cashier...If you read the french signs then you can only use debit if you have a ten dollar order and credit if you have 30, in english it is 5 and 30 (Im not sure what it says in chinese haha.. it was obviously a mistake and when I laughed, the cashier said she would fix it).

                                                              When you walk into the restaurant you can see two chefs preparing food on a low table to your left using very fresh ingredients..everything is made to order (unlike qing hua where they at least sell frozen ones... I dont know if they use frozen ones to serve people though). Pestels are filled with beef and porc and other yummy ingredients. The dumplings didnt look like they would be very good.... like they had too much pasta... but I was downright wrong, they are juicy and very delicious. I will definitely return.

                                                              The spicy sauce is great.

                                                            2. Seems like there will be a new bakery corner St-Marc/Ste-Catherine, where Noodles U & Me used to be. Name's "Ole Boulangerie" and most likely tied in to the crappy Cafe Ole right next door.

                                                              Somewhat curious, but I doubt it'll challenge Wawel Patisserie.

                                                              1. From their Facebook page, looks like Satay Brothers are opening their restaurant next monday the 21

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                                                                  1. re: hala

                                                                    I really don't know anything more than what's on Facebook

                                                                    1. re: hala

                                                                      I think it's on St. Jacques a little west of Rosa de Lima in St. Henri. Look for the red lantern!

                                                                      1. re: chilipepper

                                                                        3911 St.Jacques in St.Henri to be more precise.

                                                                        1. re: chilipepper

                                                                          They're open and they just posted their first menu : http://ow.ly/i/1paXn

                                                                  2. Big sign announcing Taverne Moderne featuring microbrewery beer on what used to be Spaggio's at Duluth and Rivard. They don't seem to have the name of the place up yet unless it is called Taverne Moderne.

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                                                                    1. re: Plateaumaman

                                                                      They're still not open and no name yet but big banners for brunch, lunch, dinner.

                                                                      A few doors up there is a new sushi place called Saint Sushi Bar. Grabbed a menu which looks interesting, and we tasted a delicious concoction made by the chef called Sapin Noel, lobster with caviar on a rice cracker. To be investigated further.

                                                                    2. Fierté Caribéenne opened in the tunnel between Place Ville Marie and the Eaton Centre. Chicken or Goat rotis, various patties and jerk chicken plates.

                                                                      Not bad in terms of the competition in Montreal.

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                                                                      1. re: FoodNovice

                                                                        That tunnel is horrible however and I would not bet on them lasting very long.

                                                                      2. Dispensa, on Bernard, in the location where Caffè de la Posta used to be. It looks like a store with table, so probably one of those combo, fine products and sandwiches, coffee, etc.

                                                                        Did not seem opened when I passed by today, but it looks ready to open inside. Would in fact be curious to get more info on this if anyone has something.

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                                                                        1. re: sweettoothMTL

                                                                          It's already open, it was featured on Quartiers Gourmands in december. Here's what they wrote about it :

                                                                          Ils sont de plus en plus courus ces lieux de ravitaillement où on peut casser la croûte ou siroter un espresso tout en faisant sa liste d’épicerie à même les produits spécialisés vendus sur place. C'est la formule que proposent Rino Marcone et Angelo Rindone, ce dernier également à la barre de la maison d'importation Itaca-Direct, avec leur nouveau garde-manger de produits italiens qu'ils ont baptisé Dispensa, un nom rappelle les fameuses «dépenses » des grands-mamans d'antan.

                                                                          (17 décembre 2012) Les deux propriétaires offrent, en plus du garde-manger, la formule colazione, soit le service aux tables pour petit-déjeuner et midi léger à l'italienne. Panettone servi chaud avec confiture, brioche salée au fromage et prosciutto, antipasti, foccacia à la porchetta sont quelques-unes des propositions du matin et du midi. À mettre en haut de la liste des brunchs du samedi pour le pain doré à l'asiago et prosciutto cotto, les crostini au ricotta et la frittata aux pommes de terre et pancetta fumé. Pendant qu'on savoure un fromage grillé avec oignons caramélisés ou une pointe de tarte au ricotta, on peut détailler des yeux les étalages de pâtes fines italiennes, les huiles d'olive et les balsamiques, les conserves d'antipasti marinés et la variété de petits pots de confiture, tous importés d'Italie par Angelo qui s'approvisionne directement chez les petits producteurs.

                                                                          À retenir aussi, un bon choix de vins italiens d'importation privée qu'on ne trouvera pas à la SAQ. Cette formule a déjà fait ses preuves dans le quartier Notre-Dame-de-Grâce avec Le Garde-manger italien qui combine de la même façon caffè, colazione et dispensa. Deux lieux sympathiques comme tout.

                                                                          1. re: sweettoothMTL

                                                                            Had a very good cannoli from here, filled to order so the shell was nice & crisp (if a bit misshapen).

                                                                          2. New pastry shop in Hochelaga on Ontario : Les Gourmandises de Marie-Antoinette
                                                                            http://www.lesgourmandisesdemarieanto...

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                                                                            1. re: Glaff

                                                                              I am addicted to their eclairs.

                                                                            2. A new Caribbean restaurant in Verdun, where Malewa used to be (4844 rue Wellington). They have a menu up in the window, though I couldn't see what their actual restaurant was called.

                                                                              1. Chingu "Restaurant coréen lounge(?)" on Parc at Fairmount near the Subway.

                                                                                1. Cookie Stéfanie, a gluten-free pastry shop, opened recently in the Old-Montreal.
                                                                                  272 Saint-Jacques ouest
                                                                                  cookiestefanie.com

                                                                                  1. The replacement of "L'Emporte Pièce" is called "Micro Resto La Famille"

                                                                                    Don't know if it open yet.

                                                                                    facebook : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Micro-...

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                                                                                    1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                      Yikes! That name doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. Every time I say out loud, I like it less.

                                                                                      Good luck to them anyway.

                                                                                      1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                        Seriously- that's right up there with Evoo for worst name choice of the year.

                                                                                      2. re: Maximilien

                                                                                        Everyone seems to be calling it simply "La Famille", which does roll off the tongue. Here is a critique by Sarah Musgrave of the Gazette: http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/f...

                                                                                        Has anyone been there?

                                                                                        1. re: lagatta

                                                                                          So I guess we're going to continue building with the 600+ replies, why are we adverse to the monthly/quarterly thread?

                                                                                          I'm with Eaterbob, don't make us start our own site. :-)

                                                                                          1. re: JerkPork

                                                                                            And sometimes I visit a restaurant (or want to find a short review about one that recently opened) a few months after it opened and might want to make a small comment without looking through tons of threads about openings... having all openings in one thread is more efficient for me. Its easy to see the latest reply by clicking on the user in the latest reply field, the site will automatically scroll down to the latest post.
                                                                                            Sometimes I think about a restaurant in this thread 4 or 5 months later and have no idea what the name is but by using ctrl f I have been able to search and find out easily- that wouldnt be possible in any other format without me visiting multiple threads.

                                                                                            1. re: kpaxonite

                                                                                              There is a search box in the upper right hand corner. If you use that, you don't even need to type "ctrl f."

                                                                                              Feel free to ignore my posts as you wish. But please don't go making two different reservations for the same time :-)

                                                                                            2. re: JerkPork

                                                                                              I say we should have separate threads for every day of the week, not only years, months, or weeks! There might be 600 replies but 2/3rds of them are superfluous. Folks, once a place has opened start a new thread for that establishment to keep the opening and closing threads on topic.

                                                                                              1. re: eat2much

                                                                                                Exactly. One for openings (and closings) and a separate thread for the discussion. It would make my life WAY easier.

                                                                                                Thanks in advance.

                                                                                        2. How come nobody mentioned Misoya Ramen at 2065 Bishop yet? Next door to Burritoville. It opened December 26th, but I only walked in front today. Seems like a big deal... they have franchises around the world. Menu looks on the expensive side, though, no soup under 12$. Will be trying soon, maybe Monday night.

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                                                                                          1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                            Because you're the first to see it I guess!

                                                                                            Please report back if you go monday, I'd like to try it soon.

                                                                                            1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                              Is it just me or 12$ for a bowl of ramen look damn expensive? Minus the sketchy location, Yuki Ramen in the faubourg tastes fine and its under 7 bucks for a good size bowl.

                                                                                              1. re: daviiiiiid

                                                                                                According to j.do's wonky logic, Misoya is more expensive because things that come from Japan are more expensive than things that come from China.

                                                                                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8883...

                                                                                                Personally, I don't get why they charge the same prices in Montreal that they charge in Manhattan, but I must just not understand.

                                                                                                1. re: daviiiiiid

                                                                                                  Taiwanese ramen is not Japanese ramen. The broth is a world of differences.There's a whole lot more umami in the Japanese ramen.

                                                                                                  1. re: marblebag

                                                                                                    So this superior broth is what justifies the difference in price?

                                                                                                    1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                      Last September I spent a week eating in NYC and had a mini study in ramen and soba. The tonkotsu (pork bone) broth was by far superior to anything else available and the bowls of that soup commanded a premium of $13 and more.

                                                                                                      Personally Kazu still had the best consistent ramen bowl in town until Misoya opened and he just doesn't have the space and time to prepare an as rich broth for lunch service. Imadake and Ichiban all served me cold meats and spotty flavors in the past while Hakata's flavors were all wrong for what it is advertised as.

                                                                                                2. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                  It's actually cheaper than it seems! It doesn't end up being $12, they've got various Facebook-based promos, and the lunch menu is cheaper.
                                                                                                  I've been there twice now, took the spicy miso ramen. At lunch, my friend and I each got a salad; one daikon, one tofu. I really enjoyed both, nice mix of flavours, though the daikon was maybe a bit too much on the "daikon + sauce" side and not much else.
                                                                                                  I really recommed getting the fried tofu and an egg in the soup, they're both lovely.
                                                                                                  I'd go again, it's a good, filling meal for not too much, conveniently located.

                                                                                                3. Just opened, a new small restaurant, Gus (seems bistroish, but there are just a few items on the menu and a few beers and wines côté bar), on Beaubien E. between St-Laurent and St-Dominique: http://restaurantgus.com/ Just the homepage of the website is up.

                                                                                                  Next to Notre-Dame des Quilles.

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                                                                                                  1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                    Cool, I passed in front yesterday in a bus and was wondering what it was. It's open? Did you try it? That neighborhood is definitely changing fast...

                                                                                                    1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                      No, I haven't tried it yet. Spoke to the owner while he was working very, very hard fixing everything up and making it purty. Seems like a very nice guy. It seems a little bit too expensive for me to try it alone on a whim, but by that I do NOT mean it is at all overpriced - it seems very fairly priced for what it is. (I am a freelancer of more than modest means, but I love good food).

                                                                                                      I'm old enough to remember when that stretch of Beaubien was still fully a part of Little Italy, with nice little shops, cafés and barber shops. Some still remain, and others, like La Drogheria, have emerged. But there was a sorry period when it wasn't really anything - it hadn't become as multicultural as it is now, and there were closed storefronts and some very dodgy businesses.

                                                                                                      What is now the Southern Cone (Southern tip of South America - Argentina and Chile) Boucherie St-Viateur was sometimes an understocked dollar store, and empty for a long time. And of course, there was nothing like Julieta or Itacate.

                                                                                                      There have been a lot of false starts, but it seems more balanced now. As for Gus, wish them luck and will keep you posted.

                                                                                                      1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                        This is David Ferguson's, formerly of Jolifou, new home...

                                                                                                        1. re: WhoNew

                                                                                                          Yep, that's him all right: http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/f...

                                                                                                          http://voir.ca/voir-la-vie/gastronomi...

                                                                                                          I think the orientation of the cuisine in this tiny restaurant will be a bit different though. As I said, although they are open, it is the restaurant's first days, so we'll have to see. It is a charming little room.

                                                                                                          1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                            Any idea what the prices are like at Gus?

                                                                                                      2. re: lagatta

                                                                                                        Just got an email today from "Gus". Grand opening this Thursday night. It also said all further communication will be by Twitter.

                                                                                                        1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                          Once again, À la mode Montréal blog has a post on Gus with good photos: http://www.alamodemontreal.com/bons-p...

                                                                                                          This blog has very short texts (mostly images, as befits a fashion-oriented blog) and I think the French is easy to understand for people with a limited command of the language.

                                                                                                          The light fixtures are from a shop close by, Lambert et fils, which also provided the fixtures for La Drogheria.

                                                                                                          It was packed the last time I went by; of course, it is very small. I haven't been yet - my restaurant budget is very limited and I'll go with some friends sometime as a treat. (Don't pity me, I'm a good cook and so close to JTM and other good food shops).

                                                                                                          By the way, one commenter at that post found Gus extremely expensive. You are forewarned to check prices beforehand.

                                                                                                          1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                            I've been to Gus twice and each time the bill was above 40$, no booze. The menu is limited and most are hits so far. I would get more bang for my buck if I could share the dishes. The "onion soup" with more pork than onion is a good deal at 10$, a hearty lunch.

                                                                                                            Eating alone at the bar you can arrive before 7pm and get a seat.

                                                                                                          2. Not a new restaurant, but on the same stretch of Beaubien just across the street from "Gus", (northwestern corner of Beaubien and St-Dominique) there is a new fruiterie/nut shop/natural foods shop called "Les aliments Spicy Nut". Spicy Nut is a rather unfortunate name in any language; really conveys the idea it would only sell nuts and other related bulk foods, but they have a small but good selection of fresh vegetables and other products. Reasonable prices. Of course this info is useful mainly to people living nearby, but is another sign of change in what had been a dreary stretch (prior tenant was a dépanneur that sold almost nothing and that some said was a front for drugs).

                                                                                                            1. Opening in April is Tripes & Caviar restaurant and cocktail bar on Wellington in Verdun

                                                                                                              http://instagram.com/p/VXsvfYtEt1/

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                                                                                                              1. re: westaust

                                                                                                                Is it related to this?

                                                                                                                http://montreal.about.com/od/montreal...

                                                                                                                A picture of a menu from Facebook:
                                                                                                                https://www.facebook.com/tripesandcav...

                                                                                                                Heart tartar! I can't wait to try it.

                                                                                                                1. re: hala

                                                                                                                  From a past event:

                                                                                                                  MENU : SCALP – NATIVE INDIANS WINTER T&C EDITION

                                                                                                                  Totonka

                                                                                                                  (Spruce and apple hot smoked salmon, Labrador tea cold smoked trout and wild hearts : elk, wild boar, deer)

                                                                                                                  Soul of the Lake

                                                                                                                  (Tomcod soup)

                                                                                                                  Indomitable

                                                                                                                  (Tobacco and mugwort smoked horse carpaccio, celeriac and corn)

                                                                                                                  The Wendigo

                                                                                                                  (Pine forest spikenard marinated caribou tongue, 97% beetroot)

                                                                                                                  The Collar

                                                                                                                  (Pan seared hare kidneys, brussel sprouts and guanciale, bulrush bannock with beaver fat)

                                                                                                                  The Sap

                                                                                                                  (Burdock root and maple syrup cake, powdered wintergreen and cranberry jam)

                                                                                                                  1. re: hala

                                                                                                                    "Scalp"?!! Jesus H, not exactly politically correct, are they?

                                                                                                                    1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                      Moreover, who says "Native Indians" any more?

                                                                                                                      Présence Autocthone / First Peoples' Festival has featured a gastronomic segment for some years now (both a fancy meal based on Indigenous foods, and foods at the festival site).

                                                                                                                      Of course this could be Indigenous chefs being provocative, for the fun of it.

                                                                                                                      1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                        Yeah, you guys are right. They should clean up their language.

                                                                                                                    2. re: hala

                                                                                                                      Blatant cultural insensitivity aside, this seems like the kind of restaurant that Montreal has been seriously lacking. It seems like we were one of the kings of the last culinary trend (i.e. Joe Beefy cooking), but have been completely stagnant since.

                                                                                                                      At the very least this politically incorrect menu by T&C seems to subscribe to the Noma/Faviken model of using truly traditional methods to cook from the land, without resorting to a slathering of duck fat and syrup. I'm pretty excited for this.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Fintastic

                                                                                                                        I welcome the variety but i think this one is not for me.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Fintastic

                                                                                                                          Just as an aside, the horse and hog (guanciale) were introduced to N.A. and were not traditional foods. Of course food culture certainly evolves and theres been plenty of pork in the Native diet in the past 200 years, horse less so, but I'm just saying.
                                                                                                                          I can appreciate that Montreal lacks such fare, but I have similar feelings to SourberryLily; I ate this stuff (or similar) as a kid and it doesn't have a great appeal to me today.
                                                                                                                          As for the restaurant itself, I feel they're pigeon-holing themselves into a tight concept - tighter than a broader idea of cooking from the land as Fintastic points out.
                                                                                                                          I wish them well nonetheless.

                                                                                                                    3. re: westaust

                                                                                                                      Just a quick note that we took down some posts with a language-oriented debate. We know that's a topic near and dear to the hearts of Montrealers, but it's pretty political and pretty far afield for our site.

                                                                                                                    4. This is neither an opening nor a closing, but Golden Stone has move across St-Mathieu to the Magic Idea Hot Pot digs. The signage still says Magic Idea and they still offer hot pot on their second floor, but the main floor is now Golden Stone. We went there on Sunday. The food is just as good as at the old local, but the decor is much improved. Prices seemed pretty similar.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                        Sounds interesting, do you have any recommended dishes?

                                                                                                                        1. re: SourberryLily

                                                                                                                          It's all pretty much covered in this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/657172

                                                                                                                          I would add that I really like their sweet and sour pork. It's not that easy to find "authentic" northern Chinese versions of this dish in Montreal, but this one is pretty good.

                                                                                                                      2. Rustique is opening today : www.rustiquepiekitchen.com

                                                                                                                        Wish I was in St-Henri!

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                                                                                                                          1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                            Finally made it there today, and was highly impressed. It's a cozy space, staff are friendly, and the pies and other baked goods looked really good. I had a slice of blueberry/lemon cake with a very decent espresso, and plan on going back regularly.

                                                                                                                          2. There's a "Taverne Moderne" (I guess that's the name since it's the most prominent thing on the banner) opening "bientot" at 451 Duluth E, a block east of St-Denis. Specializing in Quebec microbrews.

                                                                                                                            Sounds like a good addition to a restaurant-heavy area and could be worth a detour in the spring.

                                                                                                                            Funny, we were just talking about the Duluth/Prince-Arthur disparity in restaurants and overall local vibe, foot traffic etc. on the closings thread, and how the latter could use a good microbrewery.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                              This was discussed in this thread a month ago but it's still not open? Does it look decent from the outside or is it possible to tell?

                                                                                                                              1. re: Fintastic

                                                                                                                                Ah, I missed that post. It was past 6pm and the lights were off, so it wasn't possible to tell how it is inside.

                                                                                                                                1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                                  They are taking really long to renovate and their sign is nearly in tatters now. No other indication of what their name is. They must be too busy testing their brews.

                                                                                                                                  New place across the street is great though, Saint Sushi Bar and my family has already returned a few times. Very happy to have a lot more good Asian options in the 'hood now with Miga, Su Shian Yuang, and Kinoya.

                                                                                                                            2. I noticed new signage for Restaurant Kan Bai in Chinatown where New Dynasty used to be located on Clark.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: yamiam

                                                                                                                                So this is the second Kan Bai location? Seems it opened on Thursday(Feb 14). The original location in Chinatown 2 is still in operation?

                                                                                                                                1. re: BLM

                                                                                                                                  yes. the owners have been excited about the new opening for quite awhile

                                                                                                                                2. re: yamiam

                                                                                                                                  Do anybody know when the opening is scheduled?

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Whygee

                                                                                                                                    As of last Thursday Kan Bai in Chinatown 1 has opened and serving customers.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: marblebag

                                                                                                                                      Great news, let's hope it's as good as the original!

                                                                                                                                  2. re: yamiam

                                                                                                                                    So I've been there twice for lunch and there seems to be two menus: the regular one (szechuan) and the lunch specials. I've tried both and the szechuan dishes were pretty close to the other location as far as I can tell. The lunch specials are pretty standard "chinese" fare like General Tso chicken and chow mein. It was not bad but nothing spectacular either.

                                                                                                                                    Unfortunately, I didn't see a board with daily specials like at the Concordia location.

                                                                                                                                  3. There is an opening soon sign for M4 Burritos beside A&W in the GM building at Concordia on de Maisonneuve and Guy

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                      nice!!! much better than some clothing store

                                                                                                                                      1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                        Must be a franchise, the first one has been open just 7 months.
                                                                                                                                        http://m4burritos.ca/m4/menu-2/franch...

                                                                                                                                        Not sure who would buy a franchise of something with one venue, though. This looks like overexpansion to me.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                                          opening in the heart of the concordia campus seems like a smart idea to me...

                                                                                                                                          1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                            Location's great. My point is its virtually unheard of for a new business to expand within a year, no matter what business model.... unless the model is finding someone new with deep pockets.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                                                Unless that has been their idea from the get go, first open a "corporate" location, and then franchise up to expand quickly in new locations all across the city/province. Some do it with more skill than others

                                                                                                                                                1. re: westaust

                                                                                                                                                  Fair enough. However, the original Poutineville has been open less than year and a half, right? The jury's still out. They say it takes 3 years to turn profit in a resto, and from what I've seen working in them, I can believe it (I worked in some places that had been around roughly 20 years and still had razor margins).

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                                                    But Poutineville didn't require much initial investment. The guy just turned his Greek restaurant into a poutine place. And they've been doing brisk business since day one.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                      I didn't know Poutineville was the same owner as before. Yeah, that changes things. He's also done an excellent job of marketing and spending money on advertising. Too many businesses think people will just magically walk in the door.

                                                                                                                                                      You're right, catroast, I don't know if it's a franchise. But it would've had to do mad volume the last 7 months either way. I'm skeptical, but whatever. Opening near the overrated Burritoville may be another great move, too - steal a pre-existing market by offering a superior product. I wish them the best.

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                                                      you have no idea whether the second location is a franchise or not. i don't see how this constitutes over-expansion. as for selling franchises, if the concept works and they can find entrepreneurs that are willing to invest in a location then why not? As for the razor thin margins, fast-casual obviously relies on volume which is why they are located by uqam and concordia.

                                                                                                                                                2. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                                  Last weekend, I was told that they (M4) were shooting for an early March opening date, but they are now looking at April.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                                                                    eh... make that June 1st now... they just started renovations.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                                  I was starting to think this place would never open... but it was open today and apparently has been since last Thursday.

                                                                                                                                                  Had a beef tortilla... beef wasnt anything to write home about (somewhat dry which I find is how this cut of beef always tastes) but the beans and other fillers were quite flavorful. I think next time I might get a vegetable tortilla ... the roast vegetables looked amazing. The tortillas have a lot of filling and are quite heavy when you pick them up (a good sign in my opinion...). You get the choice of black or white beans and can choose two out of four other sauce type fillings... I think they had guac, corn salsa, tomato salsa, and salsa verde. I had the corn and tomato salsas (I like my tortillas with quite bit of corn and found the amount they gave quite stingy). I think they ought to offer spicy sauces as the other ingredients are quite bland (not in a bad way... just that they arent spicy which is what I want when I get mexican),

                                                                                                                                                  Also ordered chips and salsa verde. The salsa was great but I found the packet of chips (made in-house I believe) really small and kind of cheap for the price. The salsa had a nice heat to it, next time I would put in my tortilla for sure. The gorgeous cashier working said it is their spiciest salsa.. its spicy but not insane.

                                                                                                                                                  Overall, pretty good but not great. The price is a serious issue that will need to be addressed considering the location and proximity to concordia and cheap fast food places nearby ... although it definitely is superior to typical fast food. I paid about $12.50 for the tortilla, chips, and salsa. If they managed to get a permit to sell beer it would be great... as far as I know the only other mexican place nearby is three amigos but Ive been too afraid to eat there since I reached the age of reason. I know I will go back because I live nearby and love tortillas but I wouldnt travel very far for this type of food.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kpaxonite

                                                                                                                                                    Ah, finally! Yeah, I think the price vs quality issue has been discussed here in the past, probably in the 2012 Openings thread. I find that it's slightly overpriced, but quality is certainly above food court levels. I love their iced tea!

                                                                                                                                                    Just checking -- you did try Burritoville before, right?

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                                                                      Yes I have been to Burritoville and even though it's vegetarian, the vegetables at M4 looked wayyyyy better. It somehow slipped my mind when I wrote my review of M4 but Burittoville does serve beer and I have been to some fun get-togethers there. They are very different although they serve similar food... Burritoville is kind of hippy and all about being vegetarian and organic while M4 is a franchise to make money (nothing wrong with that).

                                                                                                                                                      If I wanted to hang out with some friends Burritoville would win....but M4 is really clean and new and I liked it quite a bit for what it is...

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kpaxonite

                                                                                                                                                        the food at burritoville is terrible and way too expensive. it is a miss all the way.

                                                                                                                                                        how do you know that m4 is a franchise and not simply a second location? burritoville used to have 2 locations as well.

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: kpaxonite

                                                                                                                                                      I too was waiting patiently for M4 to open and went today. I got the veggie burrito. It was tasty. I ate it in my office where I keep my secret stash of hot sauces (I ate it with pineapple hot sauce ... yum). They also had extra hot sauces next to the drinks. The sauteed veggies were also good, though not hot (or at least not hot by the time it got to my office, which would have been nice.

                                                                                                                                                      Kpax - as for Mexican in the area, there is also Mesa 14 on Bishop and for pseudo-Mexican Burritoville. They have some competition. My guess is, because of the location alone, if they can make it through the summer, they will do well with students in the fall.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: captain_vegetable

                                                                                                                                                        it took so long to open because they didn't actually start construction until 2 weeks ago. my guess is they had permit issues

                                                                                                                                                    3. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                                      I just had my first visit to M4 Burritos and it was absolutely disgusting. It is such a poor facsimile of Chipotle. The rice was unseasoned, overcooked mush, the beans were a watery mess, they kept layering on heaps of watery salsa, and the guac tasted of nothing. Overall, the burrito was a big mushy, soggy mess of flavourless gunk. As I ate it, the entire thing fell apart onto the dirty metal tray it came on. Overall a major fail and it's no wonder it is empty 99% of the time. Fail.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                                        I live five mins away and whenever I pass by it is at least half full. What salsa did you get that was so soggy? The one I had wasn't at all. My pita wasn't soggy at all either I even saved half of it in the fridge for later and it was fine. Granted I have only been once but your review seems exaggerated.. If they kept heaping on more watery salsa why did you tell them to stop???.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kpaxonite

                                                                                                                                                          'half full' the place seats like 9 people. i am by there multiple times per day. maybe you should look closer. a&w is 3 times the size and always packed.

                                                                                                                                                          why didn't i tell her to stop? either i am stupid or i didn't feel like bossing around the already miserable employee

                                                                                                                                                          exaggerating? no. you obviously have never had a proper burrito. and yes, my burrito fell apart onto the filthy tray that would have benefited from a paper lining. At least Chipotle gives out baskets.

                                                                                                                                                          i forgot to mention that the chicken was unseasoned and cold

                                                                                                                                                          by the way, it's a tortilla, not a pita. if you got a pita then that's extra messed up.

                                                                                                                                                          i'd rather eat uncle ben's rice wrapped in an aunt jemima's pancake then spend $12 at m4 again.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                                            By the way, if you like Chipotle's so much, you should consider them sending a message:

                                                                                                                                                            http://www.chipotle.com/en-us/talk_to...

                                                                                                                                                            I did so recently. It's not that I love this place to death, but I'd like to see some more options in the downtown core.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                                                                              i actually don't like chipotle but the comparison is obvious considering m4 is a poorly executed ripoff concept. i've eaten at chipotle in a number of us cities. the staff are very friendly, knowledgeable and forthcoming regarding the concept, and there is a constant stream of fresh meats grilling right in front of you. the food isn't great either but the execution is much more polished. it's no wonder that the owner is now a billionaire. m4 left a sour taste in my mouth - like, literally, a sour taste.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                                                Never eaten at Chipolte but M4 is very good. Top quality Mexican ( Cali-tex -mex) fast food something that Montreal was lacking. Been a few times and will go back. No sour taste at all ! Had the steak burrito and it was excellent.

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: kpaxonite

                                                                                                                                                            I have to agree with kpaxonite. I also live a couple blocks away and this place is mostly half-full-to-packed.

                                                                                                                                                            Though I really wish Moe's or even Chipotle would open up some Montreal franchises, this is the next best thing. It's too bad you had a mediocre experience but I wish I was there to be able to compare with the (mostly) awesome burritos I've had there so far. Next time, ask to speak with the manager if it's that bad.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                                                                              How is M4 compared to burrito shop on st laurent?

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jay_81k

                                                                                                                                                                Completely tasteless compared to Burrito shop.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kirkcoleman

                                                                                                                                                                    any half-whit could replicate m4's burrito at home provided they use parboiled rice, pre-cooked maple leaf chicken strips and a vacuumed sealed guacamole pouch

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                                                      ??what does replicating food at home have to do with anything ?? -- it is fast food. Where in Mtl can you get a better fast food burrito then ?

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                                                        ... also was there tonight ! Talking about it made me hungry for one. catroast does not know what he is talking about as saw first hand them preparing the food fresh on the premises !

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kirkcoleman

                                                                                                                                                                          i didn't say it wasn't fresh - only that it didn't taste very good and was reminiscent of certain grocery store staples ; 0

                                                                                                                                                                          I am glad you like it though. I haven't been to Burrito shop on St Laurent but I've heard good things. I think La Chilenita is much better than M4 - still not as good as a real Mission burrito - also not a "fast casual" concept but speedy enough.
                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.lachilenita.ca/

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                                                            Well, it is actually a Chilean restaurant, of course, with a few Mexican specialities, so not surprising a real Mexican (in western US) resto might best it.

                                                                                                                                                                            Have you tried Itacate?

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                                                              M4 is easily the most disappointing restaurant experience I've had in this city by leaps and bounds, and I wasn't expecting much. I'd like to know how the manage to make everything there tastes like nothing.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                                                    Way too harsh with unneeded superlatives. Burrito Shop is what you are looking for.

                                                                                                                                                                    The one time I ate at M4 it was edible but not good and not bad.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: marblebag

                                                                                                                                                                      Is the meat meant to be served cold? The one time I went it was stone cold. I had never had mission style burritos before so I just figured that was the way it was meant to be although that. Never made much sense to me.

                                                                                                                                                                1. Namaste Indian at 212 Milton, a couple doors over from Place Milton diner. Opened last month I was told, but I never noticed before (very small & easy to miss though).

                                                                                                                                                                  https://www.facebook.com/NamasteMontreal

                                                                                                                                                                  A few tables, it's mostly geared for take-out. Didn't get anything but a menu, but it smelled great. the guy behind the counter said they only deliver between Hutchison and Ste-Famille, but when I pointed out I lived on St-Urbain, he said sure, just say where you are when you call. I'll let you know when I try it.

                                                                                                                                                                  Around the corner...

                                                                                                                                                                  Chai Tea House, 3506 Parc. Beside and owned by El Mundo Cafe. Opened last Sept, but what the heck, it was never posted. Very nice leather chairs and couches!

                                                                                                                                                                  Looks and priced like Kafein if they had nicer furniture.
                                                                                                                                                                  https://www.facebook.com/chaitlounge

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                                                                    Yes Chai is nice. You can order food at El Mundo and they will bring it over. The tea at Chai is very good. Nice cupcakes too.
                                                                                                                                                                    Very quiet and good for meetings too.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                                                                      I stopped by Namaste for some samosas as a litmus test. They were amazing.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                                                                        I've been here for thali plates a few times. $7 veg, $8 meat. Very tasty, and excellent value. Really nice addition to the Milton 'hood.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. Not and opening or a closing, but just saw that on Lesley Chesterman's Twitter : After 18 yrs, La Chronique is moving to the old Anise digs across the street. Get ready for swisher surroundings.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. A Comptoir 21 opened in the Village, next door to Mado (St. Catherine est; don't know the number, and their site hasn't been updated to include the new address).

                                                                                                                                                                          The place has a really nice vibe, and I quite liked the food. It's good to see new places in the Village.

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: luism

                                                                                                                                                                            1117 Ste-Catherine according to their Facebook!

                                                                                                                                                                          2. (opening-ish)

                                                                                                                                                                            Ramen-Ya (boul. St-Laurent) just (recently?) doubled its restaurant size.

                                                                                                                                                                            I hope they will not crash because of that.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Lesley Chesterman ‏on Twitter:
                                                                                                                                                                              Big News: @Sfaita (Stefano Faita) will be opening a restaurant in Little Italy this spring. Really, really looking forward to that one.

                                                                                                                                                                              Interesting!

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                Yah, just read the Tweet, hopefully mom will be heavily involved. The question is will they be selling guns in there too?!?! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                  That sounds promising. Walking around, I see so many closed restaurants on St-Laurent and cross streets. One, papered over, is an indifferent restaurant that is kitty-corner to Quincaillerie Dante (not Caffè de la Petite-Italie; I mean the one at the southwestern corner of Dante and St-Dominique) and there is no for-sale sign; people seem to be renovating it inside - that would be a logical fit for Stefano.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                    Walked past there. The restaurant with windows papered over, but work obviously going on within, is Trattoria Casa Mia, 48 rue Dante. Of course Caffè de la Petite-Italie is closed as well, but that is due to ... other reasons.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                      Confirmation that the future location is indeed the premises of the former Trattoria Casa Mia, 48 rue Dante. Will keep you posted.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                        The restaurant will be called Impasto and Michele Forgione will be the chef!

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                          That is quite a clever name. Impastare originally means to knead (pétrir in French) and an impasto is the corresponding noun. It is of course a term used to describe painting technique, in many languages, with a thick "paste" of paint.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                      Impasto looks all ready - name painted on windows, no longer papered over, tables all set up with glassware, people bustling around as if to welcome clients. Montréal Info says they'll be accepting reservations from the 1st of July. I suspect associates and friends will have a special premiere (or test run) this weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Here is the website: http://impastomtl.com/ Just the homepage so far, but address and phone number are up.

                                                                                                                                                                                      info@impastomtl.com
                                                                                                                                                                                      514.508.6508

                                                                                                                                                                                      48, rue Dante Montréal, Qc H2S 1J5

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                        They're opening friday. Did you try to make a reservation or you'll give them some time before?

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm in no hurry. There will be a huge rush. Actually I'd like to read the reviews. I live so close to there that I feel I'm in no danger of missing out. And I want to see how much the "star factor" will boost prices.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Though if it meets its promises and is not absurdly overpriced, it will be a big plus for the neighbourhood.

                                                                                                                                                                                          What is strange is the slightly decrepit bar on the fourth corner (other than Quincaillerie Dante, Impasto and Inferno), which has been closed for several months now. Quite a history, that place (think it is either Bar or Café de la Petite Italie). And there is a huge, unused RV parked behind that triplex. Ah, local colour!

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                        Philippe Mollé of Le Devoir had the first serious write-up on Impasto:

                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.ledevoir.com/art-de-vivre/...

                                                                                                                                                                                        Very positive review, but also rather pricy (not surprised) so I doubt I'll go there until a special occasion arises. At least I know how to make a good many of the dishes on the menu, except for the desserts, and I'm not big on desserts.

                                                                                                                                                                                        It is a very nice space, with none of the kitschy touches that afflict several other restos in the neighbourhood. So far, it always seems full, in the evening and at lunchtime on Thursday and Friday, when they are open.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                          Yes, I thought that was quick for a review, but anyways, it will only make it more busy. But at least they take reservation. I passed by there today during lunch hours and looked at the menu, it was pricy, but not extravagantly so, with mains between 20$-30$. However, I did not see any particular lunch menu, so looks like it's regular menu.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: sweettoothMTL

                                                                                                                                                                                            If you look at what Mr Mollé ordered, indeed I think it would be possible to get out of there for a somewhat lower "addition"; it would depend on the wine list (if you are a wine aficionado).

                                                                                                                                                                                            One thing I appreciate very much on their menu and in the write-up is the emphasis on vegetables - I am always sadly disappointed at the lack of love shown them at many Italian restaurants here (as compared to when I was living in Italy).

                                                                                                                                                                                            It seems considerably less expensive than Lucca, also on Dante, and also with the understated décor of many places in Italy - though looking at this place, there is a real Québécois feeling, with French, and British pub-style touches as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                            We'll see. It could be the kind of place to reboot Italian dining in la Petite Italie (I confess my go-to places around here are Middle-Eastern or Southeast Asian).

                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Stumbled upon this on facebook ..

                                                                                                                                                                                        Restaurant Mir (https://www.facebook.com/RestaurantMir) opened a couple of weeks ago..

                                                                                                                                                                                        Never heard of it until now, looks like a Montréal version of Barcelona's Tickets, molecular-ish tapas-ish ...

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                                                          Mir as in the space station, with small meals fit for an astronaut? Unfortunate name!

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: williej

                                                                                                                                                                                            Mir is "Peace" (or World) in russian (according to Wikipedia); so, not that unfortunate.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks. I only associated it with the space station, so that is a good translation to have. So, it will have Russian tapas?

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                                                            Has anyone been here yet? They're selling a 6 course meal for $39 on City Linked. Is it any good?

                                                                                                                                                                                          3. MC Lortie rumored that Carles Abellan (Commerç24, Tapaç24 in Barcelona) will open a restaurant in Montréal!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                            WOW!

                                                                                                                                                                                            I really liked Commerç24 in BCN.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: williej

                                                                                                                                                                                                Marie Claude Lortie is a food critic at La Presse and quite active on Twitter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: eat2much

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks. did she share the rumour in the newspaper or on twitter?

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: williej

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Twitter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    In addition, it looks like the folks from L'Orignal & Le Gros Jambon are going to open another restaurant in Old Montreal in the near future.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: eat2much

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks. how would you find a twitter feed for someone like that? (I admit, I am a bit ignorant about twitter and how it works). Would you find it via facebook or some other way? Or is there a blog with her tweets on it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: williej

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't know if this works if you are not registered to twitter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        MC Lortie's food/restaurant account on twitter is @RestosMTL2013.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        The link to the RestosMTL2013 feed is :
                                                                                                                                                                                                        https://twitter.com/RestosMTL2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Have a look at it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: williej

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Twitter has nothing to do with facebook, except that some people set their "tweets" to appear as status updates on their facebook account as well (it's not blogging either, but people often use it to announce / link to blog updates).

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Some people's Twitter accounts are publicly visible. Most institutions and establishments are publicly visible, as are most people in the public eye.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          MC Lortie's account is publicly visible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          So you could bookmark her feed and check in whenever you want.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          But to get updates in real time from a feed, you must sign up for twitter (that is, create your own account - don't worry, you never have to waste time "tweeting" or getting followers yourself, I don't), then find their account and subscribe to (follow) their feed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          The updates from the accounts you follow are sent to your Twitter homepage, or Twitter app if you check in with your mobile.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hope this explains enough of the basics of Twitter for you to get started.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Apparently the place will be a Tapas24 – His most affordable restaurant. I hope it will be as good and fun as the one in Barcelona, but I wonder how he'll ever find the ingredients to make the same dishes. If he does manage to do the same thing, he'll probably have to charge a lot more for the same food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.elperiodico.com/es/noticia...

                                                                                                                                                                                                  EDIT: And it better be open late.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                    From this interview, looks like they plan to open in April and that the concept will be franchised (see edit).

                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.tufairytale.com/es/blog/un...

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Marie-Claude, merci de citer chowhound dans ton article.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    EDIT: A combination of my poor Spanish and reading too fast had me interpret the word "franquiciar" wrong. He means "franchising" not making it more French. Sorry about that. I edited the sentence above.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Does anyone have any news on this Carles Abellan project? April came and went and I've heard nothing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Never heard anywhere else that it was for April. Always heard Summer 2013. But I would not be surprised if it was pushed back. It's suppose to be with the Mtl Cuisine group and they're already at work this summer to open their new restaurant Racines.

                                                                                                                                                                                                3. New Indian Pizza Place on Jarry

                                                                                                                                                                                                  see thread on it

                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/893141

                                                                                                                                                                                                  PIZZA JARRY
                                                                                                                                                                                                  752 Jarry West
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Montréal, Qc H3N 1G6
                                                                                                                                                                                                  514-278-8777

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. The Joe Beef team just announced the opening of a new restaurant (wine bar) in Petite Bourgogne called Le Vin Papillon!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://vinpapillon.com/
                                                                                                                                                                                                    https://twitter.com/VinPapillon

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sounds exciting! Anyone know the expected opening date?

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: causeimhungry

                                                                                                                                                                                                        In the next 2 months.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        2519, rue Notre-Dame Ouest

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                          That would be the old Fait Ici location which closed last week

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: westaust

                                                                                                                                                                                                            oh, too bad about Fait Ici. I never ate there but I liked their selection of products and it was a great place to pick up gifts for friends and family overseas!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Good news ! I am sure it will be good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Le Vin Papillon is now open.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Great time here. Very good selection of small plates to share and the wine was very good. Great service and guidance from the wait staff. They have a small terrace outside.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            A bit more expensive than Chez Simone, but I would go back if in the neighborhood.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. New burger joint opening in old Paryse location on Ontario - called Uniburger if memory serves. Still a ways off, though, I'm guessing; it's still papered up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: westaust

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I went yesterday for a single cheeseburger with tomato+lettuce+pickles+mustard and grilled onions. The decor is non existent with red lines on white background. This and the way the burger is presented makes everything look like a In'n'Out experience. They have single/double w/wo cheese and a uniburger with a special sauce. I should have asked what the sauce is (thousand island like In'n'Out?). They also have fries, soda and milkshakes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The single cheeseburger was 4$. I'm no hamburger or beef expert but it was very decent, better than the burrito I had at M4 right after. It's not as tasty as Five Guys because there were less toppings and the patty isn't flattened out but that's a good thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If I replace the mustard by 1000 island dressing I could think it was an In'n'Out burger, except for the 0 degree temperature.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I was just there and I quite liked it. The burgers are not huge, but, the size-price ratio makes it fair. The burger I had (their signature burger, with added fried onions and pickles) was quite tasty and juicy - *much* better than Five Guys, for instance, IMO. Of course, there are better burgers in MTL (Burger de Ville, e.g.), but this one does the job, especially since there are no other great burger places nearby.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I was very positively surprised by their fries and milkshake. I usually hate fries made in peanut oil, but these were really good (better than Burger de Ville's, I thought), and their milkshake is made from real Bilboquet ice-cream. I had the vanilla, which was really good, especially compared to other places in town, where what they call a "vanilla milkshake" is just cold-ish milk with some drops of vanilla essence.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    All in all, not the best fast-food in the city, but I'd definitely go back for a quick and inexpensive burger fix in that area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Burger Etc opened up yesterday in NDG on sherbrooke W between Prud'homme and Decarie, right next to the comptant.com pawn store. It looks like you typical badly managed fast food place no Chowhounders would set foot in, but the food is actually pretty good. Definitely the best burger I've ever had in NDG, better than Copoli for sure, but I've never tried Burger de Ville but that's in Montreal West anyways. The fries also were pretty good. They weren't too crispy but they were properly browned, unlike all those yellow non-battered frozen fries they serve in bad arab fast food places.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              The menu's not too big. A regular burger is 7$. It's kinda expensive for fastfood but the patty is quite thick and you can get sauteed mushrooms and fried onions as free toppings. It's 1.50$ extra for bacon/chili and various cheeses, nothing too fancy though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Also they got hotdogs from Mehadrin. 5.50$ for a footlong.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Ghostquatre

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What's the cross street, Monkland? I wasn't able to find anything online about them. No facebook, twitter that I could see. Burger de Ville is a favorite of mine, but I'm always ready to try something new that's nearby. 8.50$ for a bacon-burger sounds a bit high though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: causeimhungry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Close to prud'homme & Decarie, next to Comptant.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That would be here:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=45.473...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: causeimhungry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I myself am generally not too fond of expensive fast food but the patty is quite thick, if you split it in two, it would be enough meat for a double.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Ghostquatre

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        What would you consider expensive fast food? Satay brothers? I think we are in desperate need of better fast food, and unfortunately that comes with a price. To have a good quality dinner for under 10$ is still a very good deal. These people need to make a living as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Gloriaa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If their bacon burger is 8.50$, I doubt you'd be able to add an order of fries and have it be under 10$. Burger de Ville however charges 6.50$ for their bacon burger, making the meal under 10$ and being a great value that I get regularly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: causeimhungry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The point I was trying to make is that you can have a meal for under10$, sure you could spend more for all the extras.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Gloriaa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A regular burger with fries and tax is 11.21$ It's still quite something. I mean I don't regret it too much because the quality was quite something but NDG does lack dirt cheap decent eateries. We don't have no Nilufar, Pitarifique or Romados. There used to be this very short lived Resto Dep thing last summer in the corner of Girouard and Upper-Lachine where the place was vacant for a long while. Food wasn't too good but prices very reasonable. Management didn't seem too competent and they didn't even last 3 months. Thing is if i'm hungry, sorta broke, and don't feel like getting McDoubles and Junior Chickens, it's nice to have these options, instead of having to resort to medium-cheap places like Double Pizza for a burger.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Anyways I had the hotdog and it was great. I'm usually don't go out for hotdogs so I can't really compare and I've never had Nathan's but these ones were pretty good if we compare them to say Lafleurs. Also you can add the same toppings you can get on the burgers on your dogs. The bun felt slightly denser than your usual buns.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Gloriaa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            oh and to answer your question, expensive fast food places that I don't think are worth it are Satay Brothers, M4 Burritos, Five Guys, Copoli.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Ghostquatre

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I once said that Five Guys wasn't that great and was nearly crucified. That said, I had Five Guys recently and have to say that my opinion is exactly the same-- overpriced.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I used to live on Metcalfe in Westmount, just up the street from Copoli-- that place was awful. The food was only ever "so-so" and their gravy was terrible. It turned me off of eating at either location ever again (my final two years in Montreal, and I never ate there).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The problem with the NDG/Westmount area is that there are too many upper-middle class yuppies who don't need a quick bite at low prices. That sort of Concordia demographic is too far west near Souvlaki George, etc. If you wanted a good bite, you'd have to go downtown and that was a shame.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. 2 new cafés just opened this week:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Café Odessa on Beaubien right next to Vieux-Vélo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.facebook.com/cafeodessa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tunnel Espresso Bar, downtown on McGill College
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.facebook.com/TunnelEspresso

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Café Odessa is a lovely tiny space that does give a vaguely maritime impression in the middle of the island of Montréal. Though the uncomfortable design seats are obviously intended for young hipsters and not old post-hippie relics such as myself. They sure have some serious material. And they open early - at 7 a.m. on workdays, 9 a.m weekends. Love their sign.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This blogpost at "À la mode Montréal" has a good photo of their evocative sign and their interior. I'm not familiar with "Pilot" brand coffee. http://www.alamodemontreal.com/bons-p...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hey lagatta, have you ever been to Batadoir on St-Laurent? Is it closed or they really just open when they feel like it (which looks like "never" these days)?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Glaff, every time I've walked past Batadoir, they have been closed. It doesn't look abandoned though. Very strange.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Saw something new in there for the first time... a really small paper in the window, on which you can barely read, announcing a "Vente de fermeture" (for all their furnitures)! Didn't know you could do a vente de fermeture without having really tried to open before.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It is bizarre indeed. Of course there is a fruiterie/nuts/natural products shop at the corner of Beaubien and St-Dominique that only really opened a few months ago after having elaborate paintings of produce and products in its windows for about a year and a half.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm new here to posting but have been reading and lurking for years. "Pilot" is the new name for Toronto roasters Te Aro, which I've bought a couple of times at Pourquoi Pas in the Gay Village area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Chez Vincenzo : New gelateria coming this spring in Villeray
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.facebook.com/ChezVincenzo

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Looks like maybe À Table on Fleury street won't re-open under it's current format. Just saw this on Mario Navarrete Jr's twitter:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ''RECHERCHONS CHEF DE CUISINE pour le nouveau "Madre sur Fleury" qui ouvrira sous peu. Expérience en cuisine bistro... ''

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Not dates yet, but as an Ahuntsic West resident, all I can say is this is very good news!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: sweettoothMTL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hard open tonight - torrential rains exactly like opening day of À Table.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The launch menu is identical to what is presently at Madre/Masson; staff spent a lot of time explaining the chalkboard menus (as in how to select) to the other diners in attendance. Shrimp risotto was good but the seared scallops were better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: wattacetti

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nice. Looking forward to trying it out, maybe this week-end. Were there a lot of people?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Poutine Centrale just opened on Hochelaga not far from Restaurant Jimmy in the old Chez Beauchesne space.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Looks like an interesting addition to the area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.quartierhochelaga.com/pout...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Magdalen, a new restaurant by the Gros Jambon team, opened this week in the Old Montreal, 394 St-Jacques.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                More informations here : https://www.facebook.com/Magdalen394

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Went this morning, was very impressed. Loved it! It was different and delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Toronto chain Bier Markt to open end of autumn in the place of 1221 Steakhouse (ex. Queue) which is closing at the end of this month.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://blogs.montrealgazette.com/2013...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: westaust

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bier Markt, eh? Good luck with that. The OQLF agents will be on it like fat kids on the last smartie the day it opens.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Easy to avoid by putting "restaurant" before the name. Although, grammatically speaking, Bier Markt isn't in a particular language

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: artstate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yeah, I don't see what Shattered is on about. AFAIK, the name Bier Markt doesn't break any of the language rules.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            especially not if it is a registered trademark which it probably is

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Perhaps because they're coming from Ontario?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thats the way I took it; new, high-profile resto in Montreal with a parent company from Ontario just might have the OLFQ agents salivating right now.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              However, they have a foothold here already with Eastside Marios and Caseys, so I don't think they're going to flub up TOO much on the language thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: porker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                They just could have re-branded the restaurant name to French !!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: artstate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lol, okay, can you tell I don't speak German? I guess you guys are right, it will be okay. Then again, who thought 'pasta' or 'caffe' would be problems?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Time will tell.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I don't see why any person who speaks English wouldn't understand Bier Markt - but the websites I've been perusing say the inspiration is Belgian, not German. (Beer is Bier in both languages, and Market is Markt - the main difference being that all nouns take caps in German, not in Dutch/Flemish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Though of course French is spoken in Belgium as well!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Actually, so is German, but it is a small minority...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Has anyone been to their franchises?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Of course I understand it. I thought it was German and that's why the OQLF would freak out, but someone higher up said it "isn't in a particular language".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Seems I was wrong, pardon my ignorance. I thought it was a catchy name that made it look like german & sound like English. Turns out they're real German (and Flemish) words and also sound like English. I should've known better considering the roots of the English language..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've been to one in Toronto. I thought the ambiance was pretty good. They showed the hockey game while we were eating and then they closed the TVs and it became a regular bar. I remember the food was ok, sort of a higher end 3 Brasseurs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They also had a pretty big beer list and the prices were decent but I don't know with our alcohol laws if it will be the same.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    From memory the only cons were that the food was a bit expensive for what it was and they were out of the first two beers I ordered.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I worked for them long ago, in Toronto. Being a chain, they do run a tight ship and I wish them well. I think they'll do okay in that location.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: westaust

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                this is exactly the sort of restaurant that is needed in that area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I hope you aren't serious to say that a chain restaurant is needed downtown|?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: williej

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    they have 4 locations, it's hardly a chain restaurant

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and yes, the area across from the bell center needs a well priced restaurant with good food, a large menu and a good selection of beer. that is exactly what is missing from the area. i have no doubt that they will be very successful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    there is absolutely nothing wrong with the expansion of a successful business.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    we should also be thankful that people still want to invest in this hellish city

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Perhaps not a "chain" per se, but it is a corporate entity, which usually makes my skin crawl.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You'll be seated by a cheery girl with a ponytail and service will start with "Hi my name is Sandy, I'll be your server tonight. Will we be starting with beverages?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      @kirkcoleman: I can understand your lament, but the jury might still be out on the "beautiful.. designed / decor / layout" as they're coughing up $4 Million on refurbishing...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: porker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        um obviously you've never been to this restaurant before. it's not denny's

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        anyways, cheery service is pretty hard to come by in this city that employs so many ne'er-do-well and holier than thou servers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        quite frankly, a lot of the 'non-corporate' restaurants around here are over-rated but montrealers have minds of alchemists, turning shit into gold. Nevermind the fact, that many successful montreal restauranteurs are partners at > 1 restaurants SHAME ON THEM.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gotta agree with you on this one. Moved to Toronto in January and have been shocked by the quality of customer service here. Servers in Montreal were rude, snotty little shrews who showed no interest in their job.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I was taken to the Bier Markt at King/Portland and enjoyed not only the service, but the selection. The food is good and the beer selection is stellar!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "we should also be thankful that people still want to invest in this hellish city"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Well said. Very well said. And yes, service is often pathetic compared with Toronto or Ottawa. All part of the culture of entitlement that's almost destroyed this province.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's insane that people would complain about a decent restaurant opening in a restaurant dead zone....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Queue de Cheval is pretty much the most elitist restaurant in the entire country (MRG Group and MC Mario by the way). why that was ok but not a mid-tier beer haus is baffling.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Come on ! Over priced maybe ! But one one of the top steak houses anywhere - had clients from around the world - Japan, Russia, Korea, China , South Africa , Australia awed by it The design, decor and dried aged steaks are / were world class! Sad that city is losing such a beautiful spot for a Toronto Bier MRKT ! That is what discussion should be about!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kirkcoleman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Who cares where it's from? At the end of the day the food will speak for itself. Will it be good? That's what I care about.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              As for foreign customers, big deal a lot of good MTL restaurants have clientele from around the world. It just happens that the average out of towner will typically ask concierge "where's a good steakhouse" before anything else.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              As Catroast stated, we need as much investment in this city as possible these days before everyone takes off because of certain clowns running the show with a measly 4 seat lead. Non service industry investment would be nice but we'll take it. Either way, I doubt this will stay up long as we're all going off topic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JerkPork

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                you are right - new Resto is great , investment is great , even concept of Beer / gastro pub near Bell Center on 2nd thought is good too. Just lamenting too bad losing such a beautifully designed locaction.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kirkcoleman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There is a big market for eople comming in for a game/concert and looking for a place to spend their time pre-game.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Currently, the selection in the immediate area is mostly: Cage au sport, Peel pub, McLeans, Saint-Hubert, Baton Rouge, Maddison.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't know Bier Markt, but it sounds like it could add to that mid-range selection in the area, not to mention the business travellers in the area in need for a "easy" comfortable choice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think it might do well, and even though it's a chain, i'm kind of eager to try it :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: SourberryLily

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Me too. Can hardly be worse then our home grown "chain" Les 3 brasseurs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If they do private imports and if they manage to keep their stock accessible, so much the better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yup, it's not quebecer, it's a french chain. A very common mistake many people make!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: westaust

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Actually a shame - although over priced- Queue De Cheval was a beautiful spot and attracted people from around the world. To turn such a nice world class steak house into a beer/ pub is a shame. People talking about name etc but what about Montreal losing such a beautifully designed / decor / layout steakhouse !

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kirkcoleman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        um they're on 1234 de la montagne now

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Plus they are renovating an old townhouse on de la Montagne next to campari centro to be their new permanent house

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: westaust

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes but the original spot was unique had incredible design for a steak house and now will be turned into a Toronto pub !

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kirkcoleman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              you and your clients should have bought it then

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              now everyone gets to enjoy a beautiful spot and not just the mega rich

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                haha they did when it was Queue De Cheval - i guess the new management did not make it work. Missing my point no worries - you think city needs a Toronto chain beer garden over a home grown world class steak house. Your choice! Enjoy the beer!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kirkcoleman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  your home grown world class steak house is still open a block away lol

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    geez do you not read the posts ! A block away in 1234 night club !! Come on! Not the same- just do not get it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kirkcoleman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      it's a temporary location. they vacated their old one long before there was the possibility of bier markt. it's not as if they were forced out by an evil brasserie. your argument is non-sense.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        phhhhh as i said you are missing my point ! I am talking about the location on rene levesque! It is a beautiful spot - shame that new mgmt could not make it work - been less then a year i think - then to gut the place and make it to a generic beer garden which can be done anywhere is a shame.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: kirkcoleman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I agree. I'd prefer the profits stay in this city rather than go to an owner down the 401.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Who needs new generic beer gardens. Might as well live in Wichita.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Dunn's has a new location, in the Village, which opened on April 1st, I think: 1336 Ste-Catherine Est.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Le Smoking Vallée has announced on its Facebook that they will be opening a new BYO at 200 Beaubien Est. That's where Poyo Loco is now. I hadn't noticed that they had closed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          https://www.facebook.com/permalink.ph...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Anyone know anything about this place, http://suwumontreal.com.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Seems like it just opened yesterday, St Laurent corner Prince Arthur.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                not enough places serve pulled pork

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That's why this city needs food trucks serving $12 pulled-pork sandwiches.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I know you have a thing for hating on specific types of food but my attitude is that in montreal, a city deprived of just about every north american amenity, more is always better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I actually love pulled-pork when it's good and reasonably priced. What I hate is the overabundance of shitty and/or overpriced pulled-pork. There was a point not long ago when every casual or "rustic" restaurant in the city was serving it in one form or another because it's cheap to make and it sells like hot cakes. What I hate is the tyranny of any dish that becomes overly trendy never the dish itself. I'll eat anything if it's good. I think what the Montreal food scene needs most is more diversity. Every restaurant in the city serving the same thing is not diversity.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Anyway, this is about hipster pogos – Something I actually find quite intriguing and am looking forward to trying out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I never said I would pay $8 for a pogo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm sorry you are feeling that way, catroast. I had visitors from Toronto and from NYC recently and they were raving about the amenities here. À chacun son goût, I guess.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The newly formed Joint Oversight Committee on Multi-Burrough Food Truck Sanitation Safety and Exclusivity first has to decide if pulled-pork sandwiches are "junk food" or not...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: porker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            They probably need to do a survey before deciding if it is indeed junk food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Then do opposite of survey results.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kirkcoleman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        What?! It looks like it was thrown together by a 12 year old who just discovered Pinterest.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: JerkPork

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Well, first off I'll be damned if I can find their address or anything else. Their page is a tumbler feed with nothing under the headings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Even more egregiously, it started playing some shite rap that drowned out my Elvis. Fuck with Elvis and you be gettin' a cap in yo' azz.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Okay maybe not but you won't get my 'benjamins'.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The address in on the announcement of the launch party (in English only of course). Third image from the top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ... Was the "neighborhood bar" really necessary to the name? Bar de quartier is too French?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            you're right. it's pretty stupid and inflammatory

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            their fried chicken on biscuit sandwich looks good tho :x

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.ne...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The food / menu / decor looks good and stretch of St laurnent has been dying - area is in dire need of some investment / quality food!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Sefa, a new turkish restaurant on Parc between Laurier and Fairmount, opened recently. Looks interesting.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.restaurantsefa.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh, that looks promising. I might just have to go try it out myself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ooooooo!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Looks really nice, though on the high end of my budget.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. A new pastry shop called Mlles Gâteaux opened today in Villeray (363 rue Villeray). Nice pictures! You might recognize the style if you've been to Pastaga before, one of the girl was the pastry chef there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            https://www.facebook.com/mllesgateaux

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They were in La Presse yesterday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I was there by accident on opening day. Amazing stuff, and I don't say that lightly. Tried 2 cupcakes, vanilla and chocolate - caramel. Both were lightly frosted and filled. The cake itself somehow rich and airy. The frosting on the vanilla had a hint of sour cream, and the filling seemed to have some white chocolate in a dense and subtly- sweet pastry cream. The chocolate was filled with an unctuous and fluid caramel that had none of the cloying sweetness the latter often has. Also tried an amazing passionfruit tartelette, a plain and perfect croissant, and a very nice cheese bread. Recommend highly!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. When I went to Abu Elias yesterday, I noticed that the place across the street that served Lebanese breakfast has closed and that a Poulet Bronzé will be opening soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Also, I don't know if someone has posted about this elsewhere, but there's now a Curry & Naan in the same strip as Abu Elias.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I tried to go once and it was empty. I mean literally, there was no clerk, no music, nobody greeted me at the counter. Awkward, not very inviting. We just went to abu elias.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Not surprising they are closed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I scooped C&N in the 2012 thread, it's taken that long for them to open. Still not open yet as of today, but it looked ready.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. There's a new Parthenon on Queen Mary, a few doors west of Second Cup. I tried it once, not impressed will try it again some other time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. A new sandwich place called Le Sanbox is opening soon in the Mile-End (5448 St-Laurent)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        https://www.facebook.com/lesanbox

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I don't know how new it is, but last night I noticed Dolce & Gateaux on the corner or Bernard and Clark.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dolce-...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A quick search of this board came up with bupkis, so I thought I'd mention it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's new. I saw it 2 weeks ago and it was not yet opened. I hope there's more than what we see on the Facebook page... because if there's one thing the world doesn't need is another cupcake shop.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They seem to do a lot of those fondant cakes that make up half of the Food Network's programming. Not that I find any more exciting than cupcakes,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Stopped in today. I must say, I have no problem with cupcakes. Yes, they were all trendy & they are hard to eat gracefully, but they can be so damn tasty, who cares. This place has a lot of cupcake flavours, but also gelato, espresso drinks, cakes, panini, decorated cookies, and other treats. I tried a limoncello cupcake (good lemony flavour topped with meringue, which I was not crazy about) and coco lime (really delicious, filled with lime curd and topped with a wonderful fluffy buttery not-too-sweet icing). The cake itself was a bit on the dry side but I prefer that to overly moist & gummy. With the filling & icing, the overall effect was not dry at all. Staff were very friendly & kind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Groupe Europea (Jérôme Ferrer) announced that they will open a new Café in the new Musée Grévin to open soon. Probably similar to Café Birks:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "Le Grand Chef Relais et Châteaux Jérôme Ferrer, mettra, avec son équipe, la touche finale à l'expérience sensorielle du musée Grévin Montréal avec Café Grévin par Europea entouré du grand chef pâtissier Jean-Marc Guillot, Meilleur Ouvrier de France et Champion du Monde de pâtisserie et son ami Francis Reddy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Un resto-boutique avec une restauration au comptoir, adapté à la clientèle du centre Eaton et du musée Grévin avec Petit-déjeuner à la parisienne, boites à lunch et salades repas à consommer sur place ou à emporter, et un rayon de boulangerie et de fines pâtisseries, feront de ce lieu d'attraction, une nouvelle destination gourmande pour les montréalais."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What, and where, is Musee Grevin?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And so starts the slow steady descent towards insignificance... sigh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Start? Musée Grévin started more than 130 years ago in Paris...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I think what EaterBob is saying is that opening in a wax museum is the beginning of the end for Europea.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            No difference between that and Café Birks and Espace Boutique. They're basically all the same concept.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Exactly. One is special, two is alright, three is pushing it, and four is either a cash grab or franchising or attempting to cash in on name recognition or some combination of all three. Which is not good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I think it is good combo idea as the other dining options in museums around the city are dead, and this should be an improvement to options in the malls. The Grevin museum is suppose to be an destination entertainment venu so hopefully europea will pick up on that in their menu choices.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mangoannie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We have a wax museum? Is it popular? This is a really bizarre choice for another Europea Cafe, in my eyes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: SourberryLily

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We used to have a was museum (on Cotes de Neiges); and it was turned into a Commensal outlet for a few years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: SourberryLily

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        @SourberryLily

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Not really bizarre... look at the Café Grévin in Paris : www.cafegrevin.com.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No i mean its a bizarre choice in Montreal. The museum is fairly new and will be on the 5th floor of an already booming shopping center.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wax museums aren't the biggest success stories in my book already, i wonder if the restaurant will benefit from enough visibility if it relies on foot traffic from museum visitors.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You can't compare it to an already established location in Paris.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: SourberryLily

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the owner must know something you don't

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: SourberryLily

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Actually, wax museums are hugely popular with people who seriously lack imagination on vacation and/or need to upload a steady stream of 'funny' photos to facebook (which is unfortunately a lot of ppl.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                IOW, I agree this is very downscale for Europea, from what I know of their rep (never been there, tho).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I dont know if you have kids shattered but my family really enjoyed the wax museum in Paris, less so the one on st Mary rd in Montreal. There were plenty of historical figures as well as more familiar ones to children, anyways it is an outing that could be of interest especially when weather is dreary. I sometimes wonder if the commenters here who have negative people remarks have actually visited the places themselves, just wondering.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mangoannie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Just seems odd to have a museum inside a mall and not on the street. Same question goes for putting a restaurant in a mall. You miss all the street traffic that way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: williej

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Exactly williej. Without being visible to foot traffic, the restaurant has to rely on museum clientele or having a reputation big enough so that people would seek it out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      So all in all, if the restaurant is indeed on the 5th floor of the eaton center, it will be somewhat dependant on the success of the museum.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: SourberryLily

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's the same for Café Birks no? You have to be inside to know that there's a café.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Isn't there #Cafe Birks inside" printed on the windows, in front of Birks, or something like that?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: SourberryLily

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Joe Shmo on the street does not go to Cafe Birks on a whim. It is a destination, generally (e.g., they take reservations for lunch!) I am sure they get some foot traffic, as I am sure the Eaton Center location will too with proper signage. I can't imagine that too many people stop in for a $40 per person lunch just like that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There is a big big difference between being on the 5th floor of a mall and being inside a store at the street level.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I agree with others, people will go to the new restaurant as a destination. Being inside a mall though does limit street recognition. I often find out about restaurants while window shopping; inside a mall you wouldn't do that so much.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: williej

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pics of the museum opening:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.nightlife.ca/photos/ginett...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ok, I'll give them pts for the local touches (Patrick Roy, John & Yoko bed-in, etc.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              @mangoannie: I don't know too many preteens or parents of said humans with time for social media, so it was not them I was taking the piss outta.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. It looks like a new spot opened up across the street from Caffe in Gamba. I think it's a Greek restaurant, but I didn't get a good look. Maybe someone else has a better idea.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Looks like Lawrence is planning to open a butcher shop soon: https://twitter.com/Restonomy/status/...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's the best news I heard today! I can't wait.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            facebook page of the Boucherie is now created.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Boucherie is opening on june 11.