Jean-Talon Market & area 2014
Big renovations coming soon at the market, SAQ will move in a bigger space: http://journalmetro.com/opinions/pays...
Thanks for the news, Glaff. Especially if the SAQ is towards the western edge of the market, and a bit south of the current Jean-Talon location, I don't see how they can justify keeping the current Petite-Italie location, as they are less than five minutes' walk apart (even with groceries) even now.
The SAQ at the market gets long queues on weekends, and there is no room to wait comfortably, or to put in more cash registers. I prefer to shop at Petite-Italie for that reason, unless I go to Beaubien. It is a tiny bit closer to my place than those other two are, but I really can't complain...
If the SAQ moves, perhaps Fromagerie Hamel will expand once more as well.
By the way, the Jean-Talon métro station is getting an elevator, set to open this autumn.
From Sophie Suraniti on Twitter:
«Un 2e kiosque pour coureur des bois François Brouillard au marché Jean Talon à partir de mai Pour tout le beau stock #LesJardinsSauvages !»
A Vrac en folie outlet https://www.vracenfolie.com/ will open on Jean-Talon at the eastern end of Italomélodie, near Henri-Julien; signs fore and aft.
I've never been to one, so have no idea of their quality or prices.
By the way, some outdoor vendors are opening up, despite the continuing cool and moody weather.
Very nice indeed, went yesterday.
A few changes from before:
- Beef aged on premises (fridge in the far right corner)
- A few more german-type sausages and a lesser variery of those previously offered.
The counters are very nice, but they should probably remove some of the items on the top, looks a little too cluttered and cuts with the modern look they achieved on the rest of the store.
However, I found the bottleneck even worse than before, due to the products stored in the middle, betwween both counters. A few strollers in the store at the same time (mine included) causes a total logjam. At least, previously, there was a certain kind of flow to the place (you came in on the right, came out from the left). Now, with the open space, this pattern is gone.
Can't comment on price yet.
Today, people are handing out coupons for a "free gift" at Boucherie du marché. It is a sausage of your choice. I picked up a few of them, but wouldn't dare redeem more than one at a time. So a nice lapin aux pruneaux, and yes, I did purchase something as well - I was planning to do so.
Boucherie Du Marche - Total Cluster#### this Saturday, the new layout is more attractive, but even more of a traffic jam. Having the small carts in the aisles just doesn't work like in the old "one way" layout.
Lots of gawking and folks standing around doing nothing. At the rear butcher counter (which is what this is about, right?) not a whole lot of meat being sold. More of a Russian bread line that good French butcher. Lots of new faces behind the counter too - no idea if this will hold a candle to the prior version.
Withholding a verdcit until they settle in and and I peruse unmolested. Boucherie des Tours continues to get my business - no fuss, no nonsense, and great quality,
Perhaps, but there is no way I'm going to take the métro to Lionel-Groulx every time I want something from such a place.
It is odd as they seem to have to many people working there. They don't have a number system either. A lady was there with her mother in a wheelchair and everyone had to get out of the narrow aisle for the disabled lady to exit.
I also think whoever planned the new layout underestimated to what extent this "boucherie" is also a general grocery, especially for French, some Italian, and other imported products, and ones from Québec small producers. They needed more shelves for general groceries, which sell a lot there. Beforehand, the butcher business per se was just on the eastern side and the back - pretty much all the rest was shelves, and a couple of frozen food cabinets.
I'm not a big meat eater; I went there mostly for cheeses (they had great deals) and other foodstuffs.
I LOVE the good and reasonably-priced coffee at Caffè San Simeon, but how I wish their wooden terrasse (shared with the sister restaurant Inferno) would incorporate parasols! Before they had that set-up (which increases seating, and indeed it is often full) they had tables with parasols. I'd feel strange asking them; it is such a family affair...
On the other side of the street, Stefano Faita was working away hard at the outdoor Impasto stand alongside staff, with very simple foods. Such energy! (Michele Forgione was not there outdoors this time).
The new parklet on Shamrock Street between the market and St-Dominique has been marked out with reddish-orange paint, but no picnic tables in time for the Grand Prix, at least not today. I hope this is a success.
There's a new organic vegetables stand called Les Bio Locaux on the south-east side of the market, not far from where Jacques et Diane normally are. It's actually a COOP (http://www.capecoop.org) and the stand is used by a few different farms at the same time. Really good idea!