Montreal’s Most Anticipated Openings, Winter 2020


Another icy winter is upon the city, but that’s not stopping a few restaurateurs from throwing open the doors on new ventures. From another food hall to a Japanese épicerie, here’s a preview of the new eating and drinking establishments to keep an eye out for over the next three months.

Le Cathcart

Who: A consortium of sorts that includes A5 Hospitality (Jatoba, Kampai Garden), architecture firms Sid Lee and Menkes Shooner Dagenais Letourneaux, and real estate company Ivanhoé Cambridge.

What: One more new food hall for the city (following Le Central and Time Out Market, this is the last). Of the three, the design on this one looks to be the most spectacular, with a greenery-filled atrium and a glass roof looking out to the city from Place Ville-Marie. AS for food, it’ll feature full-service restaurants from chefs that have worked at Jatoba and Un Po’ di Piu, plus casual projects from the owners of Arthurs, Uniburger, Omnivore, and notable Miami restaurant Kyu.

When: Mid to late-January.

Where: Place Ville-Marie — the entrance will be directly off Cathcart at the south end of McGill College.

Bouillon Bilk’s new project

Who: Mélanie Blanchette and chef François Nadon, owners of Latin Quarter restaurants Bouillon Bilk and Cadet

What: A brasserie project that will focus on classics — the exact culinary style hasn’t been declared, although the whole “brasserie” aspect suggests that it should be French. It’ll take over the large, modern space that used to be Le Local.

When: It’s unclear, but it was initially meant to open in the fall.

Where: 740 William Street, in Cité-du-Multimédia (between Griffintown and Old Montreal).