La Maison Verte

This family business has been known over the years to develop a unique atmosphere, exceptional service and carve out an enviable reputation in the West Island of Montreal thanks to the originality of its menu and the magnificent welcome given to clients.

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Miranda Medeiros tries 49th Parallel coffee and Lucky’s Doughnuts

A beloved coffee franchise from British Columbia makes its way to Montreal. The 49th Parallel opened its doors in Old Montreal this summer with delicious and sustainably sourced coffee along with to-die-for doughnuts.

The 49th Parallel serves a diverse coffee menu using beans from their own cutting-edge roastery. Not only is this spot a no-brainer for a good cup of coffee but it is the scene for some premiere gourmet doughnuts made fresh throughout the day. These doughnuts are hand-crafted culinary delights from Vancouver-based Lucky’s Doughnuts.

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Miranda Medeiros attends the grand opening of Benny & Co. at 201 St-Jacques Street in the Old Port

Benny & Co. is the triumph of generations of hard-working Quebecers. The seeds of this local franchise were first planted back in the 1940s where the Benny family would raise chicken on their family farm where they began making their renowned rotisserie chicken. Using their own family recipe, their delectable chicken was then shared with the public when they opened their first restaurant in 1960. Since then, generations of Benny’s have taken up the helm and now have expanded the farm into a 68-branch franchise, with the newest location in Montreal’s Old Port.

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Benny&Co. chooses downtown Montreal to unveil its new rotisserie concept

Benny&Co., Quebec’s largest family-owned rotisserie chain, is now present in downtown Montreal with the opening of its 66th rotisserie, marking the launch of its new restaurant concept. Entirely elaborated by the 3rd generation of the Benny family, this concept involved more than two and a half years of development and will offer a renewed customer experience that reflects Benny&Co’s vision for the future.

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Mike Cohen enjoys his first ever Gibbys Steakhouse takeout experience and gives a huge thumbs up

While its Old Montreal and St. Sauveur locations are now open for dining, Gibbys has implemented an already very popular takeout and curbside pickup format. Gibbys is following all required protective measures for patrons, staff and suppliers. All tables are socially distanced and all of the staff wear the required protective equipment. There are hand sanitizing stations throughout the restaurants and all areas are sanitized on a regular basis. In Old Montreal, a separate entrance has been created for clients coming in so that clients arriving and leaving are not crossing each other in the entrance.

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Update: La Queue de Cheval Steakhouse and Raw Bar cancels curbside pickup

Since the world shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic there are a lot of experiences people miss dearly. Going out for a nice meal at a restaurant is certainly one of them.

Restaurants are presently only permitted to operate for take-out and delivery service. The iconic
La Queue de Cheval Steakhouse and Raw Bar, (www.queuedecheval.com), located at 1181 Avenue de la Montagne, has been around for more than two decades. Before the coronavirus battered the economy, founder Peter Morentzos was happily preparing to open a new Toronto location. That is now on hold, and in jeopardy of not proceeding.

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SIAL Canada’s 17th edition presents the crossroads of innovative solutions to face the challenges of tomorrow

By 2030, the agri-food industry will need to feed nearly nine billion people while protecting the planet’s resources. As our production and consumption methods are put to the test, manufacturers and professionals must now innovate to produce differently, offering more sustainable agri-food alternatives, all of this in the context of a significant labour shortage. This is the main theme that will be addressed during the 17th edition of SIAL Canada, which will be held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal from April 15 to 17. With more than 1,200…

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Manny Favas discusses food photography as a tool for restaurants

In this day and age where a strong visual presence can compel the viewer to act decisively, or not, having impactful imagery can certainly give any food establishment an edge over the competition, the importance of this cannot be taken for granted, yet it happens all the time. A quick look through the multitude of food websites and it’s evident that not much thought was put into creating the images that represent the establishment. According to a recent survey, in the USA, 45% of diners specifically look for photos of food…

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What’s on the Menu

“What’s on the Menu?” is a new section of mtlrestorap. We will be examining some great menu designs in the Montreal area and beyond.

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Mike Cohen reports on La Queue de Cheval Steakhouse and Raw Bar & its imminent Toronto expansion

As La Queue de Cheval Steakhouse and Raw Bar located at 1181 Avenue de la Montagne, marks 21 years in business, owner Peter Morentzos has some exciting news to announce.

In early 2020, the Q will open up in Toronto at 224 King Street in the base of a glitzy condo building. Morentzos will tell me more soon so stay tuned to this space, but the prime location is right next to the Royal Alexandra Theatre in the very heart of Toronto’s entertainment district.

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