Probably Popular

Tried out a new place on Mont-Royal last week, Le 940 which replaces the Green Stop that had been closed for a little while. First thought: crappy name. Come on, couldn’t you come up with something just a bit more original than the address?

They certainly have a great space though, super high ceilings, corner spot with tall windows they’ll be opening as soon as it’s warmer out. I’m not good at numbers for floor size but it’s probably one of the biggest places around there and they added a mezanine. It’s also close to a bunch of popular restaurants, the rent must be insane on that place.

Design wise it’s in the vein of the “simple-zen-dark wood-écru leather-plants in big vases-zone-caban” trend I’ve mentioned before (fr) but there’s more color, some of the corner high backed sofa/chairs for one, in dark red and orange. The old wood floor is great, the columns and the side of the mezanine are done up in varnished presswood that look pretty good. Quite a few great light fixtures that probably cost a bundle. In other words, the zen thing but with some warm colors.

Food was good, although of course in one visit by two people it’s not like you can try that many things. The menu is pretty cheap—especially considering how many people were working, very good service—and is the common “Plateau fusion” of funky sandwiches and burgers, pastas and pizzas. They also serve breakfasts and will probably draw some people tired of waiting to get in the neighbouring Avenue. The wine list was very short but it’s not the type of place where you expect a whole lot more. They’ve also got a nice little bar in one of the corners, looking out on Mont-Royal it’s sure to help make them popular.

And that’s pretty much what it will be, a popular place, for a while at least. Nothing new, nothing unique, nothing spectacular but everything done right with all the “in” details and a great spot. With all the windows, it will be enough to make it a hit for the “people watching in the sun” crowd we turn into come spring.

(Btw, the former Porté disparu space accross the street has been rented recently, looking forward to what the new tenants make of it)

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