La Buvette Beaubien replaces the Soda Grocery

From canteen-grocery store to café and pizzeria counter, Épicerie Soda is starting a new chapter with a brand new identity: Buvette Beaubien. The king is dead, long live the king !

Posted on June 30

Valerie Simard

Valerie Simard
The Press

Opened in 2020 rue Beaubien, in the south of Little Italy, this friendly neighborhood address remains a café-canteen during the day, but turns into a bar in the evening, while retaining its friendly signature. “We want it to remain a simple, family-friendly place, a neighborhood address,” says co-owner Dominique Goupil.

  • The coffee counter opens from 11 a.m.

    PHOTO OLIVIER JEAN, THE PRESS

    The coffee counter opens from 11 a.m.

  • The 25-seat terrace overlooks rue Beaubien.

    PHOTO OLIVIER JEAN, THE PRESS

    The 25-seat terrace overlooks rue Beaubien.

  • The spicy shrimp roll is offered for lunch and dinner.

    PHOTO OLIVIER JEAN, THE PRESS

    The spicy shrimp roll is offered for lunch and dinner.

  • Nicoise salad

    PHOTO OLIVIER JEAN, THE PRESS

    Nicoise salad

  • Dominique Goupil, co-owner of the establishment

    PHOTO OLIVIER JEAN, THE PRESS

    Dominique Goupil, co-owner of the establishment

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After having gone through multiple obstacles, due in large part to the pandemic, Dominique Goupil and Martin Lamirande wanted to offer themselves a new start, without however rushing the clientele. Regulars can still enjoy a coffee from the roaster Zab, a pastry from Hélico, a salad or a sandwich, or even settle down there to work. At aperitif time, the bar atmosphere sets in, as well as a menu offering snacks and dishes to share (or not) such as a burrata with cherry tomatoes, a shrimp roll spices, a salmon gravlax and pork chops with chimichurri sauce. However, this menu is set to change with the arrival of a new chef in the kitchen.

To drink, there is a selection of microbrewery beers and privately imported wines, often natural (Rézin, Les Vins de Julie, Le vin dans les voiles), starting at $9 a glass. In addition to a terrace on the street side, the establishment will soon benefit from a new space inside its premises which will be able to accommodate private events.

211 Beaubien Street East, Montreal

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