The Monna sisters inaugurate La Midinette in Saint-Jean-de-l’Île-d’Orléans

La Midinette marks a new page in the history of the presbytery of Saint-Jean-de-l’Île-d’Orléans, with the Monna sisters inaugurating this new gourmet meeting place on Thursday.

Cassis Monna & Filles’ reputation extends beyond Île-d’Orléans. Their liqueur and many other products have won many awards, but this time sisters Anne and Catherine Monna present us with their own project in the former La Boulange.

“Catherine and I are entrepreneurs. We like challenges and new projects. Cassis works well and we’re growing. We still have many projects ahead of us, but we dreamed of another place on the island. We wanted to create a completely different universe. The opportunity arose when Dominique Brown contacted Catherine and said they wanted to sell the business,” said Anne Monna.

“When I visited the place, I fell in love,” she added.


Catherine and Anne Monna take on a new challenge with La Midinette in the former presbytery of Saint-Jean-de-l'Île-d'Orléans.

stop for visitors

In the heart of the village of Saint-Jean, just opposite the church and a few steps from the shore, the presbytery has long been a focal point for visitors wishing to take a short break. A number of owners have succeeded one another in the past, including the President of Chocolats Favoris.

Since the acquisition of this unique place by the two Monna sisters, the place has come to life with La Midinette, which defines itself as a “chic bakery and snack bar”. Of course there will be a sale of homemade bread, pastries, pizza and scones on site, but from midday a small menu inspired by the islands and the beach slowly takes over with simple dishes to share, accompanied by wine, cocktails and cocktails .

This dream comes true for the two sisters and means an investment of one million dollars.

“We have a lot of fun redefining this place, redecorating and reinventing the gastronomic offer. It’s a wonderful playground,” Anne continues.

scarcity and imagination

The two sisters formed an independent unit of Cassis Monna & Filles where they continue to work with their father Bernard who is still in the business.

Fortunately, they can count on the team at Cassis to carry out this new project. Faced with the labor shortage, the family business needs to be resourceful.

It has also acquired a residence near the Cassis Monna & Filles home in Saint-Pierre-de-l’Île-d’Orléans to house staff.

The company has also provided them with a vehicle to facilitate travel between the two villages, which are about twenty kilometers apart.

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