There’s a new place at the Plaza to dance to the tunes of local and international DJs, as well as discover and discover up-and-coming artists underground. But it would be a shame to reduce the system to one club. Because if you wiggle there after dark, the place is also a bar where you can eat very well, ideal for aperitifs or to eat and drink fine wines of own import and signature cocktails before heading out on the let off steam on the dance floor.
Posted yesterday at 11am
Sebastian Cowan is the founder of the Arbutus Records record label, best known for releasing Grimes’ first three albums. A few years ago, he acquired this building in Plaza Saint-Hubert after being vacated from a warehouse converted into condominiums. Music studios and the non-profit radio station n10.as, founded by Cowan, are housed on the upper floor. “The dream has always been to have a space like this on the ground floor to create a cultural space dedicated to music,” he explains.
This dream became reality when the Café Crème on the ground floor closed its doors. The music lover had the bright idea of calling restaurateur David Schmidt, who has no lack of experience in this area with addresses such as Le Mal Nécessaire, Fleurs & Cadeau (and its bar in the basement Sans Soleil), Club Pelicano, Grapefruit Bar , etc.
Together they imagined this neighborhood that wants to do things differently. A new system, briefly summarized, summarizes Sebastian, who could not use this name because it is already taken dinner New System, a place he particularly likes, by the way. “The values we want to uphold are that employees can benefit from the profits we make. The tip is split equally between the kitchen and the floor, by the hour, not by the day. So there is no “bad”. change“. In the end we brought together highly qualified people in a company with a social impact,” adds David.
Among them Simon Saint-Louis, butler (Buvette chez Simone), and Julien de Grosbois, manager (Philémon Bar). At the helm of the kitchen is experienced chef Josh Lauridsen (Club Chasse et Pêche, Le Filet, Garde-Manger) and enjoys the freedom to offer small seasonal dishes based on his inspirations by collaborating with Proximity’s suppliers. Mediterranean flair and “snackbar” inspiration come together here: sishito peppers with anchovies and chimichurri sauce, “steamed” burger smash with homemade milk bun, fried halloumi croquettes, etc.
The best of both worlds, right?
Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 5 p.m.
7119 Saint-Hubert Street, Montreal