Opening a new restaurant in downtown Montreal is always a risky venture. But to do so during the pandemic — a painful time for eateries and the people who work in them — might seem like an impossible task.
Yet family-owned chicken rotisserie chain Benny&Co. has done just that with the launch of a new location at 1175, boul. Robert-Bourassa that offers a new concept for urban folks.
Once indoor dining is allowed, the restaurant will feature a bar, "sound and lighting ambiance," and fast service so busy-as-hell downtown workers can order ready-to-eat meals from their cellphones, according to a news release.
In addition to the location on Robert-Bourassa, the chain will be opening locations on rues Saint-Jacques and Beaubien this summer. The $4.5 million investment will create about 100 jobs, the company said.
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante praised the company for opening downtown, stating, "the economic recovery of Montreal and its downtown area is underway, and we are confident that, with the contribution of partners like Benny&Co., we can make it a success."
While there are a million and one spots to enjoy a 5 à 7 in the city, not everywhere does happy hour quite like this Montreal restaurant in the Village.
Resto Keela serves $6 drinks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., including house draft beer, house red or white wine, and speed rail mixed drinks, which is a choice of vodka, rye, rum, or gin — a pretty hard drink deal to beat.
As for food, you can go every week and try a different $6 dish at happy hour. "The $6 bites change from week to week but we always offer 3-5 options," owners Kristin Murphy and Johnny Hamilton told MTL Blog.
I went on September 10 and got to try green beans with a cashew romesco sauce and feta crumble, chorizo sausage, chicken Kaarage with kimchi cucumbers, and organic cherry tomato salad with blue cheese. And I kid you not when I say these dishes all take your taste buds on a culinary trip to heaven.
Keela's full menu is also filled with tons of unique dishes for you to try. The celery root carpaccio is hands down my favourite.
Every Friday night, you can hear the sweet voice of Bud Rice sing live at the restaurant.