Fewer Eggs, More Smoothies: How Montreal’s Best-Loved Brunch Spots Are Making It Through – MONTREALINABOX
Remember brunch? You know, huge lineups of hangry, hungover customers waiting hours to bite into an eggs Benedict or giant plate of pancakes smothered in Quebec maple syrup.
While the pandemic may have put a kibosh on indoor dining for most of the past 14 months, Montreal breakfast restaurants say brunch isn’t dead — though it does look quite a bit different. “There’s still a lineup; it’s virtual now,” said Pierre-Luc Chevalier, co-owner of Janine Café in Verdun and Régine Café in La Petite-Patrie.
When the pandemic first hit back in March, Chevalier didn’t think anyone would order eggs for takeout or delivery. But gradually he realized the pandemic might last a while and started offering a shortened menu, “and my God, it worked,” he says.
Due to customer demand, Janine and Régine have since started offering their regular menus, though they don’t sell much in the way of eggs Benedict or sunny-side up eggs (scrambled stays warm longer, Chevalier says). And they’ve been staying afloat by selling traditional brunch plates, pastries, and sides. “People are ordering more sides than when they were in in-room dining,” Chevalier said. “So they have leftovers for later in the day…
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