March 1, 2011 – After Simpléchic and Le Local, the dynamic chef Louis-François Marcotte has launched a brand-new undertaking. Baptized Le Hangar for its original vocation (warehouse) in the Griffintown neighbourhood, the restaurant proposes a concept that’s steeped in conviviality and a cuisine that exudes classic Italian influences, in a décor with an up-tempo industrial urban feel to it.
With its high ceilings, simple but chic sense of decoration and copious light flooding in from the floor-to-ceiling windows, this entirely renovated locale draws attention. Throw in the inviting ambiance, and Le Hangar makes for a happening place that’s perfect for meeting up with family, friends or colleagues after work.
Guests enjoy simple yet savoury cuisine reminiscent of the sun-kissed spaces of Italy and the Mediterranean, right from its tapas to its main dishes, which feature time-honoured favourites like pizza and pasta. The choice of vintages gracing the wine list is not only inspired, but is an excellent complement to the entire package. On weekends, patrons are treated to a delicious brunch menu.
Two well-established teammates are helping Louis-François Marcotte hold the reins of his new gourmet digs: Chef Mike Diamond who earned his kitchen creds at Leméac and Le Local and sommelier Elyse Lambert, whose impressive experience (Auberge Hatley, XO) includes the prestigious title of Best Sommelier of the Americas 2009 which she brought home from Buenos Aires.
Add the friendly service and reasonable prices and you have the address of one of Montréal’s dining spaces that is as friendly as its owner. If the past is a predictor of the future, the host of “Cuisinez Comme Louis” on Canal Vie and author of four cookbooks, two of which picked up prizes at the Gourmand World Cookbook Award 2010, proves once again that when it comes to success, he has the key ingredients.