Massive gourmet food garden coming to heart of downtown Montreal (RENDERINGS)

Sep 5 2018, 1:42 pm

Downtown Montreal is about to get a massive and tasty facelift. As part of a $200 million dollar revitalization, the now-closed Place Ville Marie food court will be transformed into a gourmet food garden.

The 35,000-sq-ft space will be rejuvenated as ‘Le Cathcart Restaurants et Biergarten’ under the future glass pavilion of the Place Ville Marie Esplanade.

Open seven days a week, all year round, the biergarten will offer seating for more than a thousand people with 15 restaurants, bistros, cafes, delis and bar outlets aiming to become the go-to destination for business lunches, happy hour and festive evenings.

Le Cathcart will be operated and built by architecture firms Sid Lee and Menkes Shooner Dagenais Letourneaux and will feature highly skilled chefs from Montreal’s culinary scene, including chef Antonio Park.

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Ivanhoé Cambridge / Place Ville Marie

gourmet food garden

Ivanhoé Cambridge / Place Ville Marie

gourmet food garden

Ivanhoé Cambridge / Place Ville Marie

“We want to celebrate Place Ville Marie’s central location by creating a unique point of access to the underground city,” said Jean Pelland, Architect and Senior Partner at Sid Lee Architecture. “The glass pavilion is an ideal setting for the interior garden, a space bathed in natural light and filled with greenery, where gourmet and festive gatherings will take place.”

The lively urban square in the heart of a busy district with festive terraces, Le Cathcart Restaurants et Biergarten will echo Montreal’s lively street vibe, acting as an indoor extension of the city and its love for good food.

Just like the Eaton Centre’s new Time Out food market, Le Cathcart Restaurants et Biergarten is slated to open in late 2019.

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