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French diner Foiegwa opens today in Little Burgundy

Karolina Jez Jul 08, 2016 4:57 am

One of the most anticipated foodie spots in the city will finally open their doors to the public tomorrow.

Located on the corner of Atwater and Notre-Dame Ouest, this French brasserie/diner has been stirring a lot of buzz around Montreal due to its cool concept and design.

To get the inside scoop, I caught up with co-owner Roberto Porres of Old Montreal’s Barroco and Bocata to find out what we can all expect tomorrow!

How did the name Foiegwa come about?

It started with a pop up in Las Vegas when we catered for Life is Beautiful and served Foie Gras. We realized that it was something that people in North America love very much and when you say it fast in English it sounds like foiegwa. After a couple of days there we started saying foiegwa as well and it became a hashtag for our social media. When we came back from Vegas we made some hats that we sent to the people in Vegas and it went a big viral from there amongst the restaurant community. The name reflects our concept: mixing the French Brasserie tradition with the casual flare of the North American diner vibe.

Why did you pick Little Burgundy for the location?

It’s such a vibrant and eclectic neighbourhood, we are actually at the border between Saint Henri and Little Burgundy.

Who is behind this project?

The Barroco group and some new partners that are very passionate and skilled in their own fields. We decided to partner up with people that we believe in and that believe in us.



What experience do all of you have?

8 years running Barroco and Bocata and each one of us has a different specialty from design and mixology to hospitality in general.

What was your inspiration for design?

Classic French meets diner for Foiegwa and French Disco for the Atwater Cocktail Club.



What can we expect on the menu?

Onion soup, frog legs, steak frites, moules mariniere, croque Monsieur… French classics.

There a secret bar…can you give us more information?

Yes! We have a crazy cocktail program. The entrance is through a back alley…the rest is up to you to discover.



How do you think you’ll stand out from the other top dining spots in the area?

By staying open until 2 am and bringing our passion and hospitality to the neighborhood.

Foie Gwas

Where: 3001 Notre Dame Ouest
Hours: Monday to Friday 11:30 am to 2 am, Saturday and Sunday 10:30 am to 2 am. No reservations.




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