by Alexandra Forbes
This week the Ritz-Carlton Montreal announced that when it reopens, later this year, it will have Tiffany & Co.'s first free-standing Montreal store. A press release says "The new Montreal store will mark Tiffany's fifth company-operated store in Canada. (...) Situated in the heart of Montreal's historic Golden Square Mile, on the corner of Sherbrooke and Mountain Streets, the new store will occupy about 2,000 square feet within the historic building".
This increases the already high expectations, as Montrealers are increasingly eager to see the comeback of their landmark hotel, which opened in 1912 and has hosted countless celebs and royalty (Liz Taylor and Richard Burton got married there the first time). A whopping $150 million has been spent in the complete reconstruction of the hotel, which in its new version will have 130 hotel rooms and suites and 46 luxury residential apartments.
Another coup for the Ritz has been the signing of chef Daniel Boulud, one the most powerful restaurateurs in New York (where he owns Daniel, Bar Boulud, DB Bistro Moderne, etc). His Montreal restaurant will be called Maison Boulud (the same name he gave to his Beijing outpost), and will look like this:
According to the site Eater, "Boulud would like the menu at the French fine-dining restaurant to be influenced by Montreal and intends to "focus on local products and purveyors." And it's not his only Canadian project, either: Boulud has said he's "looking closely" at Toronto".
Chef Boulud spent the weekend in Montreal and was interviewed by all the local media. Here is is, posing at the Ritz-Carlton's sales office, holding the old silver service cart that was used at the original restaurant of the hotel: