Taverne Gaspar: An exciting new destination on rue de la Commune

Sep 12, 2011, 08:30 ET from Groupe Antonopoulos

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MONTREAL, Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - The Antonopoulos Group is pleased to announce the opening of a new restaurant in Old Montreal, the Taverne Gaspar. Adding to the Group's many establishments in the neighbourhood, the Taverne Gaspar will overlook the rue de la Commune and the St-Lawrence River, right next to the Auberge du Vieux-Port.

At the helm, Zach Suhl, former owner of Brunoise Restaurant and Brasserie and Chef Mario Guerrera, formerly executive chef of the W Hotel and sous-chef of Cube Restaurant. The Chef will offer accessible and comfort cuisine inspired by British gastropubs with French and Quebecois accents. Among the house specialties, a trio of savoury tarts, scallops with pork belly and spatchcock Cornish hen, in addition to the "Daily Special" menu offering traditional dishes. Local beers on tap will be featured, including the Gaspar house beer, a Montreal lager prepared by the brewers of MTL Premium Lager. In addition, classic and creative cocktails, a wide selection of spirits, and a carefully selected wine list, will be offered.

With authenticity and conviviality in mind, the design of the tavern has been entrusted to Camdi Design. Raw materials, oak tables and woodwork, copper accents, antique mirrors and fixtures all perfectly complement the stone walls and the original cachet of the room, nestled in an old 19th century warehouse. The long bar made of old joists and beams salvaged during the structural work is crowned by a copper counter and completed by a raw bar where one can sit and watch the shucker prepare oyster and seafood platters. An eclectic background music mix of indie, classic, blues and folk rock will complete the Taverne experience. The tavern's seating capacity will be 120, and in the summer season will overflow with an additional 60 on a terrace on the rue de la Commune. It will also have a room accommodating up to 60 people, available to patrons for the organization of private events.

For the Antonopoulos Group, the opening of the Taverne Gaspar also represents another initiative supporting the development of Old Montreal. "Following the success of Méchant Boeuf Bar-Brasserie in the neighbourhood, we are very proud to create a new local destination on rue de la Commune. We hope thus to contribute to the year-round revitalization of this important artery which provides access to the river for all Montrealers, and help it join the ranks of other world-famous waterfront boulevards and promenades," said Dimitri Antonopoulos, the Vice President of Marketing and Development of the Antonopoulos Group.

For more information, please visit: www.tavernegaspar.com

About the Antonopoulos Group

Since arriving in Canada more than 30 years ago from their native Greece, brothers Tony and Costa Antonopoulos have built a portfolio of elegant restaurants and boutique hotels in the historic district of Old Montreal. Their consistent delivery of outstanding client services has raised the bar on hospitality industry standards. Notable recipient of Tourism Montreal's prestigious Grand Ulysse prize in March 2007 and of the hotel industry's 2008 Pinnacle Award - Regional Company of the Year, the Antonopoulos family was recognized many times for its exceptional contribution to the development of regional tourism. Hotel Nelligan and the Place d'Armes Hôtel & Suites are ranked among the best: placing first and second, respectively, in world destinations with the best overall value and also at the top of the North American list of award winners for hotels at $250 or less per night, according to the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine (as part of the annual World's Best Hotel Values 2010 survey). Moreover, the Place d'Armes Hôtel & Suites received an official recognition by Conde Nast 2010 Readers' choice Awards as one of the top 30 Hotels in Canada.

The Antonopoulos Group operations employ more than 600 people, and hotel, bar, restaurant and spa holdings include: Auberge du Vieux Port, Narcisse Bistro + Bar à vin, Terrasse de l'Auberge du Vieux-Port, Lofts du Vieux-Port, Hotel Nelligan, Verses Restaurant, Méchant Bœuf Bar & Brasserie, Terrasse Nelligan, Le Place d'Armes Hôtel & Suites, Aix Cuisine du Terroir, Suite 701, Rainspa, Terrasse 701, Le Petit Hôtel, Galianos, Modavie Restaurant Wine Bar and Vieux-Port Steakhouse.

SOURCE Groupe Antonopoulos

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