With its new brunch attaché of Ruby Café, Doggieville MTL is quickly becoming the place for dog-owning Montrealers to see and be seen.
At first glance, founder Tatiana Custode’s canine complex inside a Sud-Ouest heritage building looks like it has it all: There’s a considerable amount of amenities to supplement the dog hotel — grooming and pampering services, retail for food and accessories, fitness facilities like a 4,200-square-foot indoor park and swimming pool. And the project, which opens Thursday, looks to give owners a taste of luxury.
Named after Custode’s own dog, Ruby Café is a pooch-friendly, brunch-forward café near the Lachine Canal where dog owners can grab a meal and coffee. Focusing on takeout for now, the café’s 50 seats inside and 40-seat terrasse will open for indoor and outdoor dining once COVID-19 health regulations allow.
“It’s a complimentary, pet-friendly restaurant,” says restaurant manager Fidel Vasquez. “Dogs will need to stay on a leash while they’re indoors, but we’ll be selling some doggie snacks and will give out free ice cream for them.”
From the time Doggieville had been renovated and built to the time the café finally opens its doors, Vasquez says that the project has been four years in the making.
“I know Tatiana from 10 years back, when I first arrived in Canada,” he says. “When she saw my mixology work at India Rosa, she asked me for help with getting this new project up and running.”
As a partner in the mixology company Liquid Chefs, Vasquez is ready to go with a substantial cocktail menu, but that will need to wait until patrons and pooches alike can be seated. Once they can, bottomless mimosas will be up for grabs alongside a menu from seasoned brunch chef Arnaud Glay, known for his work at Passé Composé in the Village. For now, things will be kept small, but will expand as time moves on: There are smoothies and coffee up for grabs, and mains like tartines, smoked salmon bagels, poached eggs with brioche, and more — each for under $20 apiece.
Having opened a Peruvian street food-forward restaurant in the Plateau just last week, Vasquez says he’s excited after a rushed week and ready to keep going. “We’ve been locked down for the first three months of this year, and I wasn’t doing much, and that’s enough time to rest for me,” he says.
AT A GLANCE
Ruby Café opens May 20 at 3824 Saint-Patrick St. The café will operate from Thursday to Monday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. instagram.com/rubycafemtl
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