December 9, 2023

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La Banquis was bought by the owners of Ashton Poutineries in Quebec

La Banquis was bought by the owners of Ashton Poutineries in Quebec

Montreal’s famous poutine restaurant La Banquise will change hands to be run by the owners of Ashton Poutineries in Quebec, who promise to “carry on the tradition of excellence” of the popular establishment.

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“You can’t change a winning recipe. Since its inception, La Banquise has stood out with reinvented classics that constantly push the limits of culinary creativity. It was this boldness that attracted us from our first visit,” enthused Jean-Christophe Liret, the new co-owner of La Banquis, in a press release on Tuesday.

The family snack bar, founded in 1968, has announced that it will pass the torch in 2022 to Emilie Adam and Jean-Christophe Liret, two young entrepreneurs with a “passion for poutine” who have already bought the popular Ashton chain, which has 23 branches. Quebec region.

After promising that “La Banquis will remain La Banquis,” the restaurant will be chosen by Annie Barsalou, daughter of founder Pierre Barsalou, she emphasized in a press release.

“It allows us to bow out with peace of mind and it’s very rewarding for us to know that the sustainability of this restaurant is guaranteed,” added Annie Barsalou, who has held the reins since 1994.

A true Montreal institution, the restaurant on Rachel Street was just a small creamery when it opened in 1968, quickly transforming into a 24-hour snack bar a few months later. Poutine became a menu favorite in the 1980s, offering a variety of creative toppings, including potatoes, brown gravy and cheese.

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