Don't get me wrong, it was still one of the better meal we have had in Ottawa, however, the expectations were way high.
151 Second Ave
As we now know, that was not meant to be.The executive chef/owner Ian Perreault is now manning the kitchen at Halte Urbaine and said that he did not intend to open a new venue for the foreseeable future.
Now, this is not the first time for Ian: he went through two other restaurant closure before. Provided that the size of his restaurant (40 seats) was not so atypical and that it seemed to be reasonnably full, I would question M. Perreault's abilities as a manager. Maybe he should stick to the chef-ing and partner with someone with some business background for management. Hey, maybe someone with an MBA from Queen's University? (Ian, if interested, my phone number is (613) 736.... :-)But seriously, after Les Chevres', Anise's, and now Area's closure, it does seem like the Montreal high-end restaurant business is tightenning up.