July 16, 2015 3:38 pm
Updated: July 16, 2015 3:50 pm

New Esplanade Riel restaurant set to open its doors

Lauren McNabb

WINNIPEG – They’ve added a bar, plan to open a patio, and if it’s rainy outside patrons making the walk to the restaurant in the middle of the Esplanade Riel bridge can call ahead for a ride in a golf cart.

These are just some of the changes the folks at Mon Ami Louis have made, hoping the third time is the charm for a restaurant on the Esplanade Riel.

Mon Ami Louis will open its doors Thursday night for the first of four charitable events it’s hosting as a lead-up to it’s official opening July 22.


“People are like, ‘Oh it can’t happen, three strikes you are out’, there are so many negative comments,” says Chef Luc Jean, “If you listen to those people, you’ll never achieve anything.”

The Salisbury House was the first local restaurant to try and fail at the bridge location.  Chez Sophie was the second.  Both said it was difficult to make ends meet due to the challenging location.

READ MORE: Chez Sophie on the bridge closes its doors

This time around the City of Winnipeg has changed the terms of the lease so the restaurant only has to open from May to September.  It will host special events, like weddings, in the fall and winter.

It has also applied for a permit for a 60-person patio which will run the length of the bridge.

‘It’s going to be the attraction,” said Jean.  “When people see other people sitting outside…enjoying the food, they’ll come in”

Chef Luc Jean of Mon Ami Louis prepares a Tarte Flambe (French Pizza)

Lauren McNabb

Dishes at the  French-themed restaurant range from $5-$17 dollars.  But Chef Luc Jean says its signature item will be its Tarte Flambe. The head chef describes it as a very thin crust pizza, but instead of tomato sauce, it uses a “fromage blanc’ base.

The restaurant will be open seven-days a week from 11 am to midnight.


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