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If College Street is starting to feel more like Paris’ left bank than Little Italy, it’s in no small part thanks to Pompette. Opened last year, the French restaurant is now expanding with nearby Bar Pompette.
Opened in May 2020 -- in a modern, simple space that exudes warmth and a casual yet elegant feel-- Pompette has survived the city’s myriad lockdowns through takeout and a brief spell of approved, socially distanced patio and indoor dining. Owned and operated by husband and wife team Jonathan and Martine Bauer, along with mixologist Maxime Hoerth, Pompette has garnered a devoted following despite its trying first year. Chef Martine Bauer’s modern, bright approach to French cuisine is a perfect match for sommelier Jonathan Bauer’s international cellar. Elegant cocktails, mixed by Hoerth and bartender Hugo Togni, combine classic recipes with contemporary ingredients.
Located steps away at 607 College St., Bar Pompette, formerly The Walton (RIP), will be the team’s second spot. “The drinks and the food will be simple in approach, yet elegant and surprising, with a French touch,” says co-owner Togni. With a plan to open from 11 a.m. until late, the team will offer early customers a mixture of specialty coffees and non-alcoholic cocktails along with house-made cakes, pastries, bread, jams and more.
After 5 p.m., the cocktail bar menu will take over. “In terms of food,” says Togni, “we will offer a selection of homemade snacks designed to be shared and easy to eat -- a selection of cheeses and charcuterie, croque monsieur, etc. -- to complement the drinks program.”
Envisioned as a friendly neighbourhood spot where people can relax at any time of day, Bar Pompette and its hidden patio will be a perfect complement to its slightly more swish sister restaurant.
Barring any hiccups or further lockdowns, Bar Pompette is scheduled to open in late May or early June.