The Story

Since 1980, devotees have watched the passing seasons through the glass facade of l’Express, housed discretely in a row of greystones on Montreal’s rue Saint-Denis. The dream of theatre-lovers Colette Brossoit and Pierre Villeneuve, brought to life by architect Luc Laporte, its mirrored dining room and bright solarium remain refuge to the artists and businesspeople who long ago recognized its utility as a place for gathering or solitary reflection. Servers still glide among its tables with a shared sense of purpose: to preserve the founder’s insistence on quality and professionalism.