This downtown restaurant will be reborn

This downtown restaurant will be reborn
This downtown restaurant will be reborn

Started in 2003, Café Classyco changed its name to Kalypso in 2019. COVID-19 and inflation, however, took their toll on the restaurant, according to Alexe Trudeau, the last owner in the running, who had to close it last December.

Arnaud Attiave, who was a chef at Café Classyco from 2007 to 2014, is responsible for the relaunch of the restaurant, which will be called Classyco 2.0. He is the nephew of the place’s first owner, Toussaint Attiave.

“I decided to leave because I had a child in shared custody,” he explains. “He was starting primary school and I found it difficult. But two months ago I passed by the restaurant and saw that it was closed. And finally, everything happened one after the other and I decided to go ahead and bring back the same concept. When he sold, my uncle offered to buy it, but I really wasn’t there yet. Today, my son is going to be 14 and it’s easier to manage a restaurant and work there.”

Much like previous iterations, the menu will draw inspiration from the cuisine of Mauritius, Reunion Island and Madagascar.

“There will also be seafood like shrimp, scallops, octopus, squid, oysters and mussels,” said Mr. Attiave, who believes that the bring-your-own-wine formula will facilitate the success of the establishment in these difficult times for restaurants. “There will be sauces from the different islands. It will be the same concept as before.”

The opening is also imminent.

“We’re almost ready,” the new owner summarizes. “We still have to put the menu on our billing system, but we’re supposed to open on July 15. It could maybe stretch out another week, but not more, I think.”

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