Montrealers are finding it easier to find cheaper dining options on the menu thanks to a new restaurant catering to the Canadian middle class.
The new restaurant, Layla’s Delicacy, opens in the city’s north end this week.
The restaurant is based on the concept of Layla, a Canadian grandmother who makes all the decisions for her family.
“She doesn’t just make everything, she makes everything at home,” said Renee MacLean, Laylas owner and chef.
“It’s a little bit like the middle class in America where you have all the power, and the power is divided.
It’s really nice to see the middle in Canada.”
MacLean opened her first restaurant in Toronto in 2014 and has since expanded to Montreal.
Her family owns a small family business in the Montreal area.
The family of three is also known for having a strong sense of family, as well as their devotion to family cooking.
MacLean said Layla is a woman who knows how to cook, but she also knows how important family cooking is for a woman to maintain her health.
“She’s been doing this for 35 years,” MacLean said.
“Her family was very supportive and she’s a very close-knit family, and she is a very generous person.
She doesn’t like to get rid of the things that make her happy, she likes to have them, so they’re always there for her.
Her husband is also a chef, but his focus is on his family.”
Maclean’s family is part of a new generation of Canadian restaurants that cater to middle-class tastes.
Restaurants like La Carre and Layla are growing rapidly.
In Montreal, the new Layla restaurant has been serving up a family-friendly meal that’s also very affordable.
It’s not just for the middle-of-the-road palate, but also for the young people who are coming out of the suburbs, said MacLean.
“I think it’s the new middle class coming into Montreal that we’re seeing here.”
MacLeod said the new restaurant has opened in a small space in the north end of Montreal.
The menu will include traditional dishes like the roast chicken and the lobster roll, which can be had for as little as $16, but the menu also has more upscale options.
MacLeod is hoping to expand the restaurant in other areas of the city to expand its menu.
She said Laylas will be able to serve a large crowd with a simple menu.
“We’re trying to get our restaurants to cater to a more upscale clientele,” she said.
MacLean’s business partner, Marlene Gagnon, said they were inspired by the idea of a grandmother cooking all the meals for her kids.
“We love to cook for our children, but I’m a grandmother too,” said Gagnan, who is also the owner of the popular La Carreta in Montreal’s south end.
“She really cares about her kids.”
MacGagnon said they also want to cater for women who have children in their family.
“You can’t just cook for a group of people,” said MacGagnan.
“That’s not what we do, so we’re trying very hard to make Layla a great restaurant for women.”
MacGagagnon is also working with a couple of other restaurateurs to launch restaurants in the area, including her father, who also owns La Carres.
La Carre, which opened in the early 1980s, has become a staple in the restaurant scene in Montreal.
MacGagson said Layls Delicacies menu will be a lot more family-centric than the previous restaurant.
“The family is very important to me,” she told CBC Montreal.
“If I want to make a change, it’s important for me to get the support of my wife and my kids, and also the support from my dad.”
MacGuagnon also hopes to offer a menu that is not just a mix of regional dishes, but includes French dishes from Montreal.
McGuagnons father is also hoping to open a restaurant in the east end of the capital to cater specifically to middle class Montrealers.