As the old adage goes, “When life hands you lemons, make … err … coffee”. If there is a positive element to the current pandemic, it’s that it has caused many of us to be creative and adapt to very different circumstances. That’s what one downtown Montreal bar owner has decided to do.
Natasha Geoffrion-Greenslade is the owner of N sur MacKay, a popular bar that has hosted many a star-studded event, not least of which was this blogger’s sixtieth birthday. Like all bar owners, Natasha was faced with an extended closure due to COVID19. The government of Quebec has maintained its position that bars cannot reopen in red zones such as Montreal.
Rising to the occasion, Natasha set to retro-fitting her popular scotch-lovers bar, turning it into a coffee emporium
However, cafes, under strict restrictions, can open.
Rising to the occasion, Natasha set to retro-fitting her popular scotch-lovers bar, turning it into a coffee emporium. The bottles of fine malts sit untouched on shelves behind the bar. The beer taps are on sabbatical until such time as the government gives the green light to reopen. The addition of an espresso maker has given new life to N Bar, if only until a full reopening is permitted.
“It’s great to see people again, even if they we are all wearing masks,” said Natasha. “Even though they can’t stay inside, just the process of ordering and paying gives me a chance to catch-up with them.”
“Even though they can’t stay inside, just the process of ordering and paying gives me a chance to catch-up with them.”
A number of regulars have been dropping in since the N Cafe opened last week; folks more used to savouring a peaty scotch or dry white wine are now sipping coffee while practising social distancing outside on the sidewalk.
“It’s given me a new routine,” continued Natasha. “Up early to be here for the 8:00 a.m. opening, making sure supplies are in order, it’s a whole lot different from the hours a bar owner usually keeps.”
Bravo Natasha, and I wish you the very best of luck!
N sur Mackay,1244 MacKay, Montreal