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Latina Golden Square Mile

Long-established Mile End grocer opens a second location in the Museum Quarter In this age of big box grocery retail, few if any ind...


Long-established Mile End grocer opens a second location in the Museum Quarter

In this age of big box grocery retail, few if any independent banners have enjoyed the longevity of Latina, the fine Mile End food shop that has known a loyal following since opening its doors in 1960. 

But as with all brands needing to stay relevant to new segments of consumers and increased competition, reinvention was a must. For current owners Josée Chrétien and Bernard Legendre this meant updating and refining the original concept, and then seeking out the perfect little sister.


Well, they’ve found it with the recent opening of Latina Golden Square Mile, downtown across from the MMFA in an area with virtually no competition, and where the shop’s upscale, urban market look and feel integrate perfectly well into the boutique neighborhood of cafés, art galleries, and designer fashion stores. We were on hand at the recent cocktail launch and had a chance to review the wares.

What we found was a well-curated selection from every category one could want; there’s a maturing locker where prime cuts of Black Angus beef are dry-aged, and fresh produce, meats and fish, fine cheeses, specialty items, micro-brewed beers, and select wines are all aesthetically presented and accessibly priced.

While Latina has always made a lot of what they sell, they have a keen understanding of their time-pressed clientele downtown that is reflected in the amount of prepared items on the shelves. A finely catered selection of meals, both fresh and frozen, are prepared by a central kitchen in Mile End and delivered downtown daily. I’m told the duck magret with mangoes and raspberries, the maple pulled pork, and the venison stew are musts.


If all you need is something to complement, then their Gourmet Mason Jar line is where you’ll find homemade Bolognese sauce, clam chowder with saffron, or duck cassoulet. Let’s just say I was taking mental note of everything I’d be back to pick up!

Of course, what would great food be without service and convenience? Well Latina has both covered: drop in mornings for a quick news read and freshly brewed coffee to go from Chicago’s Metropolis Coffee, stop in at lunch for something to bring back to your desk, after the gym for weeknight dinner ideas, or else work with the knowledgeable staff to plan your holiday feast for twenty.


LATINA GOLDEN SQUARE MILE
1434 Sherbrooke St. W. (opposite the Museum of Fine Arts).
Mon. – Fri.: 7am – 9pm
Sat.: 8pm – 8pm
Sun.: 9am – 7pm


D.G.

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