Café Titanic
By YP Contributor

Dreaming Big

Patrick Meausette and Rob Hack opened Café Titanic on July 4, 1989, in an Old Montreal that was in full swing. Back then, there weren't a lot of chic cafes in the neighbourhood and the duo saw that there was potential for growth. "We started small. That's where the Titanic name comes from. It reminds you of something huge," says Patrick, who dared to be a trailblazer. He still vividly remembers the café's beginnings with enough space for only 12 seats.

The owners, both originally from British Columbia, met while they were students at McGill University. Patrick was studying politics and Rob was learning Chinese. So why the change of careers? "Where we come from, food was very important," replies Patrick.

The duo travelled widely, particularly in Germany where, for a while, they worked as caterers. It was there that they fell in love with the German take on cafés, with its emphasis on personalized service and sophisticated food. When they returned to Montreal, they acquired a charming little place on Saint-Pierre Street and set out on the Café Titanic adventure.

The idea was to use our parents' recipes and refine it. - Patrick Meausette, co-owner
On the menu at Café Titanic? Antipasto salads and vegetables, the perfect accompaniment to the Café's healthy sandwiches, pastries, soups and quiches.

Setting a Course for Antipasti

Patrick and Rob were also the owners of Le Cluny, a restaurant located in the Darling Foundry that closed in 2012. Since then, the two have focused their efforts on Café Titanic. They purposely kept some of the successful aspects of Le Cluny, beginning with the staff, which according to Patrick, is Café Titanic's best asset. The owners themselves have been a solid duo for years. "We've covered all the walls with pictures of the staff, which gives the café its quirky look," says Patrick proudly. "Our staff is really diverse. We have people from all over and all different groups."

What's on the menu at Café Titanic? Antipasto salads and vegetables, the perfect accompaniment to the café's healthy sandwiches, pastries, soups and quiches. "The idea was to use our parents' recipes and refine it," explains Patrick, who likes to keep things simple. The owners, whose duties range from cooking to taking care of administrative tasks, have also been inspired by their many travels. While many restaurants try to go with the flow, Café Titanic hasn't lost sight of its traditions. As Patrick points out, "People who come here after many years won't find any unpleasant surprises."

The décor at Café Titanic gives the place a warm feel, ideal for a good time.

Well-tested Captains

With their considerable combined experience, Patrick and Rob feel that creating a space for new meetings and gatherings is essential. "We were the first on the block to add communal tables," says Patrick. It gives the place a warm feel, ideal for a good time.

If you are looking for a cozy place in Old Montreal to sit and have a delicious meal, hop aboard Café Titanic and you won't be disappointed.

Café Titanic is located in Old Montreal.
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