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Tinc Set's back alley Barcelona-style chicken, wines and churros are getting its own restaurant

Outremont's Spanish wine-forward restaurant Alma in Outremont's been selling rotisserie out of their back alleyway—now they're creating a whole restaurant around the concept.

JP Karwacki
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JP Karwacki

Montreal's about to get a full-on rotisserie chicken spot come January, but Montrealers don't need to wait to taste it; rather, they'll only have more access to it than before.

Roughly one month after Montreal was told that the restaurants and bars it knows and loves would be forced to close, only to offer food for takeout, owners Lindsay Brennan and Juan Lopez Luna of Outremont's Sanish restaurant and wine bar Alma sprang into action.

The result? While most restaurants around town have been jumping on the fried chicken wagon, chef Lopez Luna and Brennan have capitalized on two traditions that Quebeckers hold a bit nearer and dearer to their hearts with a back alleyway rotisserie chicken operation selling curated wines.

According to a report from Eater Montreal, Tinc Set's had been thinking of opening a new restaurant that would be a bit more casual than its predecessor Alma. Having spent all of January in Catalonia—and getting the blessing to use 'Tinc Set' from the winemaker of the Catalan pét-nat's same name, something Brennan imports and sells (among many other wines) through her private import business Vin i Vida—they only paused signing a whole new lease when the pandemic was striking first.

While the city will have to wait to see the new space in January, it doesn't mean Montrealers who haven't eaten Lopez Luna's recipes—or tried Brennan's wine selections of whites, bubblies, reds, macerations and rosés—can't have it now, however: Chicken is still being sold by the half and whole alongside 'small plates' like olives, grilled radishes and octopus conserva, appetizers like roasted carrots with burnt honey and Lopez Luna's spot-on patatas bravas, and some homemade churros you'd be wise to order doubles of.

Tinc Set will open at 1233 Avenue de Lajoie, the site of an old dépanneur that will feed into the owners' design and treatment of the space.

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