As part of our celebration of Best Restaurants, our judges selected a spot that had a great plan to deal with the pandemic
By Katrina Turchin | March 8, 2022
As part of our celebration of Best Restaurants, our judges selected a spot that had a great plan to deal with the pandemic. The “pandemic pivot” was slated to be a category in our issue, but, as we read the tea leaves, we recognized that many of the restrictions would be eased or even lifted by the time the issue ran. But, in the case of Tiramisu Bistro, some of the changes that were made during the height of COVID-19 restrictions will last. And, so, this still deserves to be highlighted.
Tiramisu Bistro is a little piece of Europe in the heart of the Westmount neighbourhood. Like many businesses, the restaurant was forced to take a step back during the pandemic and evaluate its business model.
What owner Seble Isaac came up with was an idea to make the corner restaurant more than a place with great food. Seble created the Lift Me Up Market in 2020 — in a space that was formerly a private dining room. The market continues to grow and features a wide selection of treats including tarts, cinnamon buns, pastries, fresh bread and goods imported from Italy.