Tapas, cocktails and deserts are on the menu at Alexandria’s newest dining venue.

The site of the old Meloche & Sabourin Meat Market which was the town’s local meat shop from 1904-2000, has been transformed into a modern gastropub.  The building which was vacant for 18 years was bought by local couple Michelle Daprato and Serge Bellefeuille in June 2018 and opened for business on July 26, 2019.

“Having worked as an administrative assistant and insurance broker for years, it was always a dream of mine to open a restaurant type of business,” said owner Michelle Daprato.

“I had a taste for the industry when I owned a coffee shop in Alexandria years ago and my passion for it has only grown since,” said Daprato.

A skilled contractor by trade, Mr. Bellefeuille and his wife Michelle poured their own blood, sweat and tears into converting the old meat market into a jazz-filled, chic little night spot. “Since there are many lunch options in town, we wanted to provide a unique dining alternative perfect for a date night or an evening out with friends,” said Daprato.   I guess one could say it is like having a “night on the town” without having to leave town!

The establishment which serves 12 inside and a dozen more on the terrace is a reflection of the meaning of its name.  La Buvette, also known as “small drinking place”, du marché, in memory of the original market and Gastropub meaning “high-end pub food and drinks,” is sure to attract locals and city folks alike.

“When you walk through the door, it’s like you step into the city while you’re still in the country,” said Daprato.

The Gastropub located at 17 Main St. North is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will be opening at 2:30 p.m. in the coming weeks.  Due to limited seating, reservations are encouraged by calling 613.642.8272.