‘Feisty Chef’ opens new cafe in downtown Dartmouth, looking to be hit with lunch crowd

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DARTMOUTH - People who frequent downtown Dartmouth have a new place to eat in a familiar part of town after the opening of The Canteen sandwich shop on Monday.

Renée Lavallée poses for a quick photo in-between orders at her new downtown Dartmouth sandwich shop, The Canteen.

Located on Ochterloney Street directly above the popular Two If By Sea Café, Fresh bread baked daily, whole-roasted chickens and local ingredients are only a few of the reasons to stop by and try one of owner Renee Lavallee’s made-to-order munchies.

Lavallee, who does monthly family dinners for TIBS on the lower floor of the building, opened the shop with a desire to bring tasty, local food to her community.

“I live just up the street, I’m already in the building and I already know everybody,” said Lavallee while taking a break from a busy opening day on Monday. “The space was for lease so I decided to rent it.”

Although Lavallee, who is known as ‘Feisty Chef’ in the blogging community, has taken time out of the kitchen since starting a family in the past few years, her flair for creating delicious delicacies has remained intact.

“The menu is going to change daily, weekly, seasonally, all depending on what we can get,” she said.

With a variety of places to eat beginning to pop up all over Dartmouth, Lavallee expects her shop will fill a gap in this new niche.

“There’s sort of a lack of something for people middle aged, two kids, who just want to go eat somewhere easy,” Lavallee said of existing Dartmouth eateries. “(People in) offices can come in quick to grab their lunch and have something that is really tasty and fresh.”

Geographic location: Dartmouth, Ochterloney Street

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