Arcade Fire to open a Haitian restaurant in Montreal
Arcade Fire will open a Haitian restaurant in Montreal this summer, according to a new interview with the band’s Win Butler and Régine Chassagne in the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail. Of course, this being the most epic rock band in the world, the eatery—named Agrikol—won’t be a simple diner.
“It’s more of an art project,” Butler told the Globe and Mail, which also interviewed the restaurauters Roland Jean and Jen Agg who are helping Agrikol get off the ground. “It’s a cultural space. Régine’s family moved to Montreal from Haiti, like a lot of Haitians, and moving to this tundra … you miss the cultural warmth.”
Jean added that the restaurant “will make carnival every day”—in addition to native cuisine, Agrikol will also feature music and visual arts.
Arcade Fire has long had ties to Haiti. The band began fundraising efforts in 2005 and ratched up their campaign after a 2010 earthquake devastated the country. Their most recent album, 2013’s Reflektor, was heavily influenced by Haitian sounds and rhythms.