Montrose chef opens another restaurant inside his restaurant

A new Montrose restaurant joins the (apparently growing) list of concepts creating versions of themselves…within themselves.

Much like Memorial Park’s new park-within-a-park, Louie’s opened Thursday inside chef Ryan Lachaine’s restaurant Riel located at 1927 Fairway. The concept offers sandwiches starting at $12 with signature ingredients, including bread handmade by The Kirby Group pastry chef Alyssa Dole.

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The menu includes chicken parmesan, crispy pork and chicken caprese, and classics like the turkey club and Italian sub.

“I like eating food like this,” Lachaine said. “I have a longstanding obsession with sandwiches, and I’ve always wanted to have a sandwich place.”

While Riel’s opens at 5 p.m., Louie’s will only be available as a take-out option from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

“We get to (Riel) every day around 11 a.m. for prep and don’t open until 5 p.m. anyway, and we’ve had a lot of time on our hands these past few months,” Lachaine said. “We figured this was the perfect time to roll it out.”

Louie’s completes Lachaine’s namesake dedications to Louis Riel, a Canadian politician who established his native province of Manitoba.

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