Arcade Fire has just announced plans to open up a Haitian-style restaurant in Montreal this summer under the name Agrikol. Partnering with the people behind Toronto’s Rhum Corner, the Black Hoof, and Cocktail Bar, the Canadian indie rockers’ project aims to create a “cultural space.”
The band has always been involved in Haitian culture: frontwoman Régine Chassagne immigrated to Montreal from Haiti, and the band both visited and raised funds for the island nation after the devastating earthquake of 2010.
Arcade Fire faced some controversy surrounding the band’s Reflektor tour in 2013: the unapologetically strict enforcement of a “formal” dress code for concert attendees. Let’s hope the restaurant won’t boast a similar dress code for patrons. On top of the food, Agrikol will offer visual art exhibits and live music.