Le Monkey Bar

May 17, 2017

New kiosk offers healthy treats for all ages

Summer is fast approaching, and so is the time for Esplanade Riel to open its seasonal kiosks, including a new venture of two young entrepreneurs. Muriel Dupuis and Rahim Limam are eager to open their Monkey Bar kiosk, which began serving its products on May 15, and will officially open for business on May 27, celebrating its Grand Opening with music, activities and more on Provencher Bridge.

  Riham Limam and Muriel Dupuis

For Muriel Dupuis, it’s a dream finally come true. "I've always wanted to work in an area related to food or entrepreneurship. Having the opportunity to run this kiosk is a way to combine these two passions."

The business doesn't monkey around when it come to its product line, featuring fruit-based products with no added sugar. "When they hear "kiosk," most people think of sugary ice cream and drinks," says Rahim Limam. "We wanted to do something original and innovative." The two budding entrepreneurs looked for wholesome alternatives to traditional desserts in order to offer fresh, healthy and nutritional choices. The menu includes dairy-free smoothies and "polar bananas": frozen bananas dipped in chocolate and rolled in a variety of delicious garnishes.

"We want to combat junk food," says Rahim Limam. "Kids usually want dessert, and it's hard to give them something healthy with so few options available on the market. We offer an alterative for people craving something other than sugar-laden treats."

Muriel Dupuis and Rahim Limam are both second-year Business Administration students at Université de Saint-Boniface (USB). The active and committed pair have worked together on other projects, including one with the Canadian Red Cross. Monkey Bar, their latest venture, is also an opportunity for them to learn new aspects of running a business. "Together, we are learning about everything involved in starting a business, such as accounting and supplier relations," adds Muriel Dupuis. "We're discovering so much!"

To help the young entrepreneurs, CDEM offered them a $1,000 grant under its Été en affaires summer business program. Entreprises Riel is also renting them a kiosk for the summer at a reasonable price, and USB is supporting them with its expertise.

Monkey Bar will be open all summer, Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. With kid-friendly sizes, Monkey Bar's fresh products will appeal to bridge traffic of all ages. "All that's left is to put out the OPEN sign. We can hardly wait!"