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Old Posted Dec 18, 2017, 4:11 PM
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I don't know what it is with the Canadian KFC (maybe the oil or something??), but I find the quality of the product to be MUCH superior outside Canada... i.e. in the US especially, the pieces are simply bigger, juicer and crispier than what we get here.

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That's true for a lot of fast food chains here in Canada unfortunately

Domino's in Europe, for example, completely destroys Domino's here in Canada, the difference in quality is night and day.
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Preston Street restaurant, Salt, closes

Vito Pilieci, Ottawa Citizen
Published on: January 10, 2018 | Last Updated: January 10, 2018 5:03 PM EST


Another high-profile Ottawa eatery quietly closed its doors in late December, leaving staff with little notice that it would be ceasing operations.

Salt restaurant located at 345 Preston Street sent notices to its employees on Dec. 27 that the business wouldn’t be open any longer. According to employees affected, the owners made the decision to focus on other business opportunities. Employees were paid out remaining wages and vacation entitlements.

Salt opened as a key tenant in the Preston Square building in summer 2014.

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A list of the top 100 restaurants in Canada has been getting media coverage today.

https://globalnews.ca/news/4139923/c...ants-revealed/

Ottawa ones are:

40. Atelier – Ottawa, Ont.
54. Riviera – Ottawa, Ont.
62. Fairouz (tied) – Ottawa, Ont.
74. North & Navy – Ottawa, Ont.
91. Stofa – Ottawa, Ont.
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Old Posted Jun 29, 2018, 4:19 PM
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Big Daddy's returns to Elgin Street area with new home at Cartier Place Suite Hotel
Restaurant hosts grand opening party for friends and family, ribbon-cutting ceremony with mayor

By: Caroline Phillips, OBJ
Published: Jun 26, 2018 1:59pm EDT


Big Daddy’s is back and, when you have a name that suggests such largeness, only a massive pair of scissors would do for its ribbon cutting at Monday's festive grand opening party.

The restaurant has returned to its old Elgin Street-area stomping grounds, taking over the dining space inside the Cartier Place Suite Hotel at 180 Cooper St. The celebrations stretched from late afternoon until well into the evening as party guests were treated to some New Orleans-style cooking, including Creole chicken, bacon-wrapped scallops, coconut shrimp, andouille sausage and sweet beignets, all washed down with alcoholic beverages.

Big Daddy Bourbon Street Bistro takes over the space previously filled by fine Italian dining restaurant Cafe Mezzaluna.

There used to be a Big Daddy's Crab Shack & Oyster Bar until it shut down its Elgin Street location in February 2012. It had been a favourite haunt of Markus Kosmos, one of the new owners, as well as Heidi Webster, who is the general manager and owner of Cartier Place Suite Hotel.

“This is the reason it’s back, we were such big fans of it — we love Big Daddy’s,” said Kosmos, who joked about the thousands of dollars in parking tickets that accumulated over the years while he was enjoying himself at Big Daddy's. He wasn’t one to drive around in circles, searching for a vacant spot to leave his car in the Elgin Street district, which is heavy with bars and restaurants. “I’m just hoping to get back some of the money that I spent there in the '90s.”

Good news: there's free parking for customers at the hotel (subject to availability.)

Webster and Kosmos both grew up in family businesses. Kosmos is the son of retired CFL player Mark Kosmos, who also co-founded the Local Heroes restaurant chain, while Webster is the daughter of architect Hans Stutz. He built the Cartier Place hotel, as well as designed the Queensway Carleton Hospital and Nepean Sportsplex.

Webster has been running Cartier Suites since 1989. Her son, Glenn Webster, 28, is the operations manager.

As for the construction work that’s going to hit Elgin Street next year, through to 2020, the pair remains optimistic that customers will still come, whether on foot or by car.

“We don’t think Elgin Street is going to shut down; it’s still going to still be lively here,” said Webster, while adding that management will be bringing back such popular Big Daddy traditions as Thursday happy hour.

Kosmos expressed his gratitude toward his friend, Whit Tucker, who dropped into the party earlier. The Ottawa businessman and retired Rough Riders player was part of the launch of the original Big Daddy's. A second location in Ottawa, at Fisher and Baseline, closed in July 2013 while the locations in Mississauga and Toronto are also gone.

“If it wasn’t for Whit Tucker, we wouldn’t have gotten the name,” said Kosmos, who also owns the High Fives Sports Pub in the Best Western in Bells Corners.

Attendees included Mayor Jim Watson, along with Councillors Tim Tierney and Allan Hubley in Mardi Gras party hats (that’s the spirit!). Steve Ball, president of the Ottawa Gatineau Hotel Association, was among the guests.

The mayor presented a framed letter of congratulations from city council to Webster, Kosmos and his business partners, Chef Will Waterfield and Trevor Ford, before cutting the ribbon.

“The city is on a roll,” said Watson of the coming-soon light-rail transit, the stunning new Ottawa Art Gallery and the Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards that's still fairly new to the scene. “It’s a great time to invest in our city.”

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Preston Street restaurant, Salt, closes
A sign on the door indicates Pure Kitchen will soon occupy this space.
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That space must be cursed. No business is successful on that corner. This is going to be the fourth restaurant in that space?
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That space must be cursed. No business is successful on that corner. This is going to be the fourth restaurant in that space?
I walk by Pure Kitchen on Richmond Rd in Westboro almost everyday, and the place is always packed or very busy... at any time of day. They seem to be filling a much needed niche so lets watch on...
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I believe a Pure Kitchen is also opening in the Signature Centre in Kanata (Terry Fox & Campeau)
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Acclaimed young chef to close her restaurant, the Beechwood Gastropub, at the end of August

Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen
Updated: August 9, 2018


The Beechwood Gastropub in Vanier is to close at the end of August, with its much-respected young chef-owner Harriet Clunie citing insufficient revenue and her exhaustion as two of several reasons for the closure.

“I’m at a level of burnout that’s unlike anything else I’ve ever experienced,” Clunie, 33, said in an interview this week, explaining that her business, which she has owned for a little more than a year-and-a-half, had “perpetually been short-staffed.”

The closure means that Clunie has had to withdraw from this fall’s Gold Medal Plates competition in Ottawa after being invited to take part for the first time in the prestigious annual event.
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“I had to back out. That was a really hard decision,” said Clunie, who in past years had assisted other chef-competitors at the annual culinary fundraiser for Canada’s Olympians.

A young veteran of Ottawa’s restaurant scene, Clunie cooked at Navarra, Das Lokal and the Elmdale Oyster House and Tavern before taking over the Beechwood Gastropub’s kitchen in February 2016. The restaurant was opened in late 2014 by restaurateur André Cloutier. In March 2017, Cloutier sold the business and Clunie became an 80-per-cent owner.

“I don’t regret it,” Clunie said. “It was an opportunity that fell into my lap. It seemed to make sense at the time.”

But she added that, as a first-time business owner, she likely made a batch of mistakes. When she took over, she should have closed the restaurant for a month to become better organized, she said. She should have been more active in promoting her restaurant on social media, she added.

The gastropub won over some “wonderful regulars, but it just wasn’t quite enough,” Clunie said. She even put her business up for sale last December, but later took it off the market when she grew more optimistic. In late April, it was announced that Clunie would compete in the Gold Medal Plates competition, which is to take place at Oct. 11 at the Shaw Centre.

However, this spring and summer did not bring the boost in business that Clunie had hoped for. Great weather drew people to cottages instead of dining rooms, she said. People are opting to use restaurant delivery services rather than dine out, she added. Rising food costs and Ontario’s increased minimum wage contributed further pressures. “I’m not alone in saying this has really been a hard year,” Clunie said.

There will be no farewell dinner to mark the restaurant’s closing, Clunie said. However, whatever food is left will be donated to Ottawa-area shelters.

She hopes that her business, which is at the address of the previous well-regarded restaurants Farb’s Kitchen and Zingaro, can be sold in September as a turnkey operation. Clunie said she has received offers to cook this fall in Ottawa kitchens, but she will first take some time off. “I’m a bit of a wreck.”

Clunie remains proud of the food that the restaurant turned out, and was pleased to have participated in fundraising events. “We’ve done a lot of good,” she said.

“It’s not all doom and gloom. I learned a lot. It’s only going to make me a stronger chef.”

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Old Posted Aug 11, 2018, 3:36 AM
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Chef René Rodriguez leaves Orto Trattoria, will helm new French restaurant on Elgin

Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen
Updated: August 10, 2018


Veteran Ottawa chef René Rodriguez’s Italian cooking phase has ended. This fall, he’ll turn his attention to French fare.

Rodriguez said Friday that he has left the kitchen at Orto Trattoria in the Glebe, which opened last fall. Promoted to become Orto’s chef was sous-chef Razmon Poisson. Pastry chef Marie Ford also remains at Orto.

Rodriguez said that he will be the chef at a new modern French restaurant that is to open this fall on Elgin Street where Oz Kafe had been. He is currently cooking at Common Eatery on Elgin Street, whose owners will open that French restaurant just up the street.

Rodriguez, who is in his mid-40s, gained national recognition when he won the title of Top Chef Canada on the 2014 season of that Food Network Canada TV show. Last year, Rodriguez appeared on the U.S. Food Network show Beat Bobby Flay, where he prevailed against the U.S. mega-star chef.

After cooking at many of Ottawa’s leading restaurants during the 2000s, Rodriguez in 2008 opened his own restaurant Navarra, an acclaimed Murray Street restaurant that nodded to his Mexican roots. Navarra, where Poisson and Ford worked with Rodriguez, closed in the spring of 2017.

This fall, Rodriguez will also be the chef for Récolte, the dinner4four.ca pop-up. In late September and through October, that venture will offer outdoor dining in heated “garden domes” at Terrace on the Canal on Colonel By Drive near the University of Ottawa. Rodriguez will serve four-course meals centred around meat, seafood or vegan options.

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There is a place in Elmira called Crossroads. It has a breakfast and lunch buffet, soup and salad bar and the food is all home cooked classic Mennonite dinners! (Rice, potatoes, turkey, stuffing, sausages, pasta, best bakeware and so much more) there’s also a dessert buffet that offers about 15 different home made pies! So delicious and affordable!

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There is a place in Elmira called Crossroads. It has a breakfast and lunch buffet, soup and salad bar and the food is all home cooked classic Mennonite dinners! (Rice, potatoes, turkey, stuffing, sausages, pasta, and so much more) there’s also a dessert buffet that offers about 15 different home made pies! So delicious and affordable!
Classic Waterloo County schmecky smorg - eat yourself full! Very popular with the seniors.
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I can recommend Eldon's, which opened a while back in the Glebe. Just a half dozen tables - the emphasis is on local, quality, and fresh. The menu changes frequently. The chicken and dumplings is terrific!

https://www.eldons.ca/
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The former Hintonburger, former KFC is being turned into a Domino's? Could be a sign of more chains coming to Hintonburg / Westboro?
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Looked at the last few months of building permits...

Occo Kitchen coming to Albert and Bay Suite Hotel
Copper Branch coming to Constitution Square https://copperbranch.ca/
House of Pizza coming to 160 Richmond Road (displaced by Western LRT)
Back to Brooklyn Restaurant coming to 81 Clarence
Domino's coming to 265 Laurier E (Viner student residence), 1096 Wellington St W (former Hintonburger), and 4100 Standherd
Good Eats @ 473 Albert
Bangkok Buri coming to Kanata Centrum (Toronto Khao San Road fast food spinoff https://bangkokburi.com/about/)
Happy Goat @ 400 Cumberland
Ministry of Coffee @ 18 Beechwood (Beechwood Gastropub building)
McDonalds coming to the Cabella's Plaza
Montana's and Burrito Gringo coming to Trinity Common (Barrhaven Costco)
Mucho Burrito @ 6081 Hazeldean
Little Caesar's at 831 March Road
Da Hong Pao Noodle House @ 174 Colonnade
Benny & Co at 5671 Hazeldean https://www.benny-co.com/en/
Morning Owl at 219 Laurier W
Popeye's at 449 Hazeldean
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Looked at the last few months of building permits...

Occo Kitchen coming to Albert and Bay Suite Hotel
Copper Branch coming to Constitution Square https://copperbranch.ca/
House of Pizza coming to 160 Richmond Road (displaced by Western LRT)
Back to Brooklyn Restaurant coming to 81 Clarence
Domino's coming to 265 Laurier E (Viner student residence), 1096 Wellington St W (former Hintonburger), and 4100 Standherd
Good Eats @ 473 Albert
Bangkok Buri coming to Kanata Centrum (Toronto Khao San Road fast food spinoff https://bangkokburi.com/about/)
Happy Goat @ 400 Cumberland
Ministry of Coffee @ 18 Beechwood (Beechwood Gastropub building)
McDonalds coming to the Cabella's Plaza
Montana's and Burrito Gringo coming to Trinity Common (Barrhaven Costco)
Mucho Burrito @ 6081 Hazeldean
Little Caesar's at 831 March Road
Da Hong Pao Noodle House @ 174 Colonnade
Benny & Co at 5671 Hazeldean https://www.benny-co.com/en/
Morning Owl at 219 Laurier W
Popeye's at 449 Hazeldean
wowza! where did you get all this info from???
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Chatime is opening a new location at the corner of Dalhousie & Rideau (in the old Cash4You/Tropicks location at 377 Dalhousie). Hopefully this will alleviate the lines at their current location at Somerset & Bronson. They could probably open another on Bank or Elgin and do just fine...
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wowza! where did you get all this info from???
The City posts their building permits issued each month...lots of good info in there
http://data.ottawa.ca/dataset/constr...ermits-monthly
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Pomeroy House has closed...
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Glebe restaurant Pomeroy House shuts doors after three years

Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen
Updated: August 29, 2018


A Glebe restaurant that drew raves when it opened three years ago has closed, saying it couldn’t attract enough diners to stay in business.

The Pomeroy House was at 749 Bank Street near First Avenue.

“We all tried so hard, and yet we were not able to fill the needs of this wonderful community,” it says an announcement on the restaurant’s website.

“Exactly three years ago we opened this beautiful restaurant. We had some successes, cherished guests, delightful parties, and the response was overwhelmingly positive in regards to food, atmosphere and service. The harsh facts are simply that we didn’t serve enough of you.”

Its Facebook page still carries the menus. Roast duck featured Brussels sprouts, cippolini, turnips, beets, hazelnut butter and spicy lime. Albacore tuna appeared with fingerling potato, oyster mushroom, pickled red onion, hemp, spinach and gribiche.

Our food reviewer, Peter Hum, gave the restaurant top marks soon after it opened, starting with a different version of duck.

“Pomeroy’s chef and co-owner Rich Wilson, formerly the sous chef at Beckta Dining and Wine, had taken the bistro staple and made it sparkle. The duck’s taste and texture were just as it should be, while creamed corn, kale, spiced walnuts and slices of apple made the dish beautiful and doubly delicious,” he wrote.

“That duck of one’s dreams was no fluke. Over my two visits to Pomeroy House, many dishes were deeply satisfying and even the betters of similar dishes in Ottawa …

“Meanwhile, the room’s classy but relaxed vibe and its servers’ exceptional attention have made for special nights out …

“Whatever they’re doing, they should keep at it, because what they do vaults Pomeroy House onto my very short list of Ottawa’s top new restaurants.”

The restaurant’s farewell announcement thanks its staff, customers and suppliers.

“Our amazing staff were the backbone of the concept … ever smiling, so knowledgeable of the wines, full of pairing suggestions, so proud of the foods they cooked & served, and fully engaged in the community. For that, and so much more we thank them, we commend them, we applaud them…along with the suppliers, the farmers, the brewers, the delivery people, the neighbors, and the competitors!!

“As for Lindsay (Gordon) and Rich, they did their best to make PH successful … her graceful elegance, his culinary skills, they will be present in Ottawa for many years to come I know!”

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