the ottawan was happy to attend the launch of the SoPa District on Wednesday night. Put aside whatever thoughts you have of acronyming neighbourhoods, in this case South of Parliament, because that's not what moved us.
When is the last time you went out and had a great meal? Like most of you, COVID-19 sent us straight to the couch, enjoying take-out food in paper boxes in front of something streamed. Weeks became months became years.
The SoPa launch brought back what we were missing: human voices, laughter, banter, buzz. Going to a great restaurant is not only about the food but the ineffable common experience of being with other people who are there for pleasure, not sustenance.
Six great restaurants served up tidbits of joy: Aiāna, Thali, North & Navy, Cocotte Bistro, Beckta, and 1 Elgin. Each sample plate a delight.
And a reminder of what we have been missing. The businesses and restaurants of downtown created SoPa as a cry for attention, to let Ottawa know that they are still here.
This is your permission that it’s okay to go out for dinner again. That you need to go out for dinner again. You're welcome.
– Martha and Darren
PS Those gourmands at Ottawa Business Journal took a lot of photos of the night.