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Wednesday Resto Roundup

🔻We’ve created a map of Ottawa’s Black-owned restaurants, to help make it easier to support these businesses. We’ll be adding to the map as we hear of more great Black-owned restaurants in the Ottawa area. So, if your favourite isn’t listed, please reply to us at [email protected]

Check out the map here.

🔻We’re intrigued by The King Eddy’s Northern Fried Chicken, with its purported “secret herb and spice recipe.” We love that the restaurant will substitute cauliflower on any NFC meal, at no extra charge.

Dine in at 45 Clarence Street or have it delivered.

🔻Wednesday night is pizza night here at the ottawan Towers, and the Grand Pizzeria’s vegan option sounds delicious: cashews feature in both the sauce and the cheese, and toppings include spinach, red pepper, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, and oregano. Mmm. 74 George Street.

🔻Or you can order pizza for a family in need: Grand Pizzeria (along with Zak’s Diner, Zak’s Cantina, and Metropolitan Brasserie) in partnership with the Lowertown Community Resource Centre has been delivering meals to families housed at a downtown hotel. Organizers are counting on donations to continue the program. [Pay It Forward]

🔻Clocktower Brew Pub’s new range of salads caught our eye the other day, especially the Beets, which sports a tower of beets, greens, goat cheese, and nuts in a bed of arugula, and tossed in a maple balsamic vinaigrette. We’re imagining a zesty mix of sweet and bitter on the tastebuds. Eight locations in Ottawa.

🔻Faces magazine has posted their 12 favourite lounges

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: ⛈️ A few showers. High of 24° 

Number: 3. The number of Ottawa Senators who were one-hit wonders. [Hockey Writers]

Ottawan of the Day:  Carissa Klopoushak, newly appointed as the artistic director of Chamberfest, the world's largest chamber music festival.  [Artsfile]

Quote: “You know, up a little, down a little” – Allan Hubley, chair of the Ottawa Transit Commission, explaining that transit load is staying consistent at around 30 per cent of normal. [Ottawa Matters]


For up-to-date info, view the Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 dashboard

 There have been 2975 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of eight since yesterday, and 267 deaths in Ottawa, an increase of one.

⭕ Here are the procedures that Ottawa and Gatineau are using if a student tests positive for COVID-19. Schools will also have designated rooms for the student to wait until someone picks them up.  [CBC]

⭕ Premier Doug Ford defends Ontario's top medical officer against complaints that Dr. David Williams is a poor communicator and unclear about preventative measures [CBC]

🍁 The Canada COVID Alert App

Be alerted if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Ontario only, sorry Gatineau. 

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▪️Shopify is expanding its Toronto office as it reduces its Ottawa space. Yesterday, we wrote that the local mom and pop business was closing its Elgin Street office but we didn't know then that they would be expanding their space at The Well in Toronto, and have plans to open another office. [Betakit]

▪️Black driver stopped by Ottawa Police for having expired plates on his rental car. The plates weren't expired. The driver videoed the encounter. [Ottawa Citizen]

+ Related Ontario has extended all expired plates indefinitely due to COVID-19

▪️Pot shops are moving into Ottawa's fringes. Arnprior, Renfrew, and Carleton Place all have applications before the Alcohol and Gaming Commission. The Alcohol and Commission of Ontario promises to approve cannabis shop applications faster. [Renfrew Today]

▪️Construction of phase two of the O Train is on schedule, the City was told. Unlike phase one, which was delayed by 16 months, the City has designated people to monitor the contractors and be aware of delays,although even with monitoring, council was surprised to hear that the trains themselves are being built in Brampton rather than Ottawa. [CBC]

▪️A workplace review company has been hired to review the situation at Rideau Hall. Governor General Julie Payette has been accused of tolerating a toxic workplace in her royal mini realm.  [CP24]

▪️The number of men staying at the emergency homeless shelter set up at the Jim Durrell Recreation Centre is fewer than anticipated. Planned for up to 150 men, the centre houses 39. The City will be moving the residents to the smaller Dempsey Community Centre and returning the Jim Durrell to community use. [CBC]

▪️Montréal blog MtlBlog has a list of 12 cool things for Montréalers to do in Ottawa that are not on Parliament Hill. One is have a picnic on Major Hills Park, which, while techically is 'not on Parliament Hill', c'mon. [MtlBlog]


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