What's new on your plate? A selection of upcoming Ottawa restaurants
These are the places due to open in late 2012 or early 2013 that are creating buzz in Ottawa:
Gezellig: Stephen Beckta wowed Ottawa diners back in 2003 with fine-dining Beckta, then introduced an upscale small plate outlet called Play Food & Wine in 2009. Gezellig – opening in late October – is the third jewel in the crown. Named for a Dutch word loosely translated as “comforting” and “cosy,” the new place will become a destination in the gentrifying Westboro neighbourhood.
Real Sports: Sports lovers are in heaven at Real Sports. With 99 TVs, including one that is almost two storeys high, you’ll never miss a play. Each booth has a controllable TV, some have draft beer dispensers and the venue offers 195 cocktails.
Supply and Demand Foods and Raw Bar: Chef Steve Wall (late of Whalesbone Oyster House, town and Luxe) plans a fresh seafood place in the Wellington West neighbourhood in early 2013.
Also watch out for two former chefs of Restaurant e18hteen opening new places: Matthew Carmichael opening a diner-inspired place on Elgin Street; John Leung looking to open a fish and seafood place in the Hintonburg neighbourhood in the west end. And Jon Svazas (formerly of Domus Café among others) will soon open Fauna on Bank Street downtown.
Beyond the Pale: The craft brewing scene in Ottawa continues to explode, with newcomer Beyond the Pale to launch its nanobrewery in a small space in Hintonburg. The summer of 2012 saw Cassel Brewery open in Casselman, Ontario (about a half-hour’s drive east of downtown Ottawa).
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