Popular closure of ByWard Market pub after 18 years

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OTTAWA –
As restaurant and bar patios prepare to reopen on Friday, a popular ByWard Market pub closes for good. The Highlander Pub on Rideau Street has announced that it will close after 18 years.

“We would like to thank all of our patrons for all of your support for almost two decades,” said the Highlander Pub in a message on Twitter.

“We made the very difficult decision to close the Highlander Pub on Rideau Street after 18 years. We really enjoyed every meeting, scotch tasting and story you shared with us. ”

The owners of the Highlander Pub say that the COVID-19 pandemic and the construction of this summer are the latest in a long line of problems they have had to overcome.

“This is the result of what I would consider the perfect storm,” said Ken Goodhue, operational partner of the Highlander Pub, noting that the expansion of the Rideau Center, the construction of light rail and the abyss on the street. Rideau have had an impact on business in the past five years.

“We reopened in 2019 and the difference was day and night. Suddenly, the coronavirus arrived. ”

Goodhue says with the COVID-19 restrictions and construction on Rideau Street and William Street this summer, “We have been looking at it and we cannot afford to maintain the premises for an extended period of time with little or no income. ”

“It was an easy decision to make; it was not particularly happy. ”

Tucker’s Marketplace Closes

CTV News Ottawa has learned that the Tucker Market on York Street is also closing.

Councilor Mathieu Fleury confirms that the popular buffet restaurant will remain closed as the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

On Tuesday, the SmoQue Shack on Clarence Street announced its closure after nearly nine years.

Co-owner Tyler Aldercotte told CTVNewsOttawa.ca that they had been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and had the opportunity to exit their current lease on York Street.

Speaking on CTV Morning Live on Thursday morning, Councilor Fleury said he had heard that some restaurants and bars would not reopen until the pandemic restrictions were relaxed.

“Some will be able to open on Friday, unfortunately in the current situation, some will not be,” said Fleury.

“As you know, the ByWard Market is inundated with locals and tourists at this time of year. Although the premises will be there this summer, part of the clientele will be missing in 2020. ”

In May Stoneface Dolly announced the final closure of restaurants in Little Italy and Riverside South.

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