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Ottawa's oldest pub among establishments opening patios as soon as restrictions ease

Ottawa Coalition of BIAs Chair Mark Kaluski is hopeful that, if residents work together and avoid indoor gatherings, we may have endured the last lockdown.
The Chateau Lafayette on York St., July 15, 2020 // Photo courtesy of the Chateau Lafayette (

Ottawa's oldest pub will begin pouring pints as soon as the province enters Step 1 of its reopening.

The Chateau Lafayette in the ByWard Market will open its patio for a service right as restrictions ease at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 11.

Deek Labelle, general manager of 'the Laff,' feels the reopening is long overdue but says the bar is handling it with a careful approach.

"We're cautiously optimistic... we're moving forward but not sprinting forward," Labelle told CityNews Ottawa.

She adds, an area for take-out and merchandise has been made for those still uncomfortable heading to a patio.

Ottawa Coalition of BIAs Chair Mark Kaluski explains, others in the business community also feel cautiously optimistic about the reopening. He says that while there is excitement ahead of the reopening, there is concern there could be another lockdown.

However, he is confident if residents do their part, that will not happen.

"I think if we all keep working together, I think if we sort of avoid the indoor gatherings... let's do it," Kaluski said. "We can get past this and not have another set of lockdowns."


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