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Downtown Comings and Goings: North Bank Street

By Elyse Van Herk on June 24, 2016

The northernmost section of Bank Street has seen many changes to its roster of businesses so far this year. For the purpose of this article we’re specifically covering the section from Wellington to Gilmour, and its surroundings.

First off, it is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to several establishments. Some of our dearly departed are:

German Town Deli, Ichido Ramen, Sooter’s Photography, Celtic Cross Irish Pub, New York Burritos and Meat in the Middle (anyone have the recipe for their potato salad?).

But as they say, when a door closes another opens – and there have been plenty of doors opening in the past six months. Here’s an update on our new arrivals:

Food:

Roastn Brew Coffee House opened a location on the corner of Queen early this year. For those of you who live in this part of town, you’ll be pleased to know they are bucking the trend of closing when all the public servants flee the area, and are open late enough for you to grab a sandwich or pasta salad for dinner (well, 7pm).

Toronto favourite Sansotei Ramen moved in beside Sports4. They had a non-stop lineup for the first few weeks they were open. We made it there their second week and were very impressed. Ottawa hopped on the pho-train a long time ago, but we seem to get the short end of the noodle when it comes to good ramen places – so Sansotei is a welcome addition to our city.

Vetta Osteria has turned a section of their restaurant into a new café/sandwich place, called Kaffine 199. They serve Italian-style sandwiches, cappuccinos and biscotti.

Indian restaurant Roast n’ Curries has moved in right beside Bread & Sons Bakery. We have yet to try it out, but the place smells amazing every time we walk by. Anyone tried this place?

Euro-Mex serves the usual Mexican fare, but with a side of European favorites like Greek salads, weinerschnitzel and eiernockerl (Austrian dumplings stuffed with egg). Look for this place right beside Strategy, the board game store.

King’s Pizza and Greek – Yet another pizza/Greek take out spot opened in Meat in the Middle’s old digs. Maybe we’re just bitter because it replaces one of our favourite Centretown spots, but it seems pretty lacklustre.

Just down the way from Bank on Somerset, Fairouz has opened its doors. It’s an upscale Middle Eastern restaurant named after an old Ottawa favourite (which used to occupy the same location). This youthful reincarnation features an executive chef and sommelier who have both done time at E18hteen it looks like it’s going to be a hit.

Drinks, Fitness and more:

Mulligans Golf Bar [previously on Apt613] has opened under Escape Manor on Queen Street. This golf simulation bar is going for the speakeasy vibe, and boasts a surprisingly delicious menu.

Crazy NailsDorothy Shen is one of Ottawa’s best-known nail artists, and she finally has a spot of her own after sharing with a hair salon for years. Stop by her new bubble-gum pink digs for a $45 mani-pedi, right beside the Golden Baguette.

Bright and colourful work done by @ruby.chen.7547 thank u for coming ! #colourful #cheetah #diamonds#pigment#crazynails

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Weeds Glass and Gifts This “glass and gifts” dispensary is the second location for Weeds in Ottawa. They offer a wide variety of edibles and other medicinals, and occupy the old Stroked Ego location (Stroked Ego moved to a new spot above the Starbucks on Bank and Slater).

The old Wallacks Gallery storefront has given way to Spin Citywhich offers protein shakes and a full schedule of 45 minute spinning classes – early morning, lunchtime and evening.

Are there any spots we missed? Do you have the recipe for Meat in the Middle’s potato salad? Have you tried any of these places? Comment below to let us know what you think.