Psst… can you keep a secret? There’s a new burger spot in town. But the way things are going, they won’t be a secret for long. Hushh opened at the end of February in Lowertown and has been slowly expanding their menu to include beef, chicken, and plant burgers, fries, and breakfast sandwiches. In other words, they’ve got you covered no matter when you stop by for a meal.
Beef patties sourced from Dumouchel Meat and Deli: check. Crisp toppings: check. Fresh buns from Bread & Roses Bakery: check. Secret sauchh (that’s the Hushh version of “sauce”): check. Oh, and did I mention their colourslaw? Eat your veggies, kids!
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Hushh is just the first project to open at 360 St Patrick Street, with more on the way, according to founder and owner Donald Batal. We connected via email so I could learn more about this new addition to Lowertown, on the edge of the ByWard Market. Batal is also behind LeSuq, a Middle Eastern grocery and café with locations on Beechwood Avenue and Preston Street that opened this past summer. It’s wonderful to see a local business do well, and impressive considering the size of the space. In what used to be a Tim Hortons, they’ve got ambitious and creative plans to maximize the space as a “ghost kitchen.”
According to Batal, “a ghost kitchen is a pure food delivery operation that doesn’t have any seating or takeout service. This concept started to get popular a long time before the pandemic, during the rise of food aggregators like UberEats three to four years ago across the world. Some ghost kitchens are set up in a way where multiple food brands can operate under the same roof, where they pay a fee to the management. Our model is more focused on operating our own brands, with a space for one other brand to rent the space with us.”
A ghost kitchen is a pure food delivery operation that doesn’t have any seating or takeout service… Our model is more focused on operating our own brands with a space for one other brand to rent the space with us.—Donald Batal, Founder and owner
When asked about future plans, Batal responded that “ghost kitchens evolved when things were normal and they will keep growing when things are back to normal.” With warm weather on the horizon, I’m hoping for a patio and some local beers to accompany my burger. Until then, orders can be placed online for pickup or delivery. As the weather gets nicer, Major’s Hill Park is just up the street, or you can stroll over to the Ottawa River and enjoy your meal in Bordeleau Park.
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As a resident of Lowertown, I’m excited to see a new option within walking distance. As a burger fan, I’m happy to have another option on rotation from my usual trips to Chez Lucien. As a passionate supporter of local arts and culture (that includes food, right?), I’m considering this a win for Ottawa.
I’ve reconsidered: don’t keep this secret hush-hush.
Hushh is located at 360 St Patrick Street, at the corner of King Edward Avenue. They are currently open Monday–Thursday from 3–10pm, Friday and Saturday from 11:30am–10:30pm, and Sunday from 12–9pm. You can order online for pickup or delivery. There are no walk-up sales, so you’ll have to order ahead (but there is a parking lot where you can wait for your order to be ready). Follow Hushh on Instagram @hushh.ca.