When I was a student, I loved starting my day by walking to Morning Owl Coffeehouse on Rochester Street for a scone and an Americano. The baristas always made my coffee just right, the baked goods were fresh and – if I managed to get out of bed early enough – still warm from the oven. Or, if I went a little later, I would grab a Mango Chicken Curry sandwich on my favourite 12-grain fennel bread from Art-Is-In.
But, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. I started to work a 9 to 5 job downtown, and no longer had the privilege of going.
Then, in February 2015, a second Morning Owl location opened at 139 Bank Street, conveniently located a few blocks from my office. It was like being reunited with an old friend. I could once again get my fix of their chocolaty, rich Americanos.
Since then, they have been spreading their wings even wider, with new locations popping up across Ottawa. Could Morning Owl be landing in a neighbourhood near you?
If you live around Elgin Street, you’re in luck. A third location is now open on the corner of Elgin and Gladstone. It’s part of what is being called The Common, the complex that is also home to El Camino, Datsun, and the Common Concept Shop. The Elgin Street location is open a bit later during the week (until 5:30pm), and is also open on Saturdays (from 9am to 5:30pm).
But wait, there’s more! Morning Owl is almost ready to open in the Golden Triangle and in Kanata.
Their Cooper Street location near City Hall will be part of the new student residence complex. It’s where the old Holiday Inn used to be. Despite being in the student residence building, it will still be open to the public. It’s set to open in the next few months, but there is no official date yet.
The new Kanata location, part of the William’s Court development, will be a Morning Owl+. It will be significantly larger than the other locations, open seven days a week, and will serve brunch on weekends.
Each location will have Morning Owl staples like their homemade baked goods, delicious sandwiches, and famous coffee, made with a special blend of beans from Equator Coffee Roasters in Almonte. But some locations will be able to offer a little something extra.
The Elgin and Kanata locations will be licenced to serve alcohol, and will be serving up unique coffee-based cocktails, among others. The Kanata location is even planning to offer baking classes.
Owner Jordan O’Leary’s goal is to keep the same high quality food, drink and service they’ve had from the beginning, but to bring his Morning Owl brand to bigger audience.