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Queen St. Fare opens as Ottawa’s first live music food hall

By Amanda Armstrong on December 7, 2018

Before sunrise on Friday December 7, Queen St. Fare opened its doors to the public for the first time. Bar Robo’s new second location began selling coffees and tasty breakfast treats to those on their way in to work in the early hours of the morning. Queen St. Fare is the city’s first food hall and the country’s first to boast a beautiful stage, bringing live musical performances, DJs, and dance parties to this unique space.

This new and exciting space in Ottawa’s downtown core takes over the bottom of 170 Queen Street. It’s home to six delicious food vendors, one awesome bar, a stage, and sprawling communal space and seating for nearly 400 guests. This one-of-a-kind venue has got all of your bases covered, from your morning coffee, to your end of the work day drink with friends, to your late night dance party shake off.

Bar Robo’s bustling new digs begins slinging coffees and delicious donuts at 6am to keep you going during the morning workday hustle. They’ve got sandwiches for lunch and cocktails replace coffee in the later hours of the day. The remaining five food vendors begin serving food at 10:30am on weekdays and 10am on weekends.

So who are the remaining five eateries and what will you find to eat at Queen St. Fare? Mercadito, brought to you by Top Chef Canada winner Rene Rodriguez, is serving up some delicious Mexican street food. Think burritos, tacos, and—for those excited about new brunch options—a tostada huevos ranchero.

Fiazza Fresh Fired Pizza delivers hand-rolled pizzas that are ready in under five minutes. You can choose one of their signature pizzas, like the Picante Calabrese, or make your own from their wide selection of toppings and sauces. Green Rebel is keeping things light, with salads, smoothies, and Buddha Boxes packed with flavour and energy.

Sen Kitchen serves a whole lot of Vietnamese and Asian foods, including pho, bun, stir frys, and curries. Capitol Burger Counter brings burgers to Queen St. Fare. Made from locally sourced beef from Tweed, Ontario and topped with house-made sauces, these are not just your average burgers—and Queen St. Fare is not your average food hall.

Another important element to Queen St. Fare is Q Bar. Located right beside the stage, so you don’t have to stray far from the action, Q Bar is pouring local craft beers, delicious wines, and mixing some mean cocktails.

All of this, wrapped up in a beautiful space designed by Ottawa-based designers, Iron and Ivory. The space is open and inviting and behind the stage is a beautiful mural by Canadian artist Kathryn Macnaughton. The Art Deco inspired elements found throughout the space bring a warmth that, combined with the large communal tables, make Queen St. Fare a space you want to come to meet people and stay a while.

Queen St. Fare will have live music almost daily, including Jazz Brunches on Saturdays and Sundays, paired with mimosa and caesar specials from Q Bar. In addition to the wealth of live music taking place at Queen St. Fare, there will also be dance performances, comedy acts, spoken word, art shows, and an incredible variety of events being held in the space. There is already a lot to be excited about and Queen St. Fare has given Ottawans a lot to look forward to.

This weekend’s Jazz Brunch series features music by The Nebula Organ Trio. There is also a free Portishead listening party on Wednesday, December 12th, with DJs Glory Hull, Jas Nasty, and Sweet Cheeks.