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LINKED: British military officer wounded in Kanata drive-by

UPDATE, September 15: CBC reports that more than a dozen rounds were fired out of a white Jeep Cherokee in a drive-by shooting early Thursday morning, and Ottawa police are asking for the public’s help to find the vehicle. Read more…

From CBC Ottawa:

A British military officer visiting Ottawa to participate in a military shooting competition was injured in a drive-by shooting at the Kanata Centrum Shopping Centre early Thursday morning, Military Police say.

Ottawa police were called to a parking lot off Roland Michener Drive, near the Crazy Horse bar, just after 2 a.m. Thursday.

A 28-year-old man suffered a serious gunshot wound in the leg, Ottawa police said. Paramedics took him to hospital, where he was listed in stable condition later Thursday morning.

A 22-year-old man also suffered a minor gunshot injury, Ottawa police said.

Both shooting victims were not the intended targets, Ottawa police said in a tweet Thursday afternoon.

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Police make arrest in connection with attempted robbery of senior

(Via Ottawa Police)

The Ottawa Police Service Robbery Unit has laid charges in connection to an overnight robbery.

On April 13, 2016, at approximately 11:15pm, a female in her 70’s was walking to her car in a parking lot situated at the Kanata Centrum Shopping Centre. She was approached by a lone male suspect armed with a knife. The suspect made a demand for the woman’s car keys. The woman refused to comply and walked away. Continue reading


Third year’s a charm for Aperitivo

(Photos by Barry Gray)

The owner of Aperitivo restaurant at the Kanata Centrum didn’t want to jinx his business with a first or second birthday party, but he’s going all out for birthday number three.

Sean McCoy quit a job in software sales three years ago, and took over a restaurant space where none of the three previous restaurants managed to survive more than two years.

“For us it was, let’s get by the two-year mark that nobody else has,” says McCoy. “Now it’s: what can we do to give back to the community? Instead of it being a celebration about us, we wanted to get members of our community — our regulars — to come out and give back.”

The third birthday, presented in collaboration with Kichesippi Beer, takes place on Sunday, September 13 from 6:00pm-10:00pm. There’s a $20 cover charge that includes food, and all proceeds to go to Roger’s House and Tysen’s Mission to a Million.

Sean McCoy, owner of Aperitivo restaurant. Photo by Barry Gray.
Sean McCoy, owner of Aperitivo restaurant. Photo by Barry Gray.


McCoy wasn’t completely new to the restaurant industry when he switched careers.  He was part of the teams that opened the Kelsey’s on Merivale, and the Chophouse in Kanata.

“I saw one success, one failure. I’d worked as a doorman in the market while doing software sales to save up money for an engagement ring,” he says.

“The biggest challlenge is trying to stay relevant and ahead of the game. Our team and our chefs strive to be different. they put out a menu almost every two months and it’s alays different, always evolving. We work with a lot of local producers. The menus reflect what’s in season. Changing a menu is terrifying every time we do it – how will people react to the change?”

McCoy stays out of the kitchen for the most part and manages the front-of house operation.  He credits his staff and the support of his family for the restaurant’s success.  (It’s ranked #4 of over 2,200 Ottawa restaurants on TripAdvisor.)

“I have an excellent set of chefs. The core has been there since day one: my head chef, my sous chef. They manage the food and the menus and I rarely question what they do – I question to learn, not to debate what they’re doing,” he says.



Fat Tuesdays applies for liquor permit at Kanata Centrum location

UPDATE (March 28): The restaurant will open in Kanata in summer 2016.

Fat Tuesdays has applied for a liquor license at 625 Kanata Avenue, the former location of the late Skirt Stake restaurant at Kanata Centrum.

This will be the bar’s second location in Ottawa. The original location is on York Street in they Byward Market, and is famous for their duelling pianos show and New Orleans inspired menu.

We did reach out to Fat Tuesdays management but so far they’re keeping their cards pretty close to their chest about when the Kanata location will open.