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Companies, patrons absorb Ottawa’s extra-long patio season

Companies, patrons absorb Ottawa’s extra-long patio season

With record-breaking temperatures in Ottawa and COVID-19 traits nonetheless excessive, it is no shock Ottawa’s patios have been buzzing this weekend.

On Saturday afternoon, temperatures hit 23 C, making it the warmest Nov. 5 on report within the nation’s capital.

Wearing a t-shirt and shorts, Derek Lucas, determined to reap the benefits of the good climate with a pint on the Deacon Brodies Pub patio on Elgin Road. 

“There’s nothing higher than being out on a patio, having a beer and hanging out with associates in, , shorts and a T-shirt in November,” he instructed CBC.

“Proper now we’re actually having fun with this constructive power.” 

The weekly common degree of coronavirus in Ottawa’s wastewater has been excessive however secure, and Ottawa’s medical officer of well being is urging folks to put on masks in indoor and crowded areas.

So for many who put on masks indoors, an prolonged patio season could be welcoming information, Lucas mentioned.

“It is nice to be exterior, the place you do not essentially want a masks in case you do not wish to.” 

Simon Arbuthnot enjoys a pint of beer along with his pet Saturday afternoon on the Past the Pale Brewing Firm. (Rachelle Elsiufi /CBC Information )

Excellent climate to ‘simply hang around’

Lucas wasn’t the one one occupied with hitting a patio Saturday afternoon. Simon Arbuthnot additionally determined to push his “winter chores” off till subsequent week and revel in a beer underneath the solar.

“I do not keep in mind November climate like this ever,” he mentioned. 

“We thought, the climate [is] so good. Why do not we simply get out and go and have a stroll, sit out on the patio, have a drink and a chew to eat and simply hang around?”

Whereas frigid temperatures would possibly nonetheless be weeks away, Arbuthnot is already hoping winter patios make a comeback this 12 months.

They began popping up extra often when Ottawa went into COVID-19 lockdown final winter, enabling companies to remain open and in addition adjust to now-lifted pandemic restrictions. 

“By COVID, we loved coming right here and wrapping up and placing on our ski gear and sitting out on the patio,” Arbuthnot mentioned.

“So maybe we’ll do the identical once more this 12 months, I do not know!”

Ken Goodhue, one of many homeowners of Deacon Brodies, mentioned he cannot keep in mind the final time November has been this heat — and that is been nice for his Elgin Road pub’s backside line. (Rachelle Elsiufi/ CBC Information)

Good for enterprise, too

The nice and cozy climate additionally led the Metropolis of Ottawa to increase permits for short-term patios on sidewalks and different right-of-ways till Nov. 13. They have been supposed to finish on Oct. 31.

“We now have to thank Mayor Jim Watson for the efforts he made on our behalf,” mentioned Deacon Brodies co-owner Ken Goodhue.

“Not solely did he waive the patio value on metropolis property, however this rebuilding of Elgin Road has made an enormous distinction.”

Friday night time was busy each contained in the pub and on the patio, Goodhue mentioned. He mentioned could not keep in mind the final time a November kicked off with such good climate.

“And I am 76, so I’m going again a good distance,” he mentioned. “It is so sudden [so] we must always reap the benefits of it whereas it lasts.” 

Rob McIsaac of Past the Pale Brewing Firm additionally says the climate’s been nice for enterprise, with their patio serving to them get via current ceiling repairs. (Rachelle Elsiufi/ CBC Information)

Over at Past the Pale Brewing Firm, co-owner Rob McIsaac mentioned that October and November are usually more durable months — and the unseasonable climate has confirmed good for enterprise.

It is also helped the brewery hold going throughout some current renovations, he added.

“We have been doing a little soundproofing on the ceiling final week, and so we have been solely open exterior. And the climate co-operated,” McIsaac mentioned.

“So we ended up saving a first rate sum of money.”