Indian restaurateur asks to add wine bar to Market

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A long-time Ottawa restaurateur is proposing to add another bar to the ByWard Market, even as some area businesses say the neighbourhood needs greater retail diversity.

198 Clarence St., at Cumberland, in the ByWard Market.

The Shafali Group owns several Indian dining facilities in Ottawa, including two in the Market. It’s filed a request with the city to rezone a building located at the southwest corner of Clarence and Cumberland streets.

The two-storey brick building is currently home to residences and a hair salon, according to planning documents filed with the city. The owners want the city’s approval to replace the residential portions on the first and second floor with a wine bar.

The application comes as the city is evaluating the mix of businesses in the area. A team of consultants from New York, whom they asked to study the area last year, is set to publicly table its report in April.

Some argue there are already too many restaurants and bars in the area already, and that there needs to be other amenities to ensure the Market remains a tourism draw.

Shafali says the proposed wine bar will help to serve increasing demand from an area that has added a lot of residents in recent years. The new business will add to the “diversity and attractiveness” of the area, it said in the planning documents filed with the city.

Organizations: Shafali Group

Geographic location: Ottawa, Clarence, New York

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  • George
    February 26, 2013 - 11:23

    The city & LLBO should approve the license. Wine bars do not have a reputation of causing public intoxication or drunken rowdiness; they and their clientele are not in the same vein as night clubs or public houses. The Shafali owners are good entrepreneuial stewards for the Byward Market and would undoubtedly present a positive, welcome business to the area.

    • Dave
      February 26, 2013 - 18:19

      I concur with George's comment. Also that area needs Shafali's brazenness to add better types of business on Cumberland. More of that type of customer traffic in the area will be a good thing for the area.