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Sat Dec 10, 2005 Miss Vicky 

The Side Door Bingo Hall has closed! There are huge "for rent" signs in the window. I'm trying to find out what happened... rumour has it they went bankrupt (which is surprising to me, since there seemed to be a healthy crowd in there most of the time. Anyone know the story?

And of course this closure begs the question: what would we like to see in the space? I'm tempted to say "anything but another payday loans company", but perhaps we can stretch our imagination a little farther. Any ideas?

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amckay Dec 10, 2005 08:11 PM said:

I bet someone blames this on the smoking bylaw.

As for what to put there, a brewpub, of course!

liss76 Dec 11, 2005 02:26 AM said:

A gym!

amckay Dec 11, 2005 07:10 AM said:

Aikido dojo!

Miss Vicky Dec 11, 2005 08:42 AM said:

Walk-in clinic.

Pet store.


The Webgeek Dec 11, 2005 09:42 AM said:

Aikido dojo!
As opposed to Takahashi's? They *do* do Aikido too. I think their main sensai actually own Suisha Gardens.

All I know is another Noodle house or barber shop might be overkill.

[Edited By The Webgeek Dec 11, 2005 12:19 PM]

amckay Dec 11, 2005 12:36 PM said:

Yeah, but they're Yoshinkan Aikido - a very early offshoot which for various reasons does not interest me. And only 3 classes a week. Right now I'm up to 5 classes a week. Would be nice to have a full-time (Aikido) dojo around the corner with 2 or 3 classes a day to choose from! We could turn Hintonburg into a Martial-Arts district with Takahashi, Therien and a new Aikido dojo. OK, me dreaming again ...

And yes, I think another noodle house would be overkill ;-)

liss76 Dec 11, 2005 05:04 PM said:

We could use an all-you-can-eat Lebanese buffet, however. ;o)

peabody Dec 12, 2005 12:16 AM said:

A Tim Frikken Horton's! What a prime location, there are none around for miles and miles..

Don't mind me, they must put crack in their coffee or something.. I love it a bit too much. Seriously tho.. it's odd that that part of town doesn't have one.

amckay Dec 12, 2005 05:51 AM said:

They don't put crack in it, but they do pump it with extra caffeine. And I could go a long, long time without seeing a Tim Hortons in this neighbourhood not the least of which reason being that their coffee is vile. Go to the new Bridgehead if you want real coffee.

But the biggest reason I wouldn't want a Timmies is that part of the character of this neighbourhood that I like is that most of the stores are mom-and-pop, and there are very few chains/franchises. And yes, I do consider that KFC by Miss Vicky to be an eyesore!

[Edited By amckay Dec 12, 2005 05:51 AM]

Miss Vicky Dec 12, 2005 07:53 AM said:

I'm all for another Bridgehead, though! We could use a decent coffee shop in this part of the 'hood.

amckay Dec 12, 2005 08:35 AM said:

Maybe we can convince Francesco to open a 2nd shop ;-)

Miss Vicky Dec 12, 2005 10:02 AM said:

Sounds good to me.


The Webgeek Dec 12, 2005 12:46 PM said:

They don't put crack in it, but they do pump it with extra caffeine.

Actually, it's the higher fat content in their cream. Fat's addictive. If you don't think so, go watch "Super-Size Me".

As for its coffee being vile or not, Timmy's is what a lot of people think of when they think coffee. It's like pizza. Some people love thick crust, greasy, gooey pizza. Other people, not so much. (I don't know whats wrong with them, but they don't like it.) It all depends on what you've been raised on. While I've developed a taste for "real" coffee -- I must admit that I do enjoy the occasional Timmy's as well. And one cannot deny that it is the perfect road-trip beverage.

Either way, I'd prefer a Timmy's to a Starbucks, if one were to open up a coffee chain in the 'hood.

With a Bridgehead in Westboro and not that far up on Wellington, I doubt a third would open up here anytime soon.

As for ther KFC. It may be an eyesore, but it's a vintage eyesore. With the pointed roof and rotating bucket (are there any others left in Ottawa? Ontario even?), it's one of the last "Scott's Chicken Villa" era KFC's around. It's probably been in this hood longer than most of the Mom & Pop places. (Heck, there's probably stuff in the grease trap older than me.) I think only Tony's shoe repair and the Elmdale tavern could claim to be older.

peabody Dec 12, 2005 08:33 PM said:

Yea I agree, perhaps something with bit more style that is "mom & pop" would be more deserving for that spot.

For the record: I drink my Timmies with milk, no sugar or cream.

As for the KFC, it has kitsch value for sure.

BTW, if you haven't tried it yet.. The Spring Roll House across the street from KFC is one of my favorite spots to eat in Ottawa. I love it. Geeze, I spend alot of time in that neighbourhood for someone who lives in hull ;)

Flanders Dec 13, 2005 10:03 AM said:

OK...if we're dreaming, give me unlimited funds and I'd open another payday loans place there...the only difference being I'd change 0.0000001% interest, and effectively put all the other payday loan places out of business...hee hee...

liss76 Dec 13, 2005 12:11 PM said:

And then turn it into an all-you-can-eat Lebanese buffet?

Flanders Dec 13, 2005 07:02 PM said:

Not all you can eat because my kids would put me out of business faster than offering payday loans at 0.000000001%...

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