For a short while, it was a hotspot. Source: City of Ottawa Archives.

For a short while, it was a hotspot. Source: City of Ottawa Archives (1955).

Some restaurants take on a life of their own and go down in history as being legendary for the community, even once long gone. Soggy drunken nights at the Belle Claire or the Saucy Noodle, for example, loom within the memories of many Ottawans. Others appear to make their mark and then disappear once the the lights are turned off for the last time. Or in some cases, once the fire brigade shuts off its hoses.

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