CHAT RECAP

How has Ottawa's restaurant scene changed?

The sudden closure of two Ottawa restaurants for financial reasons begs the question: How is Ottawa's food scene changing, and can businesses realistically keep up?

Ottawa Magazine food editor took questions in live chat Thursday

Domus Café, a respected restaurant in the ByWard Market, shut its doors for good abruptly on Monday. (CBC)
Freelance food writer Shawna Wagman is also Ottawa Magazine's food editor. (Supplied photo)
Two well-liked restaurants — Domus Café in the ByWard Market and Zen Kitchen in Chinatown — shut their doors for good abruptly this month, and while the reasons were different, they both related to dwindling business.

Ottawa had a much smaller food scene 10 years ago, but now it boasts dozens of highly regarded restaurants and award-winning chefs with national profile.

Can the market handle it? What challenges and opportunities does Ottawa's food market present for restaurateurs?

Shawna Wagman has been documenting Ottawa's food scene for about a decade and she took questions in a web chat on Thursday, conveniently over the lunch hour.

Wagman is a freelance food writer and is also the food editor for Ottawa Magazine.

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