The new owner of a restaurant known for hosting indie music concerts in Ottawa is facing a social media uproar with questions about the restaurant's future.
Elmdale Tavern, which sits on Wellington Street in the Hintonburg neighbourhood, will change owners after Dec. 28. A band called Micarza Camaro will play the final show that night before the tavern changes hands.
Patrons say the tavern is an "unpretentious" and "intimate" venue, but they are worried live shows will disappear after the Whalesbone Oyster House takes over ownership.
"It's primarily a live music venue and there's only a handful of places like that that aren't primarily a drinking establishment," said Nathan McCunn.
Whalesbone is a trendy seafood restaurant with two locations in Centretown. Joshua Bishop owns Whalesbone and he has seen a social media backlash after news of his purchase went public.
Less music, not 6 nights a week
The current owners approached Bishop about selling the tavern and he agreed to buy it, but with the knowledge the restaurant will change somewhat.
"It won't be the furious pace of music that Nat and Bruce Myles have maintained at six nights a week," Bishop said, "We just won't be able to do that."
The plan includes hosting some live music and a kitchen offering shellfish, as well as the tavern's popular pickled eggs.
For Greg Kelly, who hosts the Tuesday night open mic session, music just a few nights a week would suffice.
"Naturally, I'm upset because we had a good thing going with the open mic at the Elmdale," he said.
"But it's a positive thing, as well, because hopefully the new owners will enjoy open mic as well."