My partner Karina and I are the faces behind the NCC’s Bistro in Confederation Park. We spent last summer getting a glimpse of life in Confederation Park, which is a popular meeting spot for locals, tourists and working professionals in the heart of downtown Ottawa. Here’s a look at how we got started and what life was like in the park.
A new and unique concept
Life in Confederation Park
Confederation Park was our top choice of Bistro locations, because it’s close to tourist attractions and the University of Ottawa, and the business crowd is only a block away. We knew that there was already a lot of traffic going through the park, and we were excited to give people an opportunity to stop and hang out. For many years, I myself have been walking through Confederation Park, as I moved to Sandy Hill over 13 years ago. But I had never really taken the time to stop and watch the crowds go by. I wasn’t too familiar with the characteristics of the park, but all that changed when we launched the Bistro.
Managing the lunch rush (pre- COVID-19)
This season, we want to continue building on the success of the Bistro. Although our menu will remain similar, there are a few changes we will be making due to COVID-19 circumstances:
- Physical distancing measures — tables are arranged with more space between them
- Plexiglas serving windows in place to limit contact between servers and the public
- Directional and queuing markers
- Hand sanitizer available on-site
See you at the NCC Bistro at Confederation Park!